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About Sharon Discorfano

sharon discorfanoA graduate of Rice University, I have an M.A. in Literature from Georgetown and an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University, with my initial post-baccalaureate work in Psychology at Columbia University. In May 2012, I received my J.D. from the James E. Rogers College of Law at University of Arizona, with a personal focus on Animal Law issues.

As a law student, I founded the University of Arizona’s Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter, served as its Co-Director, and led a team of students working with faculty to have an Animal Law class added to the course offerings.

I am currently a licensed attorney in New York, and a member of the NYC Bar Association’s Committee on Animal Law. I am still active within academic circles, now frequently taking on the role of guest-speaker. Recent audiences include the New York chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, on laws regarding companion animals, and students and faculty at Pratt Institute and Columbia University, on farmed animals law and policy.

My personal experiences in the workplace range from academic settings to the music industry to Wall Street. My first career was as a child model, actress, and singer in New York; I resurfaced on the NYC blues scene years later, performing in venues such as The Bitter End, Manny’s Car Wash, Chicago B.L.U.E.S., and Tribeca Blues. After several years as a writer and educator, I shifted my focus to working in the music industry and then as a business owner, as Founder and CEO of Lyric Yoga and Wellness. In recent years, I’ve worked with many of the major animal welfare/rights organizations — ASPCA, Animal Welfare Institute, The Humane Society of the United States, Compassion Over Killing, and Mercy for Animals — in various capacities, ranging from legal/legislative to public and corporate outreach. (Note: posts on this site are solely mine and are not intended as representative of these organizations.)

Articles I’ve written have appeared in numerous publications, including The Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership in ActionThe Wilson Quarterly, Arizona Yoga (Managing Editor, 2005-08), and an article for Animal Wellness magazine on practicing yoga with a companion animal. I also was a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Sage, 2006). More recent publications: Veg News (March/April 2013) and articles for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Hills Of Africa Travel, and ASPCA Parents web sites. Letters to Pushkin, a collection of letters I wrote to my beagle Pushkin after his passing, is available on Amazon, in print and Kindle versions. My second book, Stellar Vegan Salads, is available on Amazon and also for the iPad.

I live in New York with my husband Seth and our dog, Galileo. Other cities I’ve hung my hat for a while: Houston, Rome, Austin, and Washington D.C.

I keep busy (!) but enjoy when I get to listen to other people’s stories, or to someone playing a saxophone or cello or guitar (or my six year-old nephew trying to play our piano)… or when I can just hang out with my family, especially on rainy “pajama” days.