Ryan Clinton of Austin, Texas is an attorney, and community and animal advocate. As an appellate attorney at the law firm Hankinson LLP Ryan has handled some of the most high-profile appellate litigation in Texas and has successfully argued in the Supreme Court of Texas four times.
In recognition of this work, Ryan has eight times been named one of Texas’s best appellate attorneys under 40 by Texas Rising Stars, as chosen by the Texas Super Lawyers/Thomson Reuters legal division and published in Texas Monthly magazine, and has been named a finalist for the young professional of the year award by Austin Under 40.
But his legal acumen is only a one part of who Ryan Clinton is. The self-described “sucker for homeless pets” helped found the animal-advocacy organization FixAustin.org in 2005 with the goal of ending the unnecessary killing of sheltered animals at Austin’s open-admission animal shelter. In 2011, Austin’s shelter saved 90 percent or more of all sheltered dogs and cats, qualifying for “No Kill” status, something Ryan says he deserves little credit for.
“The real heroes in Austin are the rescue groups who rolled up their sleeves, the citizens who demanded reform, and the City Council who made it happen.” In an interview with The American Dog, Ryan noted that the public holds the key to saving lives. “People need to rise up and demand change,” he says. “In a democracy, the government answers to the people and should reflect the people’s values. Too often, shelters do neither.”
Ryan’s charitable work has been featured in international, national, and local news sources including the American Dog Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, Best Friends, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. He was awarded the No Kill Advocacy Center’s Henry Bergh Leadership Award in 2009, and has been a speaker on Reforming Animal Control at No Kill Conferences in Washington, D.C., since 2009.
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