Animal Law Symposium

April 22nd, 2013 | Westminster Hall

About Our Group

Scholars, lawyers, elected and appointed officials, students and animal advocates convene in Baltimore, Maryland, at Westminster Hall on April 22, 2013, to engage in an academic and regional-based symposium on current issues in animal law.

Established by Gary C. Norman, Esq., Past Chair of the Animal Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and Joshua L. Friedman, Esq., Deputy Chair of the Symposium, the purpose of the 2013 Symposium on Animal Law is to provide a lively, intellectual forum in which to discuss law and policy issues related to animals in the Mid-Atlantic region. "Maryland has a strong and emerging voice on legal and policy issues respecting animals; within the academic institution, within the legislative arena, and of course, within government," said Mr. Norman. He also said, "As such, it is an apropos time in the history of the Animal Law Section to host a forum on these issues."

Featured Panels

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9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. – Implications of Strict Liability and Solesky on Companion Animals and Service Animals

  1. Ledy VanKavage, Esq.,  Best Friends Animal Society
  2. Michael H. Daney, Esq., Godwin, Erlandson MacLaughlin, Vernon & Daney, LLC
  3. Moderator and Commentator:  Past-Chair Gary Norman, Esq.

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Developments to Protect Commercially Bred Dogs and Egg-Laying Hens on Farms

  1. Dr. Gerald Rushin, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service
  2. Erica Meier, Esq., Compassion Over Killing
  3. Matthew Dominguez, Esq., Humane Society of the United States
  4. Moderator: Honorable James R. Eyler

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. – Dealing with Media, Public Pressure, and Scrutiny in Animal Cruelty Cases

  1. Allie Phillips, Director, National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse
  2. Michelle Welch, Esq., Virginia Office of the Attorney General
  3. Moderator and Commentator: Caroline Griffin, Esq., Mayor's Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory     

 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Damages in Dog Bite and Other Animal-Related Litigation

  1. Barbara Graham, Esq., Law Office of Barbara R. Graham
  2. Professor Joan Schaffner, George Washington University Law School
  3. Moderator: Honorable James R. Eyler

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. – Wildlife Issues:  Coyote and Fox Penning and Wildlife Trade

  1. Tara Zuardo, Esq., Animal Welfare Institute  
  2. Beth Allgood, International Fund for Animal Welfare
  3. Moderator:  Stacey Evans, Esq.

 3:45 p.m. - 4:55 p.m. –Feral Cats and the Law

  1. William Gomaa, Esq. of Alley Cat Allies
  2. Pamela Jo Hatley, Esq. Pamela Jo Hatley, P.A.
  3. Moderator: Heidi Meinzer, Esq.

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Faculty

Stacey Evans, Esq., Chair, MSBA Animal Law Section
Ledy VanKavage, Best Friends
Michael H. Daney, Esq., Godwin, Erlandson, MacLaughlin, Vernon & Daney, LLC
Gary Norman, Esq., Past Chair, MSBA Animal Law Section
Dr. Gerald Rushin, United States Department of Agriculture APHIS
Erica Meier, Esq, Compassion Over Killing
Matthew Dominguez, Humane Society of the United States
James Eyler, Court of special appeals
Allie Phillips, National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse
Michelle Welch, Esq., Virginia Attorney General
Caroline Griffin, Esq., Mayor's Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission
Tami Santelli, Esq., Humane Society of the United States
Barbara Graham, Esq., Law Office of Barbara R. Graham
Joan Schaffner, George Washington University Law School
Tara Zuardo, Animal Welfare Institute
Beth Allgood, International Fund for Animal Welfare
William Gomaa, Esq., Alley Cat Allies
Pamela Jo Hatley, Esq., Pamela Jo Hatley, P.A.
Heidi Meinzer, Esq., Chair Elect, MSBA Animal Law Section