Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Law Summer School

June, July and August 2017

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is pleased to announce the launch of our free Animal Law Summer School in 2017! All are welcome to join us for three 60-minute webinars provided by leading authorities on cutting-edge topics in animal law: Ag-Gag, puppy mills and captive wildlife.

The Animal Law Summer School is a new opportunity to hone your skills and gain both practical and substantive knowledge about important issues currently facing animals in the legal system. Participants will learn from the experts and enjoy an interactive Q&A session. Don’t miss the chance to get an in-depth look into what it means to advocate for animals through the legal system.

Animal Law Summer School is suitable for anyone interested in animal law, current and future law students, attorneys, legal professionals and animal advocates.

Recorded sessions will be posted after the live events.

Each session is free and must be registered for individually.

June 6, 2017 – 12:00-1:00 p.m. (PST) Lora Dunn – Puppy Mills

Lora Dunn, Director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund Criminal Justice Program, teaches participants how to navigate the legal landscape of animal cruelty prosecutions, from crime scene to courtroom. This webinar will focus on large-scale cases, such as hoarding and puppy mills, in discussing some of the common challenges prosecutors and law enforcement face when working to achieve justice for animal victims. Alternatives to prosecution, such as civil nuisance abatement laws, will also be discussed.

This webinar has already taken place. You can watch a recording of the session here.

July 11, 2017* – 12:00-1:00 p.m. (PST) Alan Chen – Ag-Gag

This session will be led by Professor Alan Chen, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and co-counsel on the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s pending cases against Ag-Gag laws in Utah and Idaho. Chen will discuss how Ag-Gag laws impact animal protection, environmental protection, workers’ rights and public health. Chen will also examine constitutional challenges brought against states that have passed the controversial laws, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s cases, which will be discussed in depth.

This webinar has already taken place. You can watch a recording of the session here.


August 8, 2017* – 12:00-1:00 p.m. (PST) Matthew Liebman – Captive Wildlife

Matthew Liebman, Director of Litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, teaches participants how animal advocates are using state and federal laws to protect wild animals in captivity. This webinar will focus on groundbreaking litigation brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund under the Endangered Species Act, the Animal Welfare Act and state laws.  The cases have sought to liberate Lolita the Orca, Candy the Chimpanzee, Tony the Tiger, Ben the Bear and others from inhumane captivity.

NOTE: Animal Law Summer School does not provide school credit but offers students a unique extracurricular opportunity to stay engaged with animal law issues over the summer.

*Dates are subject to change. If a date is changed, registered attendees will receive an email with pertinent details. This page will also be updated with any changes.


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