2013 - First Annual California Animal Law Symposium: How to Create a Better Environment for Animals in a Human-Dominated World

The area of animal law has quickly expanded over the past decade and the issue of animal rights has always been at the forefront. This all-day symposium will focus on current laws and practices that are in place and areas that call for improvement. Some of the topics discussed will cover the link between animal cruelty and human violence, animal testing abuses, non-economic damages in pet tort suits, concentrated animal feeding operations, constitutional law preemption, the consumer protection and animal law intersection, and more.

This is a first-of-its-kind conference, run solely by the dedication of law students of Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters. We welcome the legal community and other professions to attend our discussions surrounding the advocacy of animals globally, nationally and within the state of California.


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Sunday, March 3rd
9:00 AM

Keynote Address: How Much We Have Done, How Much We Have to Do

Bruce Wagman
Rachel A. Van Cleave, Golden Gate University School of Law

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

9:45 AM

How Consumer Protection and Animal Law Intersect

Carter Dillard, Animal Legal Defense Fund

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

The Consitutional Dimensions of Animal Law

Bruce Wagman

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

11:00 AM

Debate - Should Non-Economic Damages Be Available in Tort Cases Involving Injury or Death to Animals?

Matthew Liebman, Animal Legal Defense Fudn
Phil Goldberg

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Battling CAFOs, Successful Strategies and Challenges

Joyce Tischler, Animal Legal Defense Fund

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:15 PM

Cultural and Legal Facets of Breed Specific Legislation

Don Cleary, National Canine Research Council

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Common Issues Prosecutors Confront When Litigating Animal Cruelty Cases and an Overview of the Link Between Animal Cruelty and Human Violence

Diane Balkin, Animal Legal Defense Fund

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

1:30 PM

Keynote Address: A History of Animal Cruelty and the Human-Animal Bond, and the Modern-Day Efforts to Build A New Humane Economy

Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society of the United States

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

3:00 PM

Efforts to Halt the Abuse and Exploitation of Horses

Wayne Pacelle, Humane Society of the United States

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

4:15 PM

Current View of Animals as Property & Challenges for Standing, Legislative Protection Adequate Enforcement of Law

Elliot Kazt, In Defense of Animals
Carlyn Montes de Oca, In Defense of Animals

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Litigating for Access to Public Records Concerning Research on Animals

Corey Evans

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM