The Abuse Interface: Animal Abuse, Child Abuse, and Domestic violence

March 22, 2021 5:00 PM to March 22, 2021 7:00 PM
ET – Eastern Time

This panel will explore the relationship between animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence from not only the legal perspective, but also from the medical and humane education perspectives.  From a pediatrician with expertise in identifying child abuse to a legal expert in local cases involving domestic violence and cruelty to animals, panelists will examine the manner in which one type of injurious behavior is often associated with another and how increased awareness of the interface of abuse behaviors can ultimately help curb these abuses.

Pre-registration for this program is required. As always, please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues. D.C. Bar membership is not required to attend.

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This remote program will be hosted on the Zoom platform. You will receive access information from D.C. Bar Communities staff the afternoon prior to the program. The Zoom access information should not be shared with other, as registration is required.

Sponsored by: Animal Law Committee of the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community; D.C. Bar Criminal Law Community; D.C. Bar Family Law Community
Related Community of Interest: D.C. Bar Law Student Community


  • Phil Arkow, The National LINK Coalition (The National Resource Center on the Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence)
  • Blair Decker, Hogan Lovells
  • Dr. Allison Jackson, Children’s Hospital, District of Columbia, Child and Adolescent Protection Center
  • Randall Lockwood, Ph.D., Consultant, ASPCA Policy, Response and Engagement
  • Greg Lipper, Clinton & Peed (Moderator)

Organized by: Animal Law Committee of the D.C. Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community; D.C. Bar Criminal Law Community; D.C. Bar Family Law Community
Contact Name: Rebecca Cary
Contact Email:

Registration Information


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  • Courtroom Animal Advocate Program Bill Passes New Jersey Senate

    A Courtroom Animal Advocate Program (CAAP) bill, S.2868/A.4533, which would allow law students and volunteer lawyers to advocate for animal victims in cruelty criminal cases, unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate. The bill is sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji and endorsed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
    February 19, 2021 Press Release
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    February 17, 2021 Press Release