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					                             Animal Law Committee Leadership

                            Barbara J. Gislason, Chair
                            Kristina Hancock, Vice-Chair
                            Tom Patterson, Vice-Chair
                            David Favre, Vice-Chair and Web Co-Coordinator
                            The Hon. Benjamin Zvenia, Vice-Chair
                            Robert Ferber, Vice-Chair
                            Julie Fershtman, Vice-Chair
                            Christopher Green, Vice-Chair
                            Jaime Olin, Student Vice-Chair
                            Hanna Gibson, Student Vice-Chair
                            Diane Dunne, Student Vice-Chair
                            Warren Woessner, Vice-Chair
                            Meena Alagappan, Vice-Chair
                            Shadrack Arhin, Vice-Chair
                            Paul Waldau, Vice-Chair
                            Patrick Costello, Vice-Chair
                            William J. Snape, III, Vice-Chair
                            Mariann Sullivan, Vice-Chair
                            Jeffrey S. Goldman, Vice-Chair
                            John Kerr, Vice-Chair
                            Raj Panjwani, Vice-Chair
                            Jim Riddle, Vice-Chair
                            Song Wei, Vice-Chair
                            Gilda Mariani, Vice-Chair
                            James Carr, Vice-Chair
                            Rebecca Silverstein, Associate Newsletter Editor
                            Angela Caputo Griswold, Associate Newsletter Editor
                            Joan Schaffner, Associate Newsletter Editor
                            Allison Hoffman, Web Co-Coordinator
                            Adam Karp, Membership Chair

Information about the leadership is attached in Exhibit A.
                                           Exhibit A

Barbara J. Gislason is a 1974 graduate of Carleton College and a 1980 graduate of William
Mitchell College of Law. She and Barbara Swan were the 1978 Regional Winners of the ABA
Client Counseling Competition. In private practice since 1986, she was the Founding Chair of
the Art and Entertainment Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and held leadership
positions with the Computer Law Section, the Bar/Media Committee, the MIPLA Copyright
Committee, and State Law Day. She also served as an adviser to the State Board of Law
Examiners. Outside of her law practice, she has served as President of the Minnesota Icelandic
Association and as an advisor to the Minnesota State Arts Board. She has often been recognized
as a SuperLawyer and Leading American Attorney in the practice areas of family and art &
entertainment law. She owns Blue Raven Press, a publishing company that focuses on other
animals. She is an adjunct professor at Hamline University School of Law. She is the Founding
Chair of both the MSBA Animal Law Committee and Animal Law Section. Programs offered
under her leadership include National and International Trends in Animal Law, Endangered
Species Act, Equine Law, Animal Law 101, Indicator Species & the Health of an Ecosystem,
Dog Cases and Other Adventures in Animal Law, Dangerous Exotics, Saving Wildlife Habitats,
and Do Animals Have Standing? Gislason is also the founder of the Minnesota Common Law
Project in Animal Law. In August 2004, students sponsored by the Minnesota Justice Foundation
(MJF) from three law schools, had in-depth interviews with 38 judges and one referee on the
subject of animal law. Ms. Gislason keynoted at the annual meeting for MN FRAC, the largest
Agricultural Consortium in Minnesota, participated on a panel with renowned Professor Bernard
Rollins at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Veterinary Association, and spoke about animal
law at the MSBA’s Rural & Farm Institute. She gave a lecture on animal law and the Livestock
Industry at the University of Minnesota Department of Animal Science in September 2004.
Gislason has also been a guest on a variety of radio shows, including Discovery Channel,
American Public Radio, and the Pat Miles show. She has been quoted at news outlets around the
country, including Animal and, as well as newspapers affiliated with
the Minneapolis StarTribune. She currently serves as the Founding Chair for the TIPS ABA
Animal Law Committee.

Kristina Hancock graduated first in her class at the University of San Diego School of Law
after working for thirteen years as a critical care nurse at UCLA Medical Center and UCSD
Medical Center. Hancock is currently Senior Counsel at Holland & Knight's Rancho Santa Fe,
California, office, representing nonprofit organizations in matters ranging from tax exemption,
unrelated business income tax, and nonprofit corporate law to general business matters. She also
has an estate planning practice. Hancock has taught Animal Law for the past four years at
California Western School of Law, where she is an adjunct professor. At the law school, she co-
chaired the International Animal Law Conference, the first-ever international symposium of its
kind. Prior to her work at Holland & Knight, Hancock was an associate at Luce, Forward,
Hamilton & Scripps where she practiced in the areas of tax and estate planning, environmental
law, general litigation, and insurance defense. She currently serves as a network attorney for the
Animal Legal Defense Fund, and is a member of the advisory board of SNAP, a San Diego spay-
neuter and education program. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of City Ballet of
San Diego and was its president from 1995-2000.
Tom Patterson is a 1972 graduate of Southern Illinois University and a 1975 graduate of Drake
University Law School. Charles T. (Tom) Patterson has been in the private practice of law since
1975. He is a partner in the firm of Heidman, Redmond, Fredregill, Patterson, Plaza, Dykstra &
Prahl, L.L.P. Patterson is a member of the American, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and
Woodbury County Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in the Federal Courts for the
Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Districts of
South Dakota and Nebraska. He is also a member of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and the
International Association of Defense Counsel. For many years, Patterson has provided defense of
veterinary malpractice claims in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska on
behalf of the AVMA Trust. In addition, for more than 20 years, Patterson has served as a
consultant and represented swine breeding stock companies throughout the Midwest and across
the nation. This representation has involved health issues, genetic, and bio tech concerns of the
swine industry, both nationally and internationally. Patterson has provided and participated in
educational programs for veterinarians on a number of occasions at the Leman Swine
Conference at the University of Minnesota and at regional and national meetings of the
American Association of Swine Veterinarians. He continues to serve a consultant to the
American Association of Swine Veterinarians. Patterson also is a member of the American
Veterinary Medical Law Association. Most recently, Patterson has worked with the swine
industry in the areas of odor nuisance litigation, and water quality concerns in a regulatory
context and in the context of private nuisance suits. Patterson periodically lectures to veterinary
students on the topic of “Veterinarians in the Courtroom.” His litigation experience encompasses
multi-species livestock production issues and disputes. Recent presentations include “Using
Controlled Exposure to Prevent Disease. Discussing Pathogen Inoculation: Where Are We
Now?” at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine; “Revisions to the Iowa
Rules of Civil Procedure,” at the Iowa State Bar Association; “Concerns for the Family Practice
Physician and Staff” at the Risk Management Seminar, Marian Health Center; “Veterinarians in
the Courtroom” at the Alan D. Lehman Swine Conference; and “Iowa Appellate Decisions of
Interest to Insurance Adjustors” at the Siouxland Claims Association.

David Favre received his J.D. from College of William and Mary and his B.A. in chemistry
from the University of Virginia. He is a Professor of Law at Michigan State University College
of Law and served as Interim Dean, Michigan State University, Detroit College of Law (1999-
2000). He has authored many books, including: Animal Law and Dog Behavior; Wildlife Law,
2nd ed.; Animals: Welfare, Interests and Rights; International Trade in Endangered Species; and
Animal Law. He chairs a Web site. His articles include: “Elephants, Ivory and International
Law,” “The Risk of Extinction: a Risk Analysis of the Endangered Species Act as Compared to
CITES,” “The Development of anti-Cruelty Laws in the 1800s,” and “Some Thoughts on Animal
Experimentation.” He speaks on animal and wildlife subjects throughout the world, including the
U.K., Spain, Portugal France, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, China, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Senegal,
and Malawi. Favre has chaired the Wildlife Special Interest Group of the American Society of
International Law and is on the Board of Directors for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the
National Center for Animal Law.

The Hon. Benjamin Zvenia, Dr. P.H., N.D., M.D. (M.A.), J.D., is Secretary for the National
Native American Bar Association and the former Vice-Chairman of the Labor & Employment
Practice Section of the Federal Bar Association, as well as former Co-Chair of the Health Law
Section of the Federal Bar Association. Judge Zvenia is an Appellate Justice Pro Tem for the
Lummi Nation Tribal Court System and Associate Justice Pro Tem for the San Carlos Apache
Tribe. Judge Zvenia serves as an appointed member of the AZ Domestic Violence Court
Committee (CIDVC) and he is the former Special Master for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa
Indian Community Court, Scottsdale, AZ. He completed certificate programs in Essential Skills
for Tribal Court Judges, Faculty Development, Tribal Court Practice and Procedure, & Bench
Skills for Tribal Court Judges and is currently a candidate for the Certificate of Judicial Studies
(JDC) program. He is an accomplished professional within the arenas of both alternative
medicine (with specialization in Sports Medicine, Wellness and Cardiac Rehab.) and law. In the
legal arena, he specialized primarily in Federal Labor Law encompasses OSHA (& MSHA),
NLRB, as well as, FECA/OWCP - the Federal Worker's Compensation program. Secondary
legal specialties involved issues pertaining to Social Security Administration, ADA/Disability
Law, Native American Law, Trademark/Copyright issues, as well as Alternative Dispute
Resolution. He contributes articles within the areas of labor law, health law and risk
management. Dr. Zvenia has a Doctor of Medicine (Medicina Alternativa) from The Open
International University for Complementary Medicines, a Juris Doctorate, British American
University - School of Law, a Doctorate in Botanical Medicine, University of the Americas, a
Doctorate in Public Health, United States School of Naturopathy & Allied Sciences. His
foundation training for his Doctorate in Public Health was done through Tulane School of Public
Health & Tropical Medicine. Dr. Zvenia earned both Master’s and Bachelor of Science in
Health Care Administration from California State University at Long Beach, the Doctor of
Naturopathic Medicine from Hahnemann Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, and the
Associates in Applied Sciences, Santa Monica College. He is a former adjunct professor in the
area of Medical Ethics for Loma Linda’s School of Allied Health Sciences. He is a former
Trustee for V.E.M.S.I., a Volunteer Ambulance Service (Intermediate Level Provider) in
Nevada. He also serves as a Vice-Chair of the TIPS ABA Animal Law Committee.

