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Animal Law Conference

2004: Justice For All

October 9 & 10, 2004

Please visit the Speaker Biographies site for information about our speakers.

Friday, October 8: 5:00 - 10:00
Evening Reception in the Executive Suite at Crowne Plaza Hotel**

Saturday, October 9

8:30-9:15: Registration and vegan continental breakfast

9:15-10:30:
Law 101 for Animal Advocates
, Room 7
with Laura Ireland Moore
Animal Law 101 for Legal Professionals, Room 8
with Amy Breyer and Adam Karp
Showing of The Witness, Smith Seminar Room

10:45-11:45:
Animal Welfare Act 101
, Room 7
with Mindy Kursban
Granting Animals Standing to Enforce the Animal Welfare Act: A Proposal of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Room 8
with Mariann Sullivan

11:45-1:30 Vegan Lunch

1:30-3:00:
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: Current Topics and Strategies for Regulating CAFOs
, Room 7
with Laura Krebsbach and Andrea Rodgers
The Ongoing Debate of Veterinary Malpractice Litigation, Room 8
with Chris Green

3:15-4:30:
Using Federal Courts to Protect Animals: Case Studies of the Makah’s Gray Whale Hunt and the Florida Manatee
, Room 7
with Eric Glitzenstein
The Scooby Doo Effect and the Phantom of Animal Ownership, Room 8
with Geordie Duckler

4:45-6:00
Break Out Sessions
*Attorneys
, Smith Seminar Room
*Law Students, Lezak Seminar Room
*Animal Advocates, Room 8
Showing of Peaceable Kingdom, Room 7

6:00-7:00: Auction, Social Hour, and Games

7:00-9:00: Vegan Banquet and Keynote Address by Paul Waldau: Kweli ndugu yanga — Connecting Animal Law to Our Greater Human Selves

Sunday, October 10

8:00-9:00: Registration and vegan continental breakfast

9:00-10:15:
Legal Actions Against False Advertising
, Room 7
with Miyun Park, Matthew Penzer and Carter Dillard
Cultural and Economic Obstacles to Animal Rights, Room 8
with Paul Waldau

10:30-12:00:
Legal Actions Against False Advertising Continued
, Room 7
with Miyun Park, Matthew Penzer and Carter Dillard
Fighting Foie Gras, Room 8
with Corey Evans

12:00-1:00: Vegan Lunch

1:00-2:30: Closing Address by Kim Stallwood

**All conference speakers and attendees are invited to join us for hors d’oeuvres and beverages. If you will be joining us, please email ncal@lclark.edu.

We have blocked rooms for out-of-town attendees and speakers at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located at 14811 Kruse Oaks Blvd. in Lake Oswego. Please visit our travel page for more information.

Animal Law Conference Speaker Biographies

Amy Breyer, Esq.

Amy is a solo animal law attorney in Chicago, Illinois. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois, the federal Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, as well as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law in May 2000. While at Northwestern, she founded a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She also interned for the Cook County State’s Attorney, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and the Hon. Ruben Castillo of the Northern District. After graduating, she practiced consumer class action law for more than a year, advocating for the rights of consumers, before opening her practice in animal law. Prior to law school, Ms. Breyer worked in journalism for more than a decade. She was a newswriter/producer at CNN in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C., and WPIX-TV in New York. A native of New York, she graduated from Boston University in 1986, B.S.B.A. cum laude.

Carter Dillard, Esq.

Carter received his Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and J.D. from Emory Univeristy before serving as legal counsel to the U.S. Department of Justice in 1999 and U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003. Currently a sole practitioner based in California, Carter has experience advocating for animals in public records access and false advertising cases, and in the deveplpment of municipal ordinances. Carter is a founding member of Four Feet Forward.

 

Dr. Geordie Duckler, Esq.

Geordie is an animal law attorney with The Animal Law Practice in Portland, Oregon. The vast majority of their clients are companion, domestic, and exotic animal owners, and a significant component of his practice revolves around litigation of animal-related injuries and issues. Duckler received his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1987 and his doctorate in biology from UCLA in 1997. As an active research scientist at UCLA, he lectured and published extensively on animal anatomy and the role of disease within ancient and modern animal populations. He has taught human and animal anatomy and physiology at colleges in both California and Oregon, and practices law in both states as well.

In addition to representing a varied and colorful clientele of animal shelters, recreational horse riders, neighborhood groups, specialty dog breeders, animal welfare activists, veterinarian clients, and private adoption agencies, Duckler also co-teaches the animal law course at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland and has sponsored several CLEs for the Oregon State Bar on animal law issues. His latest law review articles have addressed the economic value of domestic animals from a legal and anthropological perspective, and analyzed evidentiary problems impacting proof of animal personalities in the courtroom.

Corey Evans, Esq.

