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The Animal Law Academy webinars are an 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 Academy webinars are suitable for anyone interested in animal law, current and future law students, attorneys, legal professionals and animal advocates.

Upcoming webinars

Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Fur Bans

Using Local Legislation to Protect Animals: Fur Bans

8/20/20 12-1pm PT
Learn how to fight back against the cruel fur industry by passing a fur ban in your community! Led by Animal Legal Defense Fund Campaigns Manager Elizabeth Holtz, this webinar will walk you through the mechanics of fur production, the policy issues, including animal cruelty, environmental impacts, and public health, and more.
Impact Report: Quarter Two 2020

Impact Report: Quarter Two 2020

8/26/20 12-1pm PT
This year has been busy for the Animal Legal Defense Fund! Join Stephen Wells, Executive Director, and Kathleen Schatzmann, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager, as they discuss current cases and projects, plus what’s planned for the rest of the year, with special focus on the Legislative Affairs Program.
Critical Caselaw: Judicial Recognition of Animal Sentience

Critical Caselaw: Judicial Recognition of Animal Sentience

9/17/20 12-1pm PT
Join Animal Legal Defense Fund Senior Staff Attorneys Jamie Contreras and David B. Rosengard as they discuss how the legal system treats animal sentience and how a trilogy of Oregon cases recognizing animal sentience points towards a new framework for animals within the law.

Past webinars

How to Advocate for Animals With or Without a Law Degree: Animals in Criminal Law

How to Advocate for Animals With or Without a Law Degree: Animals in Criminal Law

Presented 8/6/20
Although animals are property under the law, they are property unlike any other. In the context of criminal law, animals can be the victims of crime entitled to certain statutory protections. In this webinar, Senior Staff Attorneys David Rosengard and Jamie Contreras will discuss animals’ status in the context of criminal law.
COVID-19: Rethinking our Relationship with Animals

COVID-19: Rethinking our Relationship with Animals

Presented 7/29/20
With global outbreaks of zoonotic disease, like COVID-19, on the rise, it is imperative that we simultaneously mobilize to limit the staggering impact of the current pandemic and take action to mitigate our heightened risk from the next.
Protecting Big Cats

Protecting Big Cats

Presented 7/23/20
In this free webinar, Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite will be joined by a panel of experts to explore the issue of big cat ownership — and the industry that exploits them for profit. Panelists include Animal Legal Defense Fund Staff Attorney Daniel Waltz, and other experts.
Psychology and Sentencing: Mental Health Evaluations for Animal Cruelty Offenders

Psychology and Sentencing: Mental Health Evaluations for Animal Cruelty Offenders

Presented 7/22/20
Like other violent crimes, animal cruelty offenses are often tied to underlying mental health issues. In order to rehabilitate offenders and protect future victims, those underlying issues must be addressed. Unfortunately, this crucial sentencing component is often overlooked by legislators and courts.
How to Advocate for Animals With or Without a Law Degree: Community Organizing for Farmed Animals

How to Advocate for Animals With or Without a Law Degree: Community Organizing for Farmed Animals

Presented 7/16/20
Farmed animals are exploited at alarming rates, with over nine billion farmed land animals slaughtered in the U.S. every year. Join Senior Staff Attorney Cristina Stella as she provides attendees with an inside look at how legal advocacy and grassroots advocacy work together to create positive change on behalf of farmed animals.
How to Advocate for Animals With or Without a Law Degree: Volunteer Opportunities

How to Advocate for Animals With or Without a Law Degree: Volunteer Opportunities

Presented 6/30/20
Do you want to change the world for animals but are not sure where to begin? Join Pro Bono Program Director Tom Linney as he discusses fun and meaningful ways that each of us can volunteer in our communities to make a difference for animals.
Stress and Zoonotic Diseases

Stress and Zoonotic Diseases

Presented 6/23/20
In the wake of the current pandemic, join public health expert Dr. Aysha Akhtar, Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells, and Staff Attorney Kelsey Eberly for a round table discussion about the impacts of stress and confinement on disease transmission between animals—and conditions where they are most likely to jump to humans.
How to Advocate for Animals With or Without a Law Degree: Lobbying for Animals

How to Advocate for Animals With or Without a Law Degree: Lobbying for Animals

Presented 6/17/20
Animals can’t vote, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a voice in the political process — you can give animals that voice!

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