Robert Ferber graduated from Franklin & Marshall College and earned his law degree from
Columbia University. Ferber joined the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor. In
addition to dozens of jury trials, some of his credits while in the City Attorney’s Office include
securing the first accurate criminal record system for the L.A. courts and prosecutors in 1980.
Bob also proposed and then supervised a unique city-wide effort from 1981-83, which virtually
eliminated street prostitution in Hollywood and other areas of Los Angeles. In 1986, Ferber
joined the newly formed LA City Attorney Anti-gang Unit. Instead of using traditional
prosecutions which proved to be ineffective in combating gang violence, he initiated the first
civil lawsuits in the nation against local street gangs as unincorporated associations. His efforts
literally turned around a formerly gang-ridden neighborhood into a desirable and safe community
and his “gang injunction” is now used by police departments and prosecutors around the nation
as one of the most effective tools in combating gang violence. Ferber also specially handled
cases involving the homeless and mentally ill, routinely locating housing and family support for
these special defendants. His program was readily accepted by the courts and Public Defender’s
office and is now used by most prosecuting agencies in Los Angeles area to help stop the
revolving door of arrests and prosecutions of the homeless and mentally ill.
At the urging of Ferber, the LA City Attorney created the Animal Protection Unit with Ferber as
its Supervisor. It is believed to be the first time a prosecutor has been assigned to exclusively
prosecute animal abuse and neglect cases as well as address the many legal and social issues
involving animal welfare. Ferber drafted legislation that gave the courts the authority to seize
animals from a convicted animal abuser and also require full restitution to the caretakers of the
victimized animal. Most recently, Ferber developed new legal procedures and a new fostering
program that is expected to end the terrible problem of “evidence animals” being held at shelters
for months at a time while the animal abuse cases languish in the court system. He has
aggressively trained animal control officers on effective investigations of animal abuse resulting
in entirely new and successful investigative procedures and recently persuaded the LAPD to
participate for the first time in a joint task force with local animal control to combat blood sports
such as dog and cockfighting. Ferber also jointly drafted new local legislation that will mandate
humane sheltering of companion dogs with specific requirements and virtually eliminate
unattended tethered animals. Ferber lives with numerous so-called unadoptable dogs and cats
(e.g. some with three legs, others that are blind or epileptic,) and also three hamsters, two fish
and a rat. He also takes his “challenged” animals to elementary schools in a unique program
called Baron’s Club to teach mainstream students reverence and respect for life.

Julie I. Fershtman earned two bachelors degrees at Emory College, and graduated from Emory
Law School. She practices law at Zausmer, Kaufman, August & Caldwell, and is one of the
nation’s most widely-known and experienced equine law practitioners. Crossing virtually all
horse breeds and disciplines, her law practice serves a national clientele of stables, industry
professionals, associations, veterinarians, businesses, show management, insurance companies,
trainers, clinicians, and individual horse owners. She handles a wide variety of disputes
frequently encountered in the horse industry, including business conflicts, personal injury
(typically defense), real estate, land use, and several others. Her expertise also includes
employment law, insurance coverage, defamation, sales fraud matters, and many others. With
extensive trial, appellate, and arbitration experience, Fershtman has achieved numerous
courtroom victories on cases and matters around the country. She is rated “AV” [highest possible
rating] by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, an independent lawyer rating service, and is
one of a select group of lawyers nationwide selected for an online profile by the American Bar
Association (ABA). Fershtman awards include the “Partner in Safety” Award from the CHA
(Certified Horsemanship Association), an “Outstanding Achievement” Award from the
American Riding Instructors Association, and an “Associate Award” from the United
Professional Horsemen’s Association, and was also honored with the Michigan Horse Council’s
“Catalyst Award.” Fershtman is the author of two books, Equine Law & Horse Sense and MORE
Equine Law & Horse Sense. Fershtman is the nation’s most sought after speaker on Equine Law.
Her articles have appeared in over 400 publications and web sites, and she has served as Legal
Consultant to EQUUS Magazine, Horse & Rider and Practical Horseman magazines.

Chris Green is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and the University of Illinois, where he
created the school’s first Environmental Sciences degree program in 1990. He is a member of the
American Veterinary Medical Law Association, the Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to
Animals, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the Illinois Farm Bureau. Green
recently took a 2-year sabbatical to research and write The Future of Veterinary Malpractice
Liability in the Care of Companion Animals. A 90-page “condensed” version was published in
the 10th Anniversary Issue of the journal Animal Law. Green also won first prize at the inaugural
National Animal Advocacy Competition held at Harvard last March. Green has consulted for
CBS News, 60 Minutes and The Washington Post on veterinary legal issues, and frequently
lectures on civil damages / animal valuation matters at veterinary colleges and legal conferences
around the country. Last year, Green participated in the in the California Veterinary Medical
Association’s Non-Economic Recovery Task Force, helping the organization and its insurance
carrier explore legislative options to address the profession’s increasing liability exposure. This
year he is acting as an advisor to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Task Force on
the Legal Status of Animals addressing these same issues at a national level. Most recently,
Green is researching a historical examination of human attitudes towards other species of
animals as viewed through the dual lenses of veterinary science and the codified/common law.
Chris currently divides his time between New York City, where is founding the Animal Policy
Endowment, an organization to fund academic scholarship pertaining to animal legal issues, and
Illinois, where he manages a farm that has been in his family for 168 years. Green also has
appeared in and produced several films, worked extensively in the music business, and continues
to host a weekly music video program for PBS television.

Jaime Olin is a second-year law student at the University of Michigan. She received her
bachelor’s degree at New College of Florida, and wrote her undergraduate thesis on “Children’s
Perceptions of Animal Cognition and Its Effect on Their Treatment of Pets”. She received her
master’s degree in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University. Her graduate thesis was
entitled “Humane Education in the 21st Century”, and entailed a survey of 600 animal shelters
around the country to determine what kinds of education programs they were conducting for
elementary school children. Olin has written “Model National Animal Welfare Legislation” for
the Animal Legal and Historical Web Center. This is a legislative template for developing
countries to adopt when considering the animal welfare provisions that might be added to their
constitutions. She is also the co-founder and chair of the law school’s chapter of the Student
Animal Legal Defense Fund. Her research interests include breed-specific legislative bans,
issues in biotechnology and genetic engineering as they relate to laboratory animals, and animal
abuse and cruelty laws.

Hanna Gibson is a third year student at the University of San Diego School of Law. She earned
a B.A., Cum Laude, in Sociology and a Certificate to Teach English as a Second Language from
Oakland University in 2000. In 1998, she attended the University of Missouri- Columbia Law
Enforcement Training Institute and received a certificate in Level 1 Cruelty Investigation. In the
decade leading up to her entry into law school, Gibson was a social activist, a teacher, a deputy, a
private investigator, an animal cruelty investigator, a sociologist, a witness, a lecturer, a lobbyist
and a realist. Gibson ultimately entered law school to restore the integrity of the law in this area.
As a student at the University of San Diego, Gibson has served as the Vice-Chair of the Public
Interest Law Foundation and as the President and Board Advisor to the Student Animal Legal
Defense Fund. In that capacity, she lobbied heavily and successfully for USD to offer an animal
law class. The class is now entering its second year. She coordinated a fundraiser for a Mexican
non-profit sea turtle rescue organization, led a group of students to Mexico to volunteer with
endangered sea turtles, and publishes an animal law newsletter. She interned at the Los Angeles
City Attorney’s Office, Animal Protection Unit where she developed a proposal for a dog-
fighting task force within LAPD, which has been implemented. She developed the dog-fighting
section of the Animal Legal and Historical Center’s online legal website, and assisted law
enforcement with the development of a dog-fighting database to track the locations, activities
and criminal histories of known and suspected dogfighters. Gibson received the USD Public
Interest Community Service Grant (2004), The Foundation of the State Bar of California
Scholarship (2004), and the Victor and Ethel McQuiston Scholarship for Social Service (2005,
2006) all in recognition of her commitment to public service in the area of animal law. She also
received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award (2005) for academic excellence.

Diane Dunne graduated from Chapman University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in
Computer Science and graduated from Western Sierra School of Law in 2005 as class
valedictorian. For a decade she worked on Naval Weapons Systems such as Anti-Submarine
Warfare Combat Systems (ASWCS) and Integrated Underwater Surveillance Systems (IUSS) for
private companies in San Diego. Dunne then served as Director of Operations for Alpha Project
for the Homeless and continued to develop her networking skills by interfacing with the City of
San Diego, HUD and various donors through fundraising events. Later she attended the
University of San Diego’s paralegal program and worked as a paralegal at Dunne & Dunne,
LLP, for five years, in the area of Family Law. Intending to volunteer at Humane Societies and
Animal Control, her husband suggested that she enroll in law school to be a better equipped
voice for the animals. Enrolled in law school, for the sole purpose elevating the status of
animals, Dunne interned with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Animal Protection Unit under
Supervising Attorney, Robert Ferber, during the summer of 2001. Dunne was then elected to co-
chair the San Diego County Bar Association Animal Law section from 2003 – 2004. During this
time, she produced many CLE events in San Diego and Palm Springs, including but not limited
to programs focusing on the Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence.