Mr. Evans is a civil litigation attorney at the Law Office of Evans & Page in Berkeley California. Mr. Evans is a graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law. Prior to starting his own practice, Mr. Evans worked as a corporate lawyer doing mergers, acquisitions, and stock offerings for Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. Mr. Evans’ practice includes civil suits brought by non-profits to stop the inhumane treatment of animals, civil suits brought on behalf of animal guardians whose animals have been wrongfully injured, and defending dogs in dangerous dog hearings. Mr. Evans currently represents In Defense of
Animals and the Animal Protection and Rescue League in their suit to have foie gras production declared animal cruelty under California law.

Eric Glitzenstein, Esq.

Eric Glitzenstein is a founding partner of Meyer & Glitzenstein, a public-interest law firm in Washington, D.C. that specializes, among other issues, in advocacy on behalf of both wildlife and captive animals. The firm has represented many animal protection and animal rights organizations, including The Fund for Animals, The Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, In Defense of Animals, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Eric has been counsel in many successful animal cases in federal court, including cases: preventing the Makah Indian Tribe from hunting gray whales; halting the hunting of grizzly bears in Montana; stopping the slaughter of bison near Yellowstone National Park; establishing new sanctuaries and refuges for Florida manatees; limiting the removal of wild horses from federal lands for slaughter; and enhancing protections for many endangered and threatened species. He has also been involved in cases that have recognized “standing” in federal court to challenge mistreatment of animals, including a pending case against Ringling Brothers concerning its treatment of Asian elephants in the circus.

Eric received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981. Prior to co-founding his law firm with Katherine Meyer in 1993, he clerked for a federal judge, and was a staff attorney with the Public Citizen Litigation Group. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown, and is also the President of the Wildlife Advocacy Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to complement Meyer & Glitzenstein’s legal work with non-legal advocacy on behalf of animals.

Chris Green, J.D.

Chris recently graduated from Harvard Law School after taking a 2-year leave to write a research thesis on the history and future of veterinary malpractice liability. Several state veterinary association presidents, legal academics, economists, journalists, and legislative lobbyists have described Green’s thesis as the most comprehensive analysis of the complicated issue to date. An 87-page (condensed) version will be published in volume 10 of the Animal Law Review.

Green frequently lectures on Civil Damages / Animal Valuation matters at veterinary colleges and legal conferences around the country. He also has consulted for both 60 Minutes and The Washington Post on veterinary legal issues. Last December, Green participated in the California Veterinary Medical Association’s Non-Economic Recovery Task Force exploring legislative options available to the organization to address increasing liability exposure. He presented his findings at this year’s conference of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association. Last February, Green won first place in the closing argument competition at the inaugural National Animal Advocacy Competitions held at Harvard Law School.

Laura Ireland Moore, Esq.

Laura earned a J.D. and Certificate in Natural Resources & Environmental Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2001. She is the founder and executive director of the National Center for Animal Law, and an associate attorney with The Animal Law Practice, an Oregon law firm specializing in animal related legal issues. She is an adjunct professor of the Animal Law Clinical Internship Seminar at Lewis & Clark Law School, an advisor to the Animal Law Review, and a board member of Humane USA-Oregon.

Adam Karp, Esq.

Mr. Karp practices animal law and collections in Bellingham, Wahsington. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. Honors, and University of Washington with a J.D. and M.S. in statistics. He founded and served as the first chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s Animal Law Section for 2002-2003, and is an adjunct professor of Animal Law at Seattle University School of Law and the University of Washington School of Law.

He graduated from the Washington Level One Animal Control Academy, and is a member of the Washington Animal Control Association and National Animal Control Association, the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, the Northwest Animal Rights Network, the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Adam is a volunteer humane investigator and Chair of the Legal Committee for Pasado’s Safe Haven, an animal rescue sanctuary. Adam is an editor for the Animal Legal Reports Services(TM) Report for Animal Welfare and Law Enforcement Professionals.

Laura Krebsbach

Laura Krebsbach has been working on water related issue for over 15 years. Her most recent work involved working for Nebraska Farmers Union prior to her current position as the Nation CAFO organizer for the Sierra Club. At NFU she worked on CAFO and renewable energy issue. The City of Lincoln which is her current home installed two wind turbines as a result of coalition work she did. Currently as the National CAFO Organizer for the Sierra Club she travels to states with determined activists to assist them with various tools to stop CAFOs or hold them accountable. Some of these tools include property tax protest based on decreased values due to proximity to facilities and assisting with lawsuits.

Mindy Kursban, Esq.

Mindy Kursban is Chief Legal Counsel and Vice President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nationwide group of physicians and laypeople based in Washington, D.C., that promotes preventive medicine, especially through good nutrition, and advocates effective and ethical standards in medical research. Since joining PCRM in August 1999, she has focused on reforming federal nutritional policy and eliminating the use of animals in medical research.

Mindy is a 1993 graduate of the Emory University School of Law and a co-founder of the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee.

