1. Will there be vegan and vegetarian food options available at the conference?
All meals, snacks, and drinks at the conference will be vegan/plant-based. We will also have gluten-free options available at all meals.
2. What is the dress code?
We do not uphold a strict dress code for the conference, but most attendees choose to dress business to business casual.
3. Why is this year’s conference in Chicago and not at Lewis & Clark Law School?
The conference sold out early for several years in a row, resulting in dozens of disappointed people who had hoped to attend. In order to allow everyone interested in attending the opportunity to do so, we felt it was important to move away from Lewis & Clark Law School and provide a larger venue. The conference will now be hosted at a venue in Portland, Oregon on odd numbered years and a different city on even numbered years. For years that the conference is outside of Portland, we strive to choose varied geographical locations so the event is accessible to new audiences.
4. Does the conference have an anti-harassment policy?
Yes, the conference does have an anti-harassment policy which we expect everyone attending, presenting at or associated with the conference to adhere to. To view the policy, click here.
5. Will CLE credits be offered?
Attorneys will be eligible for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits, pending approval from the Illinois State Bar Association. We will also be applying for CLE credits in Oregon.
Anyone seeking credit in other states should submit approval paperwork to their local bar association CLE board or retain the certificate of attendance which we will be providing to attorneys who register for the conference, if their state has a reciprocal agreement with either of these states.
For information about our Illinois CLE Financial Hardship Policy, click here.
6. Where do I find the written materials for CLE participants?
Materials submitted by the speakers are posted on the conference website’s at this link a few weeks prior to the conference. PowerPoint presentations will also be posted on this page after the event, pending approval by individual presenters. NB: we will not be providing print-outs of the written materials.
7. I registered for the conference but am no longer able to attend. What is the refund policy?
Refunds are available until September 28, 2018. See the Register page for more details.
8. Are companion animals or service animals allowed at the conference?
Unfortunately, the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile does not allow companion animals in the guestrooms, lobby area, meeting spaces, or restaurants. Only ADA-approves service animals, therefore, are allowed at the conference. Please leave all other furry (or feathered, scaly, etc.) companions at home.
9. Is student housing available?
We are not able to provide housing for students.
10. I am a law student and cannot afford to travel to the conference. What can I do?
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is offering a limited number of travel grants for members of our student chapters. You can find the travel grant application here.
11. How do I get from the airport to downtown Chicago?
For information on ground transportation to and from the airport, as well as getting around Chicago over the weekend, check out our suggestions here.
12. How can I sponsor the Animal Law Conference?
Sponsorship information is available on our website at this this link.
13. What else can I do while I’m in Chicago?
Chicago is a diverse and bustling city with lots of fun things to do! A quick Google search will result in lists of activities in Chicago, like this one from Choose Chicago.
Law students are also invited to attend the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s 2nd annual Student Convention, immediately preceding the Animal Law Conference. For more information and to register, click here.
Conference attendees are also invited to attend a free plant-based breakfast on Saturday 10/13 hosted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, silver sponsor of the Animal Law Conference. The breakfast will take place before the Animal Law Conference sessions begin that morning and will include hot topics and recent advances in animal law, regulation and policy involving animal research. To attend this breakfast and hear from attorneys working to end animal research across industries including pharmaceutical, cosmetic and chemical, RSVP here.