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 The Science, Ethics & Law of Animal Testing in the 21st Century: Are We on the Verge of a Paradigm Shift?

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It is our pleasure to present a ground-breaking symposium on animals and toxicity testing at Lewis & Clark Law School on Saturday, September 12, 2009.

We may be on the verge of a scientific revolution in how chemicals are tested for toxicity in the United States—with major implications for animal testing.

This daylong symposium will explore the scientific, ethical, legal and regulatory challenges and opportunities that are generated by the vision to improve scientific outcomes using alternatives to animal testing contained in the National Academy of Science’s (NAS) National Research Council (NRC) Report on Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century.

These issues are of the utmost concern to anyone interested in: 1) reducing toxins in our environment and dealing with the massive backlog of untested substances; 2) using the best science available to manage risk and advance positive outcomes; 3) improving animal welfare; 4) creating international harmonization of chemical testing standards; or 5) developing effective environmental regulatory policies.

Information regarding the NRC report, including a summary, can be found at:

The symposium will feature nationally recognized speakers with expertise in toxicology, risk analysis, environmental law, animal law, and policy implementation.  We are excited to provide this opportunity for open dialogue and the exchange of diverse opinions and perspectives, with the goal of encouraging the implementation of the NRC’s vision. 

We intend to create an environment where candid discussion between experts can flourish and where concrete ideas for moving forward can be proposed and debated.  We encourage those with interest and experience in this area to attend and learn from the experts and to share their knowledge.


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Thank You

The symposium is being organized by the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing in Baltimore, Maryland.  Co-sponsors include the Environmental Law Institute (Washington, DC), and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (Cotati, California).


NAS Steering Committee

On behalf of the steering committee, we hope you will be able to join us in Portland next month.

Pamela Frasch - Assistant Dean Animal Law Program, Executive Director Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis & Clark Law School

Kathy Hessler - Clinical Professor and Director of the Animal Law Clinic, Lewis & Clark Law School

Bruce Myers - Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute

Maria Trainer - Program Director, Council of Canadian Academies

Lauren Zeise - Chief, Reproductive Cancer Hazard Assessment Bureau California Environmental Protections Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment



The deadline to register for this symposium is 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2009.  There is no fee for the symposium, but registration is required for attendance and participation.  A complementary light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  To register, please contact Liberty Mulkani at



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Paramount Hotel in Portland.  Ask for the rooms for the “NAS Conference” to receive our special group rate. Please reserve your room by Friday, September 4, 2009 to receive this special rate.


Airport to Downtown

It takes approximately 45 minutes by MAX light rail train to travel from the airport to downtown Portland and the Paramount Hotel.  From the airport baggage claim area, look for signs for “Light Rail Tickets.”  You can purchase a MAX train ticket ($2.30 to downtown) and get information about the train schedule in the airport lobby.  The train runs approximately every 15 minutes to and from the airport.

To travel downtown from the airport, catch the MAX Red Line towards “City Center & Beaverton TC.”  Exit the train at the Pioneer Square North stop which is located at SW Broadway and SW Morrison in downtown Portland.  To get to the Paramount Hotel from that stop, walk along SW Broadway towards SW Yamhill Street.  Turn right onto SW Taylor Street (one past SW Yamhill) and walk up one block to SW Park Avenue.  The Paramount Hotel will be located on the lefthand side of the street at the corner of SW Taylor and SW Park.


Shuttle Service

We have arranged an eco-shuttle service between the Paramount Hotel and Lewis & Clark Law School for symposium panelists and attendees.  The shuttle runs on waste product biodiesel and will make one trip to the law school on the morning of September 12th and one return trip back to the hotel after the symposium concludes that evening.  Pick-up times are as follows:

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Paramount to Lewis & Clark: departs hotel at 8:15 a.m.

Lewis & Clark to Paramount: departs law school at 5:15 p.m.

Seating on the shuttles are limited, so please arrive early to ensure a spot.  Look for the white shuttle bus with the green Eco Shuttle logo! 



If you have any questions about the symposium, the accommodations or traveling to and from Lewis & Clark please contact Liberty Mulkani at