Warren D. Woessner graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin, Madison Law
School, and earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin after
graduating from Cornell University with a B.A. in chemistry. He is a Founding Partner at
Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth, where has practiced chemical, pharmaceutical, and
bio-technological patent prosecution, opinion work, licensing, and client counseling since 1993.
He was a partner at Merchant & Gould. Woessner served as Chair of the Chemical Practice
Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), as well as Chair of
the Ethics and Practice Subcommittee and coordinator of Advanced Biotechnology/Chemical
Patent Practice. He is an active member of the AIPLA Program Committee, and a former
member of the Amicus Committee, who authored amicus briefs to Federal Circuit and Supreme
Court. He currently serves as Chair of the AIPLA Biotechnology Committee. He is a past Chair
of the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association; and representative to the American Bar
Association’s PTO Biotechnology Partnership Roundtable. Woessner has published many law
articles, including “The Evolution of Patents on Life,” Journal of Patent and Trademark Office
Society; “New PTO Guidelines Raise Standards for Patenting Biological Materials,” Patent
Strategy & Management; “The Evolution of Patents on Life—Transgenic Animals, Clones and
Stem Cells,” Journal of Patent and Trademark Office Society; “Point of View—Guidelines for
Patenting Biologicals,” Genetic Engineering News; and “GATT and the Patenting of
Pharmaceuticals in the 21st Century,” with Kathleen Terry, Pharmaceutical News. Woessner has
made 44 invited presentations, including “Patent Infringement and Freedom to Operate
Opinions” at the Practicing Law Institute; “Patenting Leader-Edge Biotechnology” at BIO 2002
International Biotechnology Convention; “Patenting Transgenic Animals—From the Harvard
Mouse to ‘Hello Dolly!’” at Yale University Biotechnology Student Interest Group;
“Commercialization of Agricultural Biotechnology From Academia” at Association of
University Technology Managers; Litigation of Pharmaceutical Patents Under the Hatch-
Waxman Act” at American Intellectual Property Law Association; and “Meeting the
Requirements of the PTO’s Utility and Written Description Requirements” at the American
Conference Institute.

Meena Alagappan is a 1987 cum laude graduate of Cornell University, where she received her
B.A. with distinction in all subjects. She received her J.D. from Northwestern University School
of Law in 1990. While in law school, Alagappan served on the editorial board of the Journal of
International Law and Business and published an article on the United States’ Enforcement of
the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, 10
Northwestern J. of Intl Law and Bus 541 (1990). She studied animal law with Steven Wise, a
prominent animal law lawyer, at Vermont Law School in 1994 and at Tufts University School of
Veterinary Medicine in 2003, where she received an M.S. in Animals and Public Policy. While
at Tufts, Alagappan conducted research for the Great Ape World Heritage Species Project, which
is seeking to obtain U.N. level protections for the great apes. Alagappan is Chair of the
Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals, Association of the Bar of the City of New
York. While she has been Chair, CLE programs were developed on subjects such as Pet Trusts
and Estate Law: How to Prevent Your Companion from Becoming a Statistic in the Event of
Your Death or Disability; Breed Discrimination and Its Effects on Insurance, Real Estate and
Shelters; and The Practice of Animal Law: Perspectives on Its Past, Present, and Future.
Educational programs for the general public were also offered on a range of topics including
prosecuting animal cruelty cases, the regulation of the intensive confinement of farmed animals,
and the future of New York City’s cats and dogs. She is currently a senior instructor and counsel
for Advantage Testing, Inc, an academic test preparation company, which she joined in 1993
after practicing corporate and securities law at Shea & Gould in New York City for three years.

Shadrack Arhin is a Barrister at Law and a graduate of the University of Ghana and the Ghana
School of Law. He worked with the Attorney General’s Department in Ghana then joined the
prestigious law firm Lexcom Asscoiates, based in Accra, Ghana, where he is now a Partner and
head of the firm’s litigation and corporate departments. Lexcom Associates specializes in
corporate and company law, mining leases, venture capital, and joint venture agreements, review
of legislation, and international arbitration. Arhin was involved in the drafting of a new Wildlife
Conservation Legislation, which is receiving attention from Ghana’s government to be passed
into law. He was part of a consortium of experts that undertook a review and rationalization of
the legislation framework for the management of loans, guarantees, and grants in Ghana. Arhin
additionally is a keen wildlife enthusiast in Ghana and for many years helped the Wildlife
Service Division in Ghana in resolving many thorny legal issues on wildlife. He has represented
the American group Friends of Animals in Ghana in its efforts to create a sanctuary for
chimpanzees. He is a sports enthusiast and exercises regularly. He and his wife, Vera, a lecturer
at the University of Ghana, have three children.

Paul Waldau is the Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University
School of Veterinary Medicine. He has a Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of
Oxford and is a former Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World
Religions. He also has a Juris Doctor degree from UCLA Law School and a Masters from
Stanford University in Religious Studies. He is the author of “The Specter of Speciesism:
Buddhist and Christian Views of Animals,” published by Oxford University Press, and editor of
the forthcoming “A Communion of Subjects: Animals in Religion, Science, and Ethics,” the
papers presented at the May 1999 conference he organized at Harvard on “religion and animals.”
Waldau teaches ethics courses at the veterinary school, and in the Center for Animals is
responsible for the lectures on ethics, law, and history. He is also an adjunct faculty member of
Boston College School of Law, and Suffolk University Law School, where he teaches animal
law. In spring 2002, he was a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he taught the
expanded animal law class. At Tufts’ undergraduate campus, he teaches “Religion and Ecology”
and “Religion and Animals.” Waldau is also the Vice-President of the Great Ape Project, a
director of the Great Ape Legal Project, a member of the Chimpanzee Collaboratory, and a
participant in the Great Ape World Heritage Species Project. He is also the founder of the
Religion and Animals Caucus at the American Academy of Religion, and advisor to many
groups in the expanding study of religion and animals.

