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Newsletter articles from 2010

Comments from the Chair By Anna E. Morrison-Ricordati November 2010 An introduction to the issue from Section Chair Anna Morrison-Ricordati.
Comments from the Chair By Amy A. Breyer June 2010 A letter to readers from the Animal Law Section's Founder and Chair.
Comments from the Chair By Amy A. Breyer January 2010 No matter what your practice area, human interests often intersect with animal interests. The ISBA’s Animal Law Section offers you both an opportunity to stay on top of this constantly evolving area, as well as a valuable link to resources you may need when that intersection of interests crosses your desk. 
Distinguishing marketing claims for grass-fed, organic, and pasture-raised livestock By A. Bryan Endres and Stephanie B. Johnson January 2010 In an effort to distinguish their products from those of competitors, some segments of the livestock and meat industries make labeling claims referring to special attributes of their product or process
Durable Powers of Attorney for Pet Care By Peter Canalia November 2010 A Durable Power of Attorney for Pet Care can be a useful document during times when you, the pet owner, must “temporarily” give custody of your pet to another person; for example, when you travel for business or pleasure.
Editor’s corner By Melissa Anne Maye December 2010 An introduction to the issue from Editor Melissa Maye.
Extension of protective orders to animals under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act By David H. Hopkins December 2010 A relatively new remedy under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act fills a void and recognizes that many abuse situations involve family pets.
Fiscal bite & breed discrimination: Utilizing scientific advances & economic tools in lobbying, Part I By Ledy VanKavage and John Dunham June 2010 The majority of breed-discriminatory laws result from high-profile dog bites or attacks.
Fiscal bite & breed discrimination: Utilizing scientific advances & economic tools in lobbying, Part II By Ledy VanKavage and John Dunham November 2010 The majority of breed-discriminatory laws result from high-profile dog bites or attacks.
Fiscal Bite & Breed Discrimination: Utilizing Scientific Advances & Economic Tools in Lobbying, Part III By Ledy VanKavage and John Dunham December 2010 The majority of breed-discriminatory laws result from high-profile dog bites or attacks.
Free speech trumps animal cruelty: First Amendment protection of “crush videos” in United States v. Stevens By Angela Donohoo June 2010 The U.S. Supreme Court determined that “[a] law may be invalidated as overbroad if a substantial number of its applications are unconstitutional, judged in relation to the statute’s plainly legitimate sweep.”
“Give me shelter”—An overview of legal issues facing public and private animal shelters By Jane McBride December 2010 An overview of the risks and responsibilities involved in serving as a shelter legal advisor.
Home Rule and TNR (Trap, Neuter & Return) By Anna E. Morrison-Ricordati June 2010 A brief explanation of the state, county and local laws applicable to the management of feral cat colonies.
The Illinois Pet Trust Act By Melissa Anne Maye January 2010 Some individuals are so attached to their companion animals that they wish to provide for their care and well-being, even after the owners have died. 
Innkeepers Lien Act and a boarder’s bankruptcy By Laura McFarland-Taylor January 2010 An interesting question came up on a listserv I belong to: whether or not a trustee in a boarder’s Arizona bankruptcy case could void that state’s agister’s lien in favor of the boarding barn and sell the boarder’s horses to satisfy the bankruptcy estate debts.
Letter from the Editor By Melissa Anne Maye January 2010 Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Animal Law Section newsletter! 
Looking for law in all the wrong places… Knowing where to look for the animal law statutes that may affect your practice By Melissa Anne Maye November 2010 A review of some Illinois statutes that affect animal ownership.
Pet trust basics By Melissa Anne Maye June 2010 A list of factors and information you should review when preparing a client's pet trust.
Second chances for Benny and Remo—Dog fighting no longer seen as a “victimless” crime in Chicago plea agreement By Lauren Gallagher November 2010 In her recent sentencing order, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Victoria Stewart made history by not only recognizing the animals seized from a dogfight as victims, but their owners were required to pay for the damage done to these victims.