Emerging Issues and Hot Topics in Animal Law: Legislation & Litigation
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When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:45 PM CT
Where: Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine St
Omaha, Nebraska 
United States

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MCLE Accreditation
NE #159737 (Regular/live); NE #159738 (Distance learning). 3.5 CLE hours
IA #299177 (Regular/live); IA #299176 (Live webcast). 3.5 CLE hours
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Registration Fees

$227 - Regular registration
$175 - NSBA dues-paying member
Free - Law students

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1:00 pm    Animal Law for Local Governments
Katie Bray Barnett, Barnett Law Office LLC
This session will discuss developments in animal law for local governments. This session will touch on three main issues local prosecutors, city attorneys, and contracting animal shelters face: Breed specific ordinances; Pre-conviction forfeiture of animals; and Canine-law enforcement encounters.

These issues continue to emerge as our knowledge of animals grows concurrent to the increasing number of animals in households across the country. For municipalities, learning the most effective way to handle these cases when they arise, and ultimately preempting litigation, saves resources, and helps create safer and more humane communities.

2:30 pm   Break

2:45 pm   A Turn of the Paw: The Legal Interface Between Individuals with Disabilities, the Animals that Serve Them, and the “Public” Around Them
Michael J. Elsken, Disability Rights Nebraska
Individuals with disabilities use animals to assist them. In some instances, animals are used by individuals without disabilities. This session will provide attorneys with an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act, Air Carrier Access Act and Rehabilitation Act and how each of them applies to an individual’s use of a “service animal” and “emotional support animal,” and when such animal is provided legal protection under the law.

At the conclusion of this session, attorneys will be able to:

  • Define “service animal” and “emotional support animal” and how they apply under the law
  • Recognize what can and can’t be done when dealing with individuals who have a “service animal” or an “emotional support animal”
  • Identify defenses to excluding certain animals
  • Discuss the obligations of the individuals with a disability regarding their animal
  • Name resources available to addressing issues related to “service animals” and “emotional support animals”

3:45 pm   Prosecuting Animal Cruelty Cases – Unique Challenges, Implications, Statistics, and Proactive Solutions
Tannaz Kouhpainezhad, Husch Blackwell
Prosecuting and defending animal cruelty cases can present unique challenges and implications. This class will cover the various categories of animal cruelty, investigating animal abuse/neglect, preparing and trying your case, and what to do if you have a client facing charges that not only helps your client, but helps society.  The goal is to handle animal abuse and neglect cases in such a manner so as to render long-term benefits, particularly because studies show that animal cruelty is a predictor of future criminal behavior with juvenile crime and domestic violence. This class will help guide you through the maze of prosecution to arrive at a proactive solution in combatting animal cruelty.

4:45 pm    Adjourn