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2009 Animal Law Conference Schedule

2009 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

The Lewis & Clark Law School SALDF is proud to host the First Annual SALDF Leadership Breakfast.  More than thirty SALDF chapters from around the nation will be represented at this year’s conference.  With such a large gathering of SALDF members and law students interested in animal law, this presents us with a great opportunity to learn from each other.  All SALDF members are encouraged to mingle over breakfast and share ideas and aspirations for meaningful SALDF work. Come network with peers in an informal settting to ask questions, share experiences, and hear what other groups are doing!

Most conference activities will take place in the McCarty Classroom Complexon the Lewis & Clark Law School campus, including registration, breakfasts, snacks, and panel sessions. The Friday welcome reception will be in downtown Portland at the Oregon Historical Society. The Saturday evening banquet dinner will be held in the Legal Research Center of the Law School.

* Please be advised, this schedule is subject to change without notice.



Friday, October 16, 2009

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception at The Oregon Historical Society

1200 SW Park Avenue - Location, Directions & Parking Info

Registration, Keynote Presentation, historical exhibits, drinks & hors d’oeuvres

 

7:15 - 8:00 p.m. Exhibit Tours

Guided tours of “Oregon My Oregon” exhibit beginning at 7:15 and 7:30 p.m.

 

8:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Keynote Presentation

Jonathan Lovvorn - Vice President & Chief Counsel for Animal Protection Litigation & Research, Humane Society of the United States

 


Saturday, October 17, 2009

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

 

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Room 2:  Toxicity Testing: Is Animal Testing Still Viable? 

Debra Durham - Senior Research Scientist, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Kathy Hessler - Clinical Professor & Animal Law Clinic Director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School

This panel will examine the current status of the use of animals in toxicity testing as well as the implications of the 2007 National Academy of Sciences report which questions its continued viability.  Panelists will review the many issues raised when discussing the possibility of major transformations in  testing protocol.    

Room 3:  The People v. Animal Cruelty: Criminal Prosecutions

Scott Heiser - Director of the Criminal Justice Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Heidi Moawad - Deputy District Attorney, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office

This panel will address issues relating to the criminal prosecution of animal cruelty.  More specifically, panelists will discuss the many challenges facing prosecutors, including: lack of resources, case overload, the need for increased cooperation between district attorneys and humane investigators, as well as evidentary problems.

 

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Room 2:  Hot Topics in Animal Law 

Katherine Meyer - Partner, Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal

Bruce Wagman - Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP

“Hot Topics in Animal Law” will highlight current cutting-edge animal law issues.  For instance, Ms. Meyer will discuss the first-of-its-kind legal action brought under Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act against Ringling Brothers Circus  for mistreatment of elephants.  The widely debated U.S. v. Stevens case, among others, will also be examined.

Room 3:  How Media Changes the Face of Animal Cruelty

Russ Mead - General Counsel, Farm Sanctuary

Charles Jantzen - Chief Animal Cruelty Investigator, Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Media has become increasingly influential in the field of animal law, specifically with respect to animal cruelty issues.  Mr. Jantzen will discuss how the Animal Planet television show, “Animal Cops,” has affected his work as an animal cruelty investigator and how it has allowed him to expose the mainstream population to animal issues.  Mr. Mead will outline his experiences working with the media in various settings, including large rescue operations like that necessitated by Hurricane Katrina and the more recent Iowa floods.

 

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Lunch

 

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Room 3: Litigation & Advocacy for Wild Horses and Burros

Valerie Stanley - Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center and University of Maryland School of Law

This lunchtime session will include an informal presentation and Q&A with equine advocate Valerie Stanley.

 

2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Room 2:  Creation Care: Our Duty Towards Animals

Daniel Dombrowski - Professor of Philosophy, Seattle University

Reverend Stephen Schneider - Rector, Grace Memorial Episcopal Church

This panel session will examine our duty towards animals through the lens of Christianity and The Bible. The panelists will examine various interpretations and changing attitudes about humanity’s dominion over animals and how these different interpretations can lead to animal protection or animal cruelty. They will discuss the ethical implications of our society’s use of animals and what role animal law plays in the “creation care” philosophy.

Room 3:  See No Evil, Taste No Evil?  Factory Farms

Steven Wise - Founder & President, Center for the Expansion of Fundamental Rights

David Wolfson - Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

The panelists will outline how farming has changed in the past century from predominantly small family-owned farms to the prevailing Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) model.  They will address the animal cruelty issues that surround this “modern” system and the legal loopholes that attorneys face in their attempts to challenge cruel farming practices.  Mr. Wise will present an interesting case study of one particular piece of land in Tar Heel, North Carolina, which has been fraught with a history of pain and tragedy.  Mr. Wolfson will discuss his litigation on farm animal cases and his writing about this area of the law.

 

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Room 2:  The Classic Link: Domestic Violence & Animal Abuse

Frank Ascione - Professor and American Humane Endowed Chair; Executive Director, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work

Megan Senatori - Partner, DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, S.C.

The “Classic Link” in animal law refers to the strong connection between violence against humans and violence against animals in a domestic setting.  Dr. Ascione, the leading authority on this topic, will discuss his extensive research in the field.  Ms. Senatori will discuss her perspective as a practicing animal law attorney, a co-founder of a nonprofit that works to counsel victims and foster their animals, as well as her role training veternarians to identify the signs of abuse.

