Continuing Legal Education

4th Annual Animal Law Conference - CHICAGO

June 8, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
7.50 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)

Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss the hottest topics
currently under debate in the animal law arena!
No matter what area of law you practice, animals are increasingly the subject of legislation and litigation. Take advantage of this opportunity to discuss the existing regulation of exotic animals in Illinois and neighboring states (especially in light of recent events in Zanesville, Ohio); recent developments in farm animal welfare; enforcing Illinois’ neglect/cruelty provisions in equine cases; estate planning for companion animals; procedural and substantive due process in animal regulation matters; and much more! Ethical considerations for animal law practitioners are also included. Attorneys working in the animal law, environmental law, agricultural law, and commercial transaction areas (with all levels of practice experience) will benefit from attending this full-day seminar.
Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Jane E. McBride, Sr. Asst. Attorney, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Springfield
Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.


8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Russell v. City of Chicago: The $300,000 Dog Shooting Award
Gain a better understanding of how Russell v. City of Chicago (Case No. 1:10-CV-00525) resulted in a $300,000 award for the shooting and killing of a family dog. Topics include: developments of the case, pre-trial motions, evidentiary issues, and evidence presented specifically relevant to the dog. A review of the recently published, “The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters” – which was produced with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) – is also included.
Amanda C. Antholt, Smith, Johnson & Antholt, LLC, Chicago
Anna E. Morrison-Ricordati, AMR Law Group, LLC, Chicago
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Wildlife Enforcement Case Study and Exotics after Zanesville
In this segment, the speakers present a wildlife enforcement case study and provide an update on the ongoing regulatory initiatives resulting from the Zanesville, Ohio incident. Information on the existing regulation of exotic animals in Illinois and neighboring states is also included.
Debbie Leahy, Captive Wildlife Regulatory Specialist, HSUS, Chicago
Craig Tabor, Special Agent, Acting Resident Agent in Charge – Illinois/Missouri, USFWS, Rosemont
10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break (beverages provided)
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Developments in Farm Animal Welfare
This presentation focuses on the very recent success of coalition efforts to gain agreement of major companies to eliminate use of gestation crates in the supply chains. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, and Compass Group have all announced commitments to do so. In response, Smithfield Foods and Hormel have announced they will be 100% crate-free in five years, and Cargill will be 50% crate-free. This presentation also looks at this past year’s attempt by industry to pass “ag gag” legislation, and will also review last year’s landmark agreement with the United Egg Board. Further, 2012 marks the year California’s foie gras ban is to come into effect. This session looks at the history of and current efforts to ban the production and use of foie gras.
Peter Brandt, Senior Attorney, Farm Animals, Animal Protection Litigation, HSUS, Washington, D.C.
Joshua I. Grant, Assistant Attorney General, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Springfield
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Equine Law: A Look at Horse Neglect and Cruelty Cases
This comprehensive overview explores the cruelty cases in McHenry County and surrounding areas. Topics include: enforcing the State’s neglect/cruelty provisions in equine cases (including impoundments); recent federal legislation regarding horse meat inspection; and case law update. A survey of the statutory law governing horse boarding contracts, breeding contracts and agister’s liens is also included.
Donna K. Kelly, McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, Woodstock
Melissa A. Maye, Office of the State Appellate Defender, Ottawa
Tracy A. McGonigle, Executive Director, Hooved Animal Humane Society, Woodstock
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch (provided)
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. The Third Coast Rises to Ban Products of Shark Finning
Every year fins from tens of thousands of sharks are used to make shark fin soup. This demand is a major contributor to the collapse of shark populations worldwide. The practice of “finning” is when a shark’s fins are cut off and the remainder of the animal – representing about 95% of the shark’s body mass – is thrown back into the sea, often while the animal is still alive. Illinois HB 4119, introduced this season, bans products that are the result of this cruel practice. Fins imported and sold in Illinois very likely originate from any of the dozens of countries that sell fins to East Asia, many of which have no law prohibiting finning or are powerless to enforce such laws on the high seas. This legislation – which was actively supported by the Shedd Aquarium – puts the Third Coast on par with West Coast states that have banned the product.
Kristen Strawbridge, Illinois State Director, Humane Society of the United States, Chicago
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Planning for Companion Animals: A Primer and Update
At some point in your animal law career, you will be approached by clients wishing to draft a plan for their companion animals – making it important that you stay up-to-date on the pet planning process. This segment offers both a primer and an update on planning for pets in wills, pet trust accounts, and powers of attorney.
Peter B. Canalia, Canalia & Clark, LLC, Lansing
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Due Process in Animal Law
Moderator: David H. Hopkins, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, Wheaton
·           A Primer on Due Process Law: Some Constitutional Background for Developing Animal Law
This session offers a brief but comprehensive review of both procedural and substantive due process law under the United States Constitution. Mr. Reed will isolate some general issues, which may be important to animal law topics that are now emerging as an independent body of law.
Reed Lee, Obenberger & Associates, Chicago
·           Current Due Process Issues affecting Dogs and their Owners
This presentation offers a survey of cases affecting due process issues relating to dogs. Cases covered include such topics as breed specific legislation, animal husbandry, number of dogs owned, and dangerous dogs.
Prof. Lynn K. Hartke, Assistant Professor of Legal Research, St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break (refreshments provided)
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Local Government Regulation of Animals
In this segment, the speaker shares his experiences (and lessons learned!) as a municipal attorney. Topics include: crafting ordinances, zoning issues, animal control ordinances, shelter and horse facilities, farm animal maintenance; and exotic animals within municipal boundaries.
John Myers, Attorney at Law,Springfield
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Ethics: Can you Find the Ethics Issues in this Picturesque Animal Scene*
Identify the ethics questions and issues that an animal law practitioner may be confronted with in the various scenarios presented throughout this interactive panel presentation.
Moderator and Speaker: Susann MacLachlan, John Marshall Law School, Chicago
Meriel Coleman, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago
Stephen F. Hedinger, Sorling, Northrup, Hanna, Cullen & Cochran, Ltd., Springfield
Anna E. Morrison-Ricordati, AMR Law Group, LLC, Chicago
*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval