The University of Denver is one step closer to unleashing a real Planet of the Apes.
Its law school recently created a professorship devoted to animal rights through a “generous gift” from the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF).
The professorship’s first recipient, the university’s own Justin Marceau, is not only an accomplished attorney, educated at Harvard and first in his class at Boston College.
He’s also trying to get two chimps released from a research facility on the legal theory that they have human rights.
“The ALDF Professorship is the first known position of its kind in the country,” the group said in a press release. “Once relegated to the ‘back seat’ of practice areas, animal rights law has recently experienced a tremendous surge of interest and commitment.”