Patrick K. Costello is a partner in the firm of Costello, Carlson & Butzon, LLP. The law firm,
founded in 1896, has offices in Jackson, Lakefield, and Heron Lake, Minnesota. A graduate of
Hamline University (B.A. 1974) and Creighton University (J.D. 1977), Costello is a native of
Lakefield, Minnesota. He regularly lectures for Minnesota Continuing Legal Education on
federal estate and gift tax, ethics and rural topics. Agricultural law; probate and trust law; federal
estate and gift taxation and commercial transactions are his main practice areas. Farmers,
including many livestock producers and retired farm families are his primary clients. He also
represents banks, non-profits and cooperatives. His practice is defined by its rural setting.
Costello is a member of the American Bar Association and the Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska
State Bar Associations. He is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association and
American Veterinary Medical Law Association. He chaired the Rural and Agricultural Institute
in Minnesota. A past Governor of the Minnesota State Bar Association, he is a member of the
Bar Sections on Agricultural Law, Animal Law, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Elder
Law, General Practice and Outstate Practice.

William J. Snape III is in solo practice in Washington, D.C., specializing in wildlife, natural
resources, and international issues. For over a decade, Snape was vice president and chief
counsel at Defenders of Wildlife, a biodiversity advocacy group dedicated to protecting plants
and animals in their native ecosystems. In this capacity, he oversaw all domestic and
international legal programs, provided legal counsel on all program policy and directed the
organization’s litigation before various courts and tribunals. He continues to be associated with
the organization. Snape is the author of numerous articles on natural resources policy, and is the
editor of Biodiversity and the Law, published in 1996 by Island Press. Snape has taught at
several law schools, including George Washington University, Georgetown University,
American University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is formerly an adjunct professor at
the University Baltimore School of Law, where he also served as an advisor for the school’s
Environmental Law Journal. Snape is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California,
Los Angeles, with a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, and received his J.D. from George
Washington University, where he was president of the Environmental Law Society. He serves
on the Board of the U.S. Endangered Species Coalition, where he is Chairman, and the Institute
for Journalism & Natural Resources, where he serves as Secretary. He is married with two
children and a dog.

Mariann Sullivan is the deputy chief court attorney for the New York State Appellate Division,
First Department. She is the former chair of the Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to
Animals of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and a current member of that
committee as well as of the Special Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State
Bar Association. She is co-author, along with David Wolfson, of “Foxes in the Henhouse:
Animals, Agribusiness and the Law” in Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions,
edited by Cass Sunstein and Martha Nussbaum (Oxford University Press 2004). A long-time
resident of New York City, she graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 1980.

Jeffrey S. Goldman graduated from Brown University with an A.B. in history, and earned his
law degree at the University of Chicago Law School. Goldman is a partner in Sonnenschein,
Nath & Rosenthal’s Labor and Employment Group. His practice involves labor law,
management rights and responsibilities and the defense of disparate business practices. He
represents businesses throughout the country in labor, employment and civil rights litigation,
equal opportunity matters and discriminatory business practices issues. Maintaining an
employer’s capacity to deal with employees directly without the interference of a labor
organization has been a basic portion of his practice. Goldman regularly argues cases before state
and federal courts, the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission, the U.S. Dept. of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and
numerous state fair employment and human relations agencies. He has national experience in
defending against allegations of redlining in insurance and credit, and of racial discrimination in
marketing and advertising as well as the defense of fair housing allegations. He defends
management choices in response to accusations of race and other forms of invidious
discrimination in business operations. Participating in a variety of management development
programs across the country, Goldman also develops preventative programs with employers and
financial services providers. He represents federal contractors before the Office of Federal
Contract Compliance and also handles collective bargaining on behalf of management. For 25
years, Mr. Goldman was a senior partner at Fox and Grove, a nationally recognized employment,
labor, and civil rights boutique. Goldman and his partners asserted and defended managerial
rights nationally. He has continued that practice at Sonnenschein since Fox and Grove dissolved.
He is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s Employer-Employee Relations Committee,
and serves as a member of the Financial Services Committee, the Labor Section, and the
Employment At Will Subcommittee of the Litigation Section.

John L. Kerr earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Vermont and his law degree at
Northeastern University. He was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1985; in 1986 to the U.S.
District Court, District of Massachusetts; in 1988, to the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; and
in 1994, to the U.S. Supreme Court. He practices in the areas of Tort and Business Litigation,
Contracts, Employment Law, Representation of Licensed Professionals before Boards of
Registration. Kerr is a trial attorney with extensive experience representing veterinarians. He has
represented veterinarians both in court and before the Board of Registration of Veterinary
Medicine in Massachusetts since 1994. During that time, he has represented approximately 950
veterinarians. He also consults nationally with veterinarians on board complaints. Kerr has
spoken at numerous local and regional veterinary meetings on liability issues facing veterinarians
and is a contributing author to the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association newsletter.

