Articles From David H. Hopkins

A few final words By David H. Hopkins Animal Law, August 2018 Remarks from the Animal Law Section Council's past chair, David Hopkins. 
Chairman’s column By David H. Hopkins Animal Law, November 2017 A message from Animal Law Section Chair David Hopkins.
Chair’s column By David H. Hopkins Animal Law, September 2017 A message from Animal Law Section Chair David Hopkins.
The American Kennel Club steps up to help in the aftermath of natural disasters By David H. Hopkins Animal Law, September 2015 In September 2013, through its affiliate, “AKC Reunite,” the American Kennel Club launched a campaign to muster funds to pay for so-called disaster trailers, stocked with supplies for pet rescues in the immediate aftermath of hurricanes, floods, fires, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. Each fully stocked trailer costs approximately $22,500; and, as of July, 2015, less than two years later, over $1,000,000 has been raised, resulting in a couple dozen trailers being placed, with others in the pipeline.
Disaster preparation in Illinois By David H. Hopkins Animal Law, November 2014 Disaster preparedness should include advance plans for evacuation or rescue of pets. In 2010, the American Bar Association approved a Model Act Governing Standards for the Care and Disposition of Disaster Animals. But there are significant issues to be addressed before the Model Act is adopted in Illinois.
New spousal support guidelines for divorcing couples in Illinois By David H. Hopkins Family Law, October 2014 Even when facts and circumstances are remarkably similar, maintenance awards have varied widely and unpredictably. Recognizing this, in 2009 the Illinois State Bar Association’s Family Law Section Council began intensively analyzing the various issues.
The Section Council’s focus on “mean seeds” By David H. Hopkins Animal Law, October 2013 The Animal Law Section Council resolved in June to explore with appropriate Illinois officials the ultimate question presented by a recent study: Should the “mean seeds” species be banned from future Conservation Reserve Progarm plantings in Illinois?
Extension of protective orders to animals under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act By David H. Hopkins Family Law, October 2011 A relatively new remedy under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act fills a void and recognizes that many abuse situations involve family pets.
Protecting pets under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act By David H. Hopkins Animal Law, September 2011 In all-too-many cases in which victims of domestic violence would be well-advised to flee to a shelter, paralysis sets in, primarily attributable to fear as to what might happen to the family pet if it is “left behind.”
Extension of protective orders to animals under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act By David H. Hopkins Animal Law, December 2010 A relatively new remedy under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act fills a void and recognizes that many abuse situations involve family pets.
Alimony in lieu of property By David H. Hopkins Family Law, June 2009 Especially with the United States economy as it is, lack of liquidity is a common reality; and, in some such cases, the would-be property transferor may prefer to draw on future income so as to effect a “buy-out” of marital property claims.
A review of judicial gloss on the statutory provisions governing contribution to attorney fees under the IMDMA By David H. Hopkins Family Law, January 2008 The enactment known as “The ‘Leveling of the Playing Field’ in Divorce Litigation Amendments” (P.A. 89-712) (“LPF Act”), effective June 1, 1997, was in fact a complete overhaul of the fee provisions of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (“IMDMA”), 750 ILCS 5/101 et seq., one that included major changes to the rules for contribution.

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