In 1979 attorney Joyce Tischler co-founded a pioneering group of fellow lawyers called Attorneys for Animal Rights. In 1984 the group became the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Joyce was the Executive Director for twenty-five years. After transitioning to ALDF's general counsel, she became responsible for in-house legal matters, as well as writing, lecturing on, and promoting the field of animal law. She has been called a visionary, a leader, an inspiration, the "Mother of Animal Law" and a role model. As we sat down together at her home in Northern California, we were periodically joined by Deja, her daughter's affectionate rescued pit bull.