Room 3:  Killing with Keystrokes: CITES, African Elephants & Internet Trade

Ed Newcomer - Special Agent, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Paul Todd - Program Officer, International Fund for Animal Welfare

Ed Newcomer and Paul Todd will speak about international regulations relating to the trade of wildlife.  The Covention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) will be a main focus along with the illegal internet trade of wildlife items.  Panelists will discuss the difficulties in investigating and prosecuting offenders of international wildlife regulations.

 

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Social Reception & Book Signing with Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Columnist

 

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Banquet Dinner

 

8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Keynote Address by Nicholas Kristof followed by Q&A

 

8:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Dessert, coffee, and tea will be served

 


Sunday, October 18, 2009

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

 

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

First Annual SALDF Leadership Breakfast

The purpose of the Leadership Breakfast is to provide an informal forum for SALDF leaders to discuss upcoming projects and events, network with other law students, and learn the mechanics of creating a successful SALDF chapter.


9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Room 2:  What is “Human” in a Brave New World

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

Joyce Tischler - Founder & General Counsel, Animal Legal Defense Fund

“Man to Receive Baboon Heart.”  “Researchers Implant Human Brain Tissue in Lab Rat.”  Such headlines appear increasingly in the news.  Questions then arise: How will society and our legal system define “human” as we move further and further into the realm of possibilities brought by modern science’s ability to blend human and animal components?  At what point does a being become more human than animal or more animal than human?  This panel attempts to answer these difficult and highly philosophical questions.

Room 3:  Coping with Burnout & Secondary Trauma

Mark Hawthorne - Activist & Author of Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism

Robert Roop - Vice President of Human Resources & Education, Humane Society of the United State

The panelists will focus their presentations on the debilitating symptoms that burnout and work-overload can create, particularly in those working in the difficult fields of animal law and animal activism. They will share their experiences researching and working with people within the animal protection communities and will examine strategies for coping with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and the like, in order to remain healthy, effective, and productive individuals.

 

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Room 2:  A Holocaust Survivor’s Perspective on Animal Issues

Alter Wiener - Holocaust Survivor, Lecturer & Author of From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor’s Autobiography

Alter Wiener is one of the very few Holocaust survivors still living in the Portland area.  When Alter was liberated by the Russian Army in 1945, he weighed only 80 pounds.  After the war he was a very sickly young man, and for many years his most troubling ailment was his inability to digest common staples of food such as meat, dairy products and the like.  Medical treatment, different diagnosis and a variety of medications provided little relief.  In 1969, Alter became a vegetarian and his heath improved dramatically.  Additionally, Alter believes that a vegetarian diet leads people to be more compassionate towards humans and animals alike, creating a peaceful environment for all God’s creatures.

Room 3:  The Role of Animals in Indigenous Cultures

Se-ah-dom Edmo - Coordinator, Indigenous Ways of Knowing Project

Robert J. Miller - Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School

“The Role of Animals in Indigenous Cultures” will examine tribal treaty rights, specifically those related to hunting and fishing, the related jurisprudence, as well as traditional stories and cultural significance of animals.  This panel will highlight these issues from an indigenous perspective but will also focus on the competing interests that contribute to conflict surrounding these topics.

 

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Boxed lunches available

 

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Room 2:  Social Justice: Forms of Oppression

Maneesha Deckha - Faculty of Law, University of Victoria

Tio Hardiman - End Dogfigting Campaign, Humane Society of the United States

The field of animal law is wrought with difficult social justice issues that link animal rights to human rights.  Ms. Deckha will discuss the intersectionality and posthumanist visions on equality as they relate to gender, race, and cultural issues.  Mr. Hardiman will speak of his experiences developing community outreach programs, such as those addressing dog fighting and other violent crimes in crime-ridden neighborhoods.

Room 3: Climate Change

Dave Becker - Staff Attorney, Oregon Natural Desert Association

Melissa Powers - Assistant Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School

This panel will explore where wildlife fits in the balance of anthropogenically induced climate change and our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The panelists will summarize the range of possible implications of climate change and mitigation efforts on animal species and their habitats.  Specifically, the panelists will outline various impacts of renewable energy development and the legal mechanisms available to protect animals as well as the legal impediments that forestall reliance on other approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Room 3:  Law Student Summit

Scott Beckstead - Senior State Director for Oregon, Humane Society of the United States

Alexis Fox - Legal Fellow, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; Lewis & Clark Law School alumna

Kathy Hessler - Professor & Animal Law Clinic Director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School

Matthew Liebman - Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Nicole Pallotta - Student Liaison of the Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

The “Law Student Summit” will provide an opportunity for future lawyers to ask advice from those already established in their animal law careers.  Students will receive a rare opportunity to garner knowledge from a wide variety of professionals, which will include a law professor, a nonprofit staff attorney, a state program director, a recent law school graduate, and a program administrator.  Additional resources and informational materials will be provided.

 

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Room 4:  Closing Reception

A very casual close to the weekend.  Please come to mingle with conference attendees and speakers while enjoying vegan snacks and beverages.

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