Event

Agenda for Animal Law Symposium: Washington, D.C.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Schedule

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. ETBreakfast & Welcome Remarks

  • Stephen Wells, Executive Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Joan Schaffner, Associate Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. ET: The Legal Significance of the Challenge to California’s Prop 12

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. ET: Break

11:15 am – 12:30 p.m. ET: The Ongoing Battle Against Ag-Gag Laws

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET: Lunch & Keynote Address

Animal Cognition Research: The Cornerstone of Nonhuman Legal Rights

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. ET: Legal Pathways to the Courts for Animals

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. ET: Break

3:30 – 4:45 pm ET: Rights of Nature and Animals: Advances and Setbacks

4:45 – 6:00 pm ET: Reception & Closing Remarks

  • Stephen Wells, Executive Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Dayna Bowen Matthew, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • Kathy Hessler, Assistant Dean, Animal Legal Education; Director, Animal Legal Education Initiative, The George Washington University Law School
  • Introduction by: Joan Schaffner, Associate Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

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Sessions

The Legal Significance of the Challenge to California’s Prop 12

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. ET

California’s Proposition 12, which prohibits gestation and veal crates in the state and products from being sold in the state using such equipment, is being litigated in NPPC v. Ross. Panelists will discuss the origins and constitutionality of this historic humane law, the current challenge, and its potential implications on animal and food law.

Speakers:
  • Rebecca Cary, Senior Staff Attorney, The Humane Society of the United States
  • Amanda Howell, Senior Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Pamela Vesilind, Assistant Professor of Law, Vermont Law and Graduate School
  • Moderator: Iselin Gambert, Interim Director and Professor, Fundamentals of Lawyering Program, The George Washington University Law School
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The Ongoing Battle Against Ag-Gag Laws

11:15 am – 12:30 p.m. ET

This panel will focus on recent U.S. and Canadian court cases challenging ag-gag laws that prevent whistleblowers from investigating and revealing the horrific treatment of animals on factory farms.

Speakers:
  • Thomas Bondy, Senior Counsel, Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation, Orrick
  • Caitlin Foley, Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Camille Labchuk, Executive Director, Animal Justice
  • Moderator: Kathleen Schatzmann, Strategic Legislative Affairs Manager, Animal Legal Defense Fund
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Animal Cognition Research: The Cornerstone of Nonhuman Legal Rights

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET

The ongoing legal fight for nonhuman animal rights in litigation as well as legislation and policy is reliant on the strength of the evidence for capacities that show other animals are eligible for species-specific rights. And that evidence necessarily comes from the ever-growing dynamic scientific literature on animal cognition and related abilities. This keynote will provide examples of how the science of animal cognition has become an integral part of efforts to recognize the legal rights of other animals in the U.S. and other countries.

Speakers:
  • Lori Marino, Founder and President, The Whale Sanctuary Project
  • Moderator: Stacey Gordon Sterling, Animal Law Program Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

 

Legal Pathways to the Courts for Animals

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. ET

This panel will discuss different approaches at advancing animal standing and personhood. It will look at the recent habeas corpus decision in In Re Nonhuman Rights Project v. Breheny (N.Y.) denying habeas corpus relief to Happy, an elephant in the Bronx Zoo. It will also look at the foreign discovery application granted to the Colombian hippopotamuses by a federal judge, the lawsuit on behalf of a horse named Justice against the person who neglected him to recover costs of ongoing medical care, and other cases.

Speakers:
  • Christopher Berry, Managing Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Elizabeth Stein, NY Counsel, Nonhuman Rights Project
  • Moderator: Rajesh Reddy, Director, Animal Law Program, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School
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Rights of Nature and Animals: Advances and Setbacks

3:30 – 4:45 pm ET

This roundtable will discuss current rights of nature and animals cases, including the legal rights of water bodies to “exist, flow, be protected against pollution and maintain a healthy ecosystem;” the scope of the Ecuadorian constitution to protect the Los Cedros cloud forest and wild animals; and the future paths for these conversations and approaches to advocacy.

Speakers:
  • Randall Abate, Assistant Dean for Environmental Law Studies, The George Washington University Law School
  • Marcia Condoy Truyenque, Animal Law LLM Candidate, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Chuck O’Neal, President, Speak Up Wekiva, Inc
  • Moderator: Danny Waltz, Managing Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund
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Menu

Breakfast Buffet

  • Juice Bar
  • Coffee and Specialty Teas with Non-dairy Milks
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruit and Seasonal Berries
  • Vegan Nut Muffins
  • Bagels and Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese and Assorted Toppings
  • Oatmeal with Soy Milk and Cinnamon

Lunch Buffet

  • Artisan Bread and Non-dairy Spread
  • Navy White Bean Soup
  • Garden Salad
  • Red Quinoa, Corn and Black Bean Salad
  • Beyond Burgers with Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles and Vegan Mayonnaise
  • Vegan Sausage with Roasted Red Peppers and Onions
  • Steak Fries
  • Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Closing Reception

  • Vegan Beer and Wine
  • Assorted Vegan Cheeses with Crostini and Dried Fruits
  • Mediterranean Dips: Hummus, Tomato Relish, Tabbouleh, Olive Tapenade, Crostini and Pita

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