6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

The conference will kick off with an evening reception and keynote at the Hilton Portland Downtown. We invite you to enjoy appetizers and drinks while networking with fellow conference attendees.
921 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

7:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Welcomes & Introductions

Dean Jennifer Johnson, Lewis & Clark Law School

Pamela Hart, Director of Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

7:15 – 7:45 p.m.

Keynote: 25 Years of the Animal Law Conference

Pamela Frasch, Associate Dean, Animal Law Program; Executive Director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School

Joyce Tischler, Founder and General Counsel, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Introductions by: Maral Cavner & Ashlyn Whitbeck, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Co-Directors, Lewis & Clark Law School

Final comments by: Megan Amos, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Pro Bono Chair, Lewis & Clark Law School

There is a reason Joyce Tischler is commonly referred to as “The Mother of Animal Law.” She has been a visionary leader in the field for over 40 years, working on everything from cutting edge legislation to groundbreaking litigation. Without Joyce’s ideas, creativity, passion, and energy, one could argue there would be no animal law movement today. Pamela Frasch first met Joyce in 1989, and they have enjoyed working together ever since. As the creator of the Criminal Justice Program at Animal Legal Defense Fund, founder of the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark, and the first and only dean of animal law, Pam has been at the forefront of many of the most important advances for animals. Together, they have decades of experience and perspective about the origins and history of animal law and animal law education.

Please join them for an inspiring, poignant, and at times hilarious, retrospective of the animal law conference, the many successes and failures of the movement, and why it’s more important than ever to do this work. Note: There’s a rumor that photos and film from “the olden days” might be involved, so be prepared for your senses to be assaulted by fabulous 70s and 80s fashion choices…

All panel sessions on Saturday will take place in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Portland Downtown.
921 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Not Your Average Factory Farmed Animal Panel: Fixing a Fouled-Up System

George Kimbrell, Legal Director, Center for Food Safety

Matthew Liebman, Director of Litigation, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Suzanne McMillan, Content Director, Farm Animal Welfare Campaign, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Moderator: Pamela Hart, Director of Animal Law Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Factory farming negatively impacts not only the animals who are exploited, but also nearby communities, farm workers, food safety, and the environment. Let’s explore the big picture and the latest efforts to respond to this crisis.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Can Animals Be Victims of Crime?

Diane Balkin, Senior Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Meg Garvin, Executive Director, National Crime Victim Law Institute; Clinical Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School

Allie Phillips, Author and Attorney; Founder, Sheltering Animals & Families Together

Moderator: David Rosengard, Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Animal cruelty prosecutions are expanding in number and scope. This creates opportunities to broaden who society considers to be worthy of meaningful protections, including those that flow to traditional victims in the legal system. Is the capacity to suffer enough to redefine what it means to be a victim? Join this panel as they imagine a world where all sentient beings are entitled to greater protection under the law.

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Gender and Race Redux: Identifying and Fixing the Racist and Sexist Realities of the Animal Protection Movement

Jennifer Fearing, President, Fearless Advocacy, Inc.

lauren Ornelas, Founder and Executive Director, Food Empowerment Project

Carolyn Walker, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

Moderator: Joyce Tischler, Founder and General Counsel, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Left unaddressed, systemic racism and sexism corrupts the animal protection movement. This panel is a call for broad based internal reflection, hard questions, and real solutions. If we care about animals, shouldn’t we be equally compassionate toward human animals? The presenters will delve into the problem and explore next steps.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Break

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Animal Sanctuaries — More Than Just a Place to Live

Sarah Baeckler Davis, Executive Director, Humane Society of Naples

Ed Stewart, President and Co-founder, Performing Animal Welfare Society

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

Attorneys working to get animals out of harm’s way often face difficulty finding places for those animals to live out the rest of their lives with dignity and respect. Animal sanctuaries address a crucial need, giving animals a place to live a more natural life. However, they play an equally important, but less recognized role in education, law, public policy, and rehabilitation, among others. This session will provide insights about the complex role of animal sanctuaries, and the vital nature of their work in developing principles of animal protection.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Break

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

Grand Ballroom, Portland Hilton & Executive Towers

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Banquet Dinner and Keynote Presentation

Grand Ballroom, Portland Hilton & Executive Towers

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Banquet Dinner

7:30 – 8:15 p.m.

