Agenda

2018 Student Convention

Panels and lunch will occur in Salon D

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Registration & Breakfast

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Career Panel

Tom Linney, Pro Bono Program Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Michelle Welch, Senior Assistant Attorney General and Director of Animal Law Unit, Virginia Attorney General’s Office

Amanda Howell, Staff Attorney, Litigation Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Rajesh Reddy, Interim Director, Animal Law LL.M. Program, Lewis & Clark Law School

Amy Trakinski, Managing Director, VegInvest

Mary Hollingsworth, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division

Moderator: Priscilla Rader, Education Coordinator, Animal Legal Defense Fund

This is your chance to ask questions and hear insight from leaders in the field of animal law. Panelists from varying backgrounds will share their stories and    offer their advice on doing what you love in a way that you’ll love. The panel will largely be interactive with student questions leading the discussion.

11:30 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch

 

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Keynote

Jessica Rubin, Director, University of Connecticut School of Law’s Legal Practice Program

Professor Rubin was instrumental in creating Desmond’s Law, which allows Connecticut courts to appoint advocates—law students under supervision—in animal cruelty cases. She actively supervises students and appears in court to advocate for justice in cases of animal cruelty. Professor Rubin created UConn Law School’s Animal Law Clinic, a clinic through which students appear in state courts as advocates under Desmond’s Law. During this inspiring keynote, she will detail the story behind Desmond’s Law, her experiences working with students, and what she envision for the future of animal law.

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. Chapter of the Year Award

Kelly Levenda, Student Programs Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

1:15 – 3:00 p.m. Law Student Panel

Student panelists TBD

Introduction: Nicole Pallotta, Academic Outreach Manager, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Moderator: Cristina Stella, Staff Attorney, Litigation Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

As the next generation of animal lawyers and policy makers, students are already doing great work exploring cutting-edge legal theories as well as considering practical ways to use the law to help animals. In its third year, the Law Student Scholarship Panel will showcase some of this work that focuses on wildlife.

This panel features three authors chosen to present their papers, which were selected by a committee of prominent animal law professors. Listen to their ideas and help shape the conversation as it moves forward.

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break

 

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. SALDF Summit

Nicole Pallotta, Academic Outreach Manager, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Kelly Levenda, Student Programs Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Priscilla Rader, Education Coordinator, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Meet and chat with other SALDF chapter members, share ideas, and discuss your chapter’s successes and any issues that you have encountered. The Summit will consist of introductions, roundtable discussions, and breakout groups.

 

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