6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

The conference will kick off with an evening reception and keynote presentation in the Chicago Ballroom, 5th Floor, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. We invite you to enjoy appetizers and drinks while networking with fellow conference attendees.
540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

7:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Welcomes & Introductions

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

Stephen Wells, Executive Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

7:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation

Seth Tibbott, Chairman and Founder, The Tofurky Company

All panel sessions on Saturday will take place in the Chicago Ballroom, 5th Floor, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.
540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Farmed Animals: Getting to Know Your Client

Susie Coston, National Shelter Director, Farm Sanctuary

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

The American agriculture industry annually raises and kills approximately nine billion land animals. The opening panel will introduce us to farmed animals, the conditions they are raised in, and the federal and state laws that offer them protection.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

We Can See You: Legal Strategies to Increase Industry Transparency and Accountability

Laura Hagen, Deputy Director of Advocacy, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Matthew Liebman, Director of Litigation, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Michelle Welch, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Virginia Attorney General’s Office

“The front is long” is a common battle cry, and certainly applies here as advocates work to create new avenues of protection for farmed animals. The panel explores three different, yet complementary, approaches that are building momentum: consumer protection and labeling lawsuits, state legislation to ban certain practices, and criminal prosecutions of persons cruel to farmed animals.

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Collateral Damage: Factory Farming Impacts Beyond the Animals

Claire Fitch, Director of Outreach, Farm Forward

Naeema Muhammad, President, Fearless Advocacy, Inc.

Cristina Stella, Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

CAFOs also pollute the air and water, have a dramatic impact on climate change, and harm farmworkers, nearby residents, and food safety.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Healthy, Kind, and Sustainable Alternatives to Eating Animals: Law, Policy, and Food Culture

Miyoko Schinner, Founder and CEO, Miyoko’s Kitchen

Amy Trakinski, Managing Director, VegInvest

The industrialized farming industry insists that animal food products are here to stay. But, innovators are funding and developing wonderful new plant-based food products. Come and hear the latest, and learn about the unique law and policy issues these creators face.

4:15-4:30 p.m.


4:30-5:30 p.m.

Ethics and the Animal Lawyer

Russ Mead, Shared Earth Foundation Visiting Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School

This one-hour ethics session is meant for attorneys seeking continuing legal education (CLE) credits. All other attendees may enjoy a break at this time, before the banquet dinner and keynote presentation.

5:30-6:30 p.m.


6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Banquet Dinner and Keynote Presentation

Chicago Ballroom, 5th Floor, Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

Banquet Dinner

7:45 – 8:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation

Jo-Anne McArthur, Photojournalist, Author and Educator, We Animals

8:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Book Signing

Jo-Anne McArthur, Photojournalist, Author and Educator, We Animals

All concurrent panel sessions on Sunday will take place in the Chicago Ballroom I & II, 5th Floor, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.
540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Chicago Ballroom I

In Search of Race and Gender Diversity in Animal Law: Finding Workable Approaches

pattrice jones, Ecofeminist Writer, Educator and Activist; Co-founder, VINE Sanctuary

Carolyn Walker, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

Within a workshop format, the Animal Law Conference continues to highlight these critically important issues and provide a safe environment to discuss and explore options for inclusive growth.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Chicago Ballroom I

“Factory Farming” of Other Species: What You May Not Know, and What You Can Do About It

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

Kim Ockene, Managing Attorney, The Humane Society of the United States

Factory farming extends far beyond cows, pigs, turkeys, and chickens. Let’s consider the legal and ethical impacts of intensive confinement of other beings such as dogs, cats, bees, fish, and others.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Chicago Ballroom II

Coming in From the Cold: Using the Power of Anti-Cruelty Laws to Protect Farmed Animals

John Hopkinson, Attorney, Investigations, Oregon Humane Society

David Rosengard, Staff Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

Anti-cruelty laws have become more effective tools to protect companion animals. This panel provides insights into how state criminal laws can be applied to protect farmed animals, and the hurdles that must be overcome for success.

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.


11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Chicago Ballroom I

A Fork in the Road: Reduce or Replace

Jessica Almy, Policy Director, The Good Food Institute

Brian Kateman, Co-founder and President, The Reducetarian Foundation

This panel explores the tension between those who advocate for reform in how animals are raised and killed for food, and those who reject incremental progress in favor of replacing animal products altogether.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Chicago Ballroom II

Farmed Animals Around the World: Emerging Policies and Practices

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

Sharon Nunez, Co-founder and President, Animal Equality

Factory farming is a global phenomenon, with intensive confinement and other negative practices spreading to a host of countries. These distinguished panelists bring us legal and cultural perspectives from Europe, Africa, Asia, and beyond.