Raj Panjwani, on being awarded his Master’s Degree in English Literature and Law in 1975,
was enrolled at the age of 21 years as a member to the Supreme Court of India Bar and the High
Court of Delhi Bar. He has since then been practicing law, specializing in animal welfare and
environmental issues and legislation. He is the Legal Counsel for the Animal Welfare Board of
India, the Committee for Prevention of Cruelty and Supervision of Experiments on Animals, the
Donkey Sanctuary (U.K), WWF-India, Greenpeace, People for Animals, the Wildlife Protection
Society of India, the Goa Foundation, Toxic Link, and the Orissa Wildlife Protection Society,
among other bodies. In October 2004, was appointed as Amicus Curae to assist the Full Bench of
the High Court of Bombay in a petition challenging the validity of the Animal Birth Control
Rules. He has been a member of the Labeling Committee, Government of India; member of the
Committee for Prevention of Cruelty and Supervision of Experiments on Animals; member of
the High Powered Committee appointed by the High Court of Delhi for the implementation of
laws pertaining to Wildlife; member of the Committee on Delhi Slaughter House; and member of
the Committee on Stray Animals in Urban Areas. He is the founder of the Animal and
Environment Legal Defense Fund and a visiting lecturer for Environmental Law at the Center for
Environmental Law, WWF-India. He has drafted several legislations for the government of
India, including Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001; Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals (Transport of Animals on Foot) Rules, 2001; Transport of Animals (Amendment)
Rules, 2001; Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001; Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals (Establishment & Registration of SPCA’s) Rules, 2001; Transport, Riding,
Trekking of Equine Rules, 2002. He has authored a book entitled “Courting Wildlife” and co-
authored a volume on Animal Laws of India. In 2002, was awarded a Citation by the Supreme
Court of India Bar Association for “Adding Knowledge to the Practice of Law.”

  James A. Riddle graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  and is a Partner at Thelen Reid & Priest LLP. He represents a variety of clients in complex
  commercial litigation matters, including disputes over insurance coverage, reinsurance,
  directors and officers liability, professional liability, intellectual property and products
  liability. He also counsels clients in various non-litigation contexts, such as insurance product
  development, contract formation and renewal. He has served as trial counsel in numerous
  multiparty insurance coverage, bad faith, trade practices and securities disputes, including a
  $45 million insurance contribution action, $60 million and $40 million environmental
  insurance coverage actions and a $20 million reinsurance claim. Since 1986, Riddle has served
as National Coordinating Counsel supervising dozens of complex environmental coverage
disputes venued across the country involving Fortune 500 companies. He has been on many of
the American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section committees, including
the Professionalism Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, Strategic Alliances
Committee, and the Scope and Correlation Committee. He has also served on the ABA’s
eCommerce Committee, Tort & Insurance Practice Section, and Insurance & Bonds Committee.

Professor Song Wei received his bachelor’s degree from the Beijing Institute of Technology,
and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Science and Technology of
China (USTC). He is an attorney and professor at the USTC who teaches Animal Welfare Law
and Environment Law. He serves as the Director of the Law Institute of the USTC and has
written seven books and more than sixty academic articles, including: “Legislation Problems
About Chinese Animal Welfare Law,” the textbook Laws About Animal Welfare in England,
“The Status of Animal Welfare in Chinese Legal System,” “China Needs Animal Welfare Law
to Prevent Cruelty to Animals,” “Animal Welfare Law and Animal Protection,” and “How to
Speed Up Farm Animal Welfare Legislation in China.” In addition to his many publications,
Song has also appeared on China Central Television to speak on animal welfare topics. Prof.
Song is a member of a council of China Law Education Association and serves as a law
consultant for companies, organizations and government.

James Carr received his J.D. degree from George Washington University Law School and a
B.S. degree from the United States Air Force Academy. Carr serves as a First Assistant Attorney
General in the Colorado Attorney Generals office. He supervises the Professional Boards Unit in
the Business and Licensing Section and represents a number of professional licensing boards,
including the Colorado Board of Veterinary Medicine. Carr previously represented Colorado in
superfund (CERCLA) cases and general litigation; was in private practice; and was an Assistant
Prosecuting Attorney in Genesee County, Michigan. He is a TIPS Delegate to the ABA House of
Delegates and serves on the Section Council. He has served as TIPS Secretary and an at large
member of the TIPS Council. He served on the Government and Public Sector Division Council
and was recently elected to a new term on the Division Council. He was a Denver Bar
Association Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. He chaired the ABA Commission on
Mental and Physical Disability Law, was a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Public
Education, and is a current member of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging. Carr just
completed a term on the Denver Bar Association Board of Trustees and Colorado Bar
Association Board of Governors. He has chaired the Colorado Bar Association ADR Section,
Health Law Section, Law Education Committee, and the Denver Bar Association Democracy
Education Committee. Carr served on the Colorado Board of Law Examiners and is active in law
related education programs in schools, including mock trials, classroom presentations and peer

Gilda I. Mariani is a 1973 summa cum laude graduate of St. John’s University. She received
her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, graduating in the top five percent of her class.
While in law school, Mariani was a member of Law Review and published an article entitled
“Peremptory Challenge - Divining Rod for a Sympathetic Jury?” 21 Catholic Lawyer 56, Winter
1975. Upon graduation, Mariani clerked as an appellate law assistant for two years in New York.
Then she joined the Manhattan criminal defense firm of Obermaier, Morvillo & Abramowitz, P.C.
as a litigation associate. In 1984 she was appointed an assistant district attorney in the County of
New York. Since 1993, Mariani has been the Chief of Money Laundering and Tax Crimes Unit.
She had a significant role in drafting various legislation, including the current New York money
laundering statute enacted in November 2000.

