AR-News: (US-DC) Animal Law Conference at American University 4-17

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The Practice of Animal Law
 Perspectives on its Past, Present, and Future 

  American University Washington College of Law
  4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
  Washington, DC 20016

  This conference will take place on Saturday April 17, 2004, starting with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m.  The registration fee is $25.  American University students may attend at no charge. The registration fee for other students is $5. To register online, go to and click on Event Registration. For information on registration, contact hmaurer at

  CLE Credit $210.00 (CLE credit is pending in VA, PA. Please call for update. 202 274-4075.)

  That evening, the new documentary Peaceable Kingdom will be screening at WCL's auditorium. This screening is open to the public. 
  The conference is co-sponsored by the District of Columbia's Bar Association's Animal Law Committee of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Section; the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals, and the American University Washington College of Law.

  The Association of the Bar of the City of New York would like to express its gratitude to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Animal Welfare Trust, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine for their generous contributions to this conference.

  8:30 - 9:00  Breakfast
  9:00 - 9:15 Opening Remarks
  9:15 -10:30  Consumer Protection Statutes

  This panel will give an overview of federal and state consumer protection statutes and will discuss several consumer food-related complaints, including those against KFC, the California Milk Advisory Board, McDonalds, the United Egg Producers, and Sonoma Foie Gras.  Additionally, an attorney with the Better Business Bureau's National Advertising Division will discuss NAD's role in ensuring truthful advertising, including advertising that addresses animal protection issues.  
  . James Pizzirusso, Esq., Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll
  . Matt Penzer, Esq., People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
  . Carter Dillard, Esq.
  . David Mallen, Esq., National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau 
  10:30-11:30  Civil Rights Protection 
  This panel will provide an overview of the USA Patriot Act and similar state initiatives, discuss how to protect individual civil rights via lawsuits against the government for constitutional rights violations, and advise on the extent to which a 501(c)(3) organization can engage in civil disobedience while protecting its tax exempt status.  
  . Sean Day, Esq., Law Offices of Sean R. Day
  . Mac Canter, Esq., Copilevitz & Canter, LLC
  11:30 - 11:45 

  11:45- 12:45 
  SESSION A:            Compiling Admissible Evidence to Support Anti-Cruelty Claims. 
  This presentation will discuss how to compile admissible evidence to obtain a cruelty conviction on behalf of companion and farmed animals.  
  . Scott Rolle, Esq., State's Attorney, Frederick County, MD      
  SESSION B:            Lobbying and Electioneering for Non-Profit Organizations
  Can a 501(c)(3) organization lobby without losing its tax-exempt status with the IRS?  If so, how much lobbying is permitted under the law?  What constitutes lobbying?  What about electioneering?  Can a non-profit organization attempt to directly influence an election of a specific candidate.  What about 501(c)(4) organizations?  When your client wants to engage in advocacy, make sure you and they know the rules on lobbying and political activity.  
  . Mac Canter, Esq., Copilevitz & Canter, LLC
  Lunch w/ Keynote Speaker  (TBA)

  SESSION A:            The Legal Rights of Animals in Tort Law

  This panel will discuss two areas of tort law.  First, it will discuss newly emerging law on establishing compensatory values for companion animals beyond their property value:  loss of companionship, emotional distress, and other non-economic damages.  Next, it will discuss the theory behind the proposed tort of intentional interference with a fundamental interest of a chimpanzee, discussing the issue of obtaining legal rights for chimpanzees based on an "interest" analysis under our current legal system that treats chimpanzees as property.  
  . Rebecca J. Huss, Esq., Associate Professor of Law, Valparaiso University School of Law, Indiana
  . Wendy Anderson, Esq.

  SESSION B:          Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals in Housing

  This panel will present information about litigation under the Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and various state laws, and discuss how the change in treatment of animals in this area of the law affects changing the nature of their property status.
  . Michael Allen, Esq., Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  . Kathy Hessler, Esq., Professor, Case Western Law School
  SESSION A:           Asserting Standing in Bringing Animal Protection Claims

  Courts have traditionally denied standing for animals and animal protection groups, making it difficult to have an animal protection case heard on the merits.  This panel will give background information on standing (what it is, what types of cases is standing an issue), discuss how standing to bring cases to protect the interests of animals has been obtained thus far and the obstacles this presents in bringing lawsuits, and the government's perspective on using litigation to protect the interests of animals.  
  . Katherine Meyer, Esq., Meyer & Glitzenstein                 

  SESSION B:            Using Petitions for Rulemaking to Affect Government Policy

  Petitions for Rulemaking have been underutilized by animal law practitioners.  This panel will provide background information about petitions for rulemakings, and discuss how to use these administrative petitions to change government policy and how to bring a lawsuit against an agency that denies your petition. 
  . Howard Crystal, Esq., Meyer & Glitzenstein 
  . Jeff Lubbers, Esq., Professor, Washington College of Law


  Using Your Law Degree to Affect Animal Law 

  a.            Creating your own public interest law firm             
  b.            General Counsel for an Animal Protection Group 
  c.            Law Professor 
  d.            Academic/Think tank
  e.            Pro Bono Opportunities
  .  Katherine Meyer, Esq., Meyer & Glitzenstein 
  .   Jeff Kerr, Esq. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
  .  Prof. Kathy Hessler, Case Western Reserve University
  .  Kim Stallwood, Director, Institute for Animals & Society
  .  Stephen Wells, Director of Education, Animal Legal Defense Fund
  Dinner will be on your own.
  7:30  Showing of Peaceable Kingdom

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