Keynote Presentation: What A Fish Knows

Jonathan Balcombe, Biologist & Author

Introduction by: Kathy Hessler, Clinical Professor of Law and Animal Law Clinic Director, Lewis & Clark Law School

In this dynamic, richly illustrated presentation based on his New York Times best-selling book What A Fish Knows, ethologist Jonathan Balcombe takes us under the sea, through streams and estuaries, and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal the surprising capabilities of fishes. Although they exceed thirty thousand species―more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined―fishes are rarely considered by us to be individuals with thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Combining science with stories and the author’s own personal experiences, Balcombe upends our common biases toward fishes as primitive and dull, showing them instead to be sentient, aware, social, and even Machiavellian. Books will be available for signing after the presentation.

8:15 – 8:45 p.m.

Book Signing

Jonathan Balcombe, Biologist & Author

All concurrent panel sessions on Sunday will take place in the Grand Ballroom I & II at the Hilton Portland Downtown.
921 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Grand Ballroom II

Do-Goodery Animal Lawyering: Why the Rules of Ethics Still Apply to You!

Russ Mead, General Counsel, Animal Law Coalition

Start the morning with an inspiring and interactive seminar exploring some of the most challenging ethical dilemmas animal law attorneys face in both practice and volunteer positions. Animal law ethics expert Russ Mead will lead attendees through a series of hypotheticals, examining difficult scenarios and how to handle them effectively while adhering to the Model Code of Professional Responsibility. All this for one hour of Ethics CLE credit.

9:45 – 11:00 a.m. Grand Ballroom I

Animal Law Meets World: The Global Expansion of Animal Law

Ever Vimbai Chinoda, Founder and Director, Speak Out For Animals

Alice DiConcetto, Comparative Animal Law Fellow, Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law School

Natasha Dolezal, Director of International Animal Law and Deputy Director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School

Moderator: Camila Cossio, LL.M. Student, Lewis & Clark Law School

Tier, Kafshë, Dýr, Zwierzẹ: whichever language you speak, the word “animal” is the subject of a growing body of law. Animal law experts around the globe are exploring the issues of import in their societies, and revolutionary developments are happening in Africa, Europe, and beyond. Attendees of this session will learn about specific initiatives aimed at building an awareness of animal law and legal education more inclusive of animal interests, as well as the ways in which legal practitioners have adapted their strategies in response to culture, society, and local communities.

9:45 – 11:00 a.m. Grand Ballroom II

Swimming Upstream: The Emergence of Aquatic Animal Law

Kathy Hessler, Clinical Professor of Law and Animal Law Clinic Director, Lewis & Clark Law School

Dr. Lori Marino, President, The Whale Sanctuary Project

Moderator: Kelly Levenda, Student Programs Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

It is hard for some people to connect with land animals like cows and chickens, and it can be even more difficult to feel empathy for aquatic animals, who live in a world that feels so foreign to us. Our lack of empathy leads to inadequate legal protection for animals who are harmed by captivity and fishing. We have seen an increase in empathy for some aquatic animals, such as whales and dolphins. Can we open hearts and minds and start to include fish in our circle of compassion too?

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Break with Voodoo Doughnuts

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Grand Ballroom I

Don’t Get Mad — Sue!! The Latest in Animal Law Litigation

Peter Brandt, Senior Attorney, Farm Animals, The Humane Society of the United States

Tony Eliseuson, Senior Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Caitlin Hawks, Director of Litigation, PETA Foundation

Moderator: Pamela Frasch, Associate Dean, Animal Law Program; Executive Director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School

A perennial favorite at the Animal Law Conference, we bring the most recent animal law developments to you. These presenters will critique precedent-setting state and federal animal law litigation that advocates need to know now.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Grand Ballroom II

Challenges and Opportunities for Animals under the New Administration and Current Congress

Tracie Letterman, Vice President of Federal Affairs, Humane Society Legislative Fund

Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Moderator: Raj Reddy, Visiting Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School

The new administration and current congress have introduced some radical shifts in federal and international policy. So, how will animals fare in the coming years? These seasoned political movers and shakers will give us the lay of the land.

12:30 p.m. Grand Ballroom I

Closing Remarks

Pamela Frasch, Associate Dean, Animal Law Program; Executive Director, Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School

12:30 p.m. Grand Ballroom II

Closing Remarks

Joyce Tischler, Founder and General Counsel, Animal Legal Defense Fund