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What is Animal Law and How Could it Impact Your Practice?

The term “animal law” may sound unfamiliar to you, but it is an emerging field of the law being practiced throughout the U.S. and taught in 142 law schools. It can be found in contract law, torts, landlord-tenant issues, wills and trusts, state anti-cruelty statutes, and patenting, to name a few. Given that 62% of American households include pets, and the sale of pet foods and other pet products and services totaled $50.96 billion in 2011, can animal law provide a growth area for your practice? The speaker will describe animal law and recent cases of note.

Joyce Tischler

As one of the co-founders of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, 33 years ago, California attorney Joyce Tischler has helped shape the emerging field of animal law. Joyce handled some of Animal Legal Defense Fund’s earliest cases, including a 1981 lawsuit that halted the U.S. Navy’s plan to kill 5,000 feral burros and a 1988 challenge to the U.S. Patent Office’s rule allowing the patenting of genetically altered animals. She has tackled such diverse topics as challenges to hunting and trapping using the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), enforcement of the federal Animal Welfare Act, standing to sue, animal custody battles, the right to kill animals pursuant to will provisions, landlord-tenant issues and damages and recovery for injury to or death of an animal. Joyce was the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Executive Director for 25 years and now serves as the agency’s General Counsel. She is currently co-authoring a casebook on animal law and a compendium on farmed animals.

Date:Friday, February 15, 2013

Time: 11:45 am check in; 12:00 – 1:30 pm Presentation

Presenter: Joyce Tischler, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Place: SCBA, 37 Old Courthouse Sq., Ste. 100, Santa Rosa, CA

Cost: $45–SCBA Members; $55–Public; $20—Student (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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