University Bio - Ann Griffin

Ann Griffin

Adjunct Faculty

Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: N/A
Phone: (546) 779-0332


  • J.D. University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • B.A. Wayne State University


Professor Ann Griffin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Psychology and Anthropology from Wayne State University. She earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. After earning her J.D., she practiced law with Dykema Gossett, PLLC, in its Detroit office. Two years later, she returned to her alma mater law school, where she held both teaching and administrative positions over a 16-year period. Professor Griffin developed Detroit Mercy Law's first animal law class in fall 2011, and she has taught the class each fall since its inception. From 2008-2010, she served as the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) Sterilization Program Manager. In that position, she developed and managed a comprehensive program designed to reduce feline overpopulation through sterilization. In January 2015, Professor Griffin returned to MHS, where her work focuses on legislative advocacy and the development and implementation of a training program for law enforcement on handling animal encounters in the field. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section, and is Vice Chair of the Animal Law Section Council (the Section's 15-member executive body). She is the Chair of the Section's Legislative Committee and co-editor of the Section's newsletter. She is a published author in the area of animals and the law.


Selected Topics in Property

Animal Rights