Miyun Park

Miyun is the president of Compassion Over Killing, a nonprofit animal advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. COK primarily focuses on cruelty to animals in agriculture and promotes vegetarianism as a way to help farmed animals with every bite we take. The organization’s efforts have reached millions and garnered extensive media coverage in such outlets as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Korea Times, and The Chicago Tribune. Through undercover investigations, open rescues of farmed animals, vegetarian outreach, print and television advertising, and many other campaigns, COK is a powerful voice for those most abused.

Matthew Penzer, Esq.

As legal counsel for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Matthew Penzer has produced groundbreaking work in the fight to advance the status and protection of animals under the law. Mr. Penzer’s cutting edge work includes a successful lawsuit against KFC for making false statements about the treatment of chickens and ongoing litigation against the California Milk Board for misrepresenting dairy farm conditions. He successfully sued the District of Columbia when it attempted to exclude PETA’s suffering “circus” elephant from a public art display. And among the many legal petitions he’s filed was one with the U.S. Department of Agriculture that challenged the agency’s failure to implement humane protection of animals raised on factory farms—the first petition of its kind. On any given day, Mr. Penzer is dealing with issues involving administrative law, constitutional law, business law, or any other area of practice that might be utilized to protect animals.

He has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CNN, and dozens of other television and radio programs. Headlines about his lawsuits have appeared in USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and scores of papers across the country.

Andrea Rodgers, Esq.

Ms. Rodgers graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Anthropology in 1998. She graduated cum laude from Arizona State University School of Law in 2001 and was awarded the Dean’s Award and a Pro Bono Outstanding Student Award. She went on to clerk for a year for the Honorable John C. Gemmill on the Arizona Court of Appeals. After that, Andrea accepted a position as an Honors Attorney with the United States Department of Transportation, where she worked in the Federal Highway Administration and the Secretary’s Office of Environmental, Civil Rights and General Law. She also handled hazardous materials enforcement cases for the Research and Special Programs Administration. In September 2003, she joined the Western Environmental Law Center, a public interest environmental law firm that uses the tools of law to help protect and restore the environment, and serves as an advocate for people, wildlife and communities throughout the West. Andrea’s area of practice includes the protection of water resources and the management of public lands. While at WELC, she has represented both Indian tribes and grassroots organizations. Among her many cases, Andrea represents Washington’s Snoqualmie Indian Tribe in a fight to reclaim their sacred Snoqualmie Falls, has worked with a coalition of environmental groups and public interest law firms in fighting the Bush Administration’s Biscuit Fire sale in the Siskiyous, and is actively engaged in a number of cases against large dairies fouling the water and air of their Northwest neighbors. Andrea is licensed to practice in Arizona, the District of Columbia and Oregon.

Kim Stallwood

For 30 years, Kim W. Stallwood has been an advocate for animals working in leadership positions for some of the world’s foremost animal rights organizations in the United Kingdom and United States. In 1993 Stallwood became editor in chief of The Animals’ Agenda and executive director of its not-for-profit publisher, the Animal Rights Network, Inc. He also established the ARN Collection, the world’s largest library in animal rights and related matters.

In 2002 he established the Institute for Animals and Society (IAS), an animal rights public policy institute. Its mission is to advance animal advocacy issues in public policy development by conducting scholarly research and analysis, providing education and training, and fostering cooperation with other social justice movements and interests.

Mariann Sullivan, Esq.

Ms. Sullivan is the deputy chief court attorney for the New York State Appellate Division, First Department. She is the former chair of the Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and a current member of that committee as well as of the Special Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association. She is co-author, along with David Wolfson, of “Foxes in the Henhouse: Animals, Agribusiness and the Law” in Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions (Oxford Univ. Press, 2004).

Dr. Paul Waldau, J.D.

Paul is the Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. He has a Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of
Oxford and is a former Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions. He also has a Juris Doctor degree from UCLA Law School and a Master’s Degree from Stanford University in Religious Studies. He is the author of “The Specter of Speciesism: Buddhist and Christian Views of Animals,” published by Oxford University Press in 2001. He is also co-editor of the forthcoming “A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics” (Columbia University Press), the papers presented at the May 1999 conference he organized at Harvard on “religion and animals.” He publishes widely, a recent example of which is the article “Religion and Animals” in the forthcoming revised edition of Peter Singer’s edited volume In Defense of Animals.

Dr. Waldau teaches ethics courses at the veterinary school, and in the Center for Animals is responsible for the lectures on ethics, law, and history. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at various New England schools of law (including Boston College, Harvard, Yale, and Suffolk), where he has taught a half-dozen animal law courses and reading groups. At Tufts’ undergraduate campus, Paul teaches “Religion and Ecology” and “Religion and Animals.” Paul is also the Vice-president of the Great Ape Project, the principal director of the Great Ape Legal Project, the chair of the Chimpanzee Collaboratory’s International Committee (now working on United Nations level protections for nonhuman great apes). He is also the founder and co-chair of the Animals and Religion Consultation at the American Academy of Religion, the founder and president of the Religion and Animals Institute, and an advisor to many groups in the expanding study of nonhuman animals.

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