Mariani was the Chair of the Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals, Association of
the Bar of the City of New York, for three years and a member of that committee since 1994.
Among her accomplishments was the initiation of innovative, annual day-long conferences
hosted by the committee. She also drafted the pamphlet entitled “Access Rights of People with
Disabilities and Their Service Animals” published by the Association of the Bar of the City of
New York.

Mariani is the author of numerous articles in various legal publications, as well as the editor of
Chapter 10 - Plea Negotiations, New York Criminal Practice Handbook (2d edition 1998)
published by the New York State Bar Association, and the author of Chapter 2, “Elements of the
Offense,” Money Laundering: A Practice Manual for State Prosecutors, pp. 17 to 57 May 1995,
(Bureau of Justice Assistance of the United States Department of Justice and the National
Association of Attorney’s General). Mariani has also written and spoken extensively on legal
issues and matters relating to money laundering and tax prosecutions at international forum and
in thirty states and the District of Columbia, including at programs hosted by the Civil and
Criminal Tax Penalty Committee of the Taxation Section of the American Bar Association.

Rebecca Silverstein graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College
with a dual degree in Psychology and in Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought. She earned her
J.D. in 2002 from Harvard Law School, where she was the Publishing Editor and Webmaster for
the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, she clerked for Justice Susan Beck at the
Massachusetts Appeals Court. She is an active volunteer at the Massachusetts Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Milton Animal Shelter, a member of the Massachusetts
Animal Coalition and of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. A part-time veterinary technician,
Rebecca is also in private practice.

Angela Caputo Griswold teaches legal writing, research, and analysis at the University of
Maine School of Law. She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and Boston College
and a member of the Massachusetts and Maine state bars and the United States District Court Bar
for the District of Massachusetts. Ms. Griswold uses her role as a faculty member to support
student interest in animal law and is the faculty advisor to the Maine Law chapter of the Student
Animal Legal Defense Fund. In addition, she is member of numerous animal interest
organizations and is on the board of directors of the Maine Animal Coalition, the oldest animal
rights organization in the State of Maine. Griswold has a special interest in educational
technology and has written articles and given presentations on the effective use of technology in
teaching. Most recently, she spoke at the Teaching and Technology conference of the New
England Legal Writing Consortium, held at Harvard Law School. Additionally, she is active in
local and national legal writing organizations. Before joining the faculty at Maine Law, Griswold
taught in the Legal Practice Skills Program at Suffolk University Law School in Boston and
practiced in a civil litigation firm on the South Shore of Massachusetts. While a law student, she
was active in the Student Bar Association where she revived and led the previously defunct
Suffolk chapter of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. She also served as a legal
intern with the New England Office of the Regional Counsel for the Federal Aviation
Administration, a position that she initiated, and was awarded the American Jurisprudence
Award for Estate Planning. In her spare time, Griswold enjoys cooking vegetarian cuisine,
birding, playing Mah Jong, and spending time with her husband, David, and their cats, Emily and

Joan Schaffner is an Associate Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law
School. She received her B.S. in mechanical engineering (magna cum laude) and her J.D. (Order
of the coif) from the University of Southern California and her M.S. in mechanical engineering
from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Schaffner worked at the law firm of Irell &
Manella in Los Angeles California and clerked for the Honorable Marianna Pfaelzer in the
Central District of California before coming to GW. She teaches Civil Procedure, Remedies,
Sexuality and the Law, and Animal Law Lawyering. Schaffner is the co-founder and co-director
of the Animal Law Welfare Project and the Animal Law Litigation Project (in partnership with
the Humane Society of the United States) at GW Law School and is the faculty advisor to the
student ALDF chapter as well as Lambda Law. As co-director of the Animal Welfare Project,
Schaffner supervised and contributed to the drafting of the “Report on Animal Welfare in the
District of Columbia” published in February 2005, and is finalizing legislation to implement
many of the proposed reforms. In February 2006, she will be a panelist at the AALS Cover
Retreat where, for the first time, the public interest retreat will discuss animal law issues. She
also is the editor-in-chief of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly

Allison Hoffman is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of American Lawyer Media,
Inc., a leading integrated media company focused on the legal industry. She joined ALM as
Assistant General Counsel in 1999, and was appointed to her current position in 2001.
Previously, she had practiced for four years as a corporate associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate,
Meagher & Flom LLP's New York Office. Hoffman is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law
School in New York City, currently teaching Media Law Drafting. She is also co-chair of the
Advertising Law Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel – Americas and serves on
the Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals, Association of the Bar of the City of New
York, where she moderated a panel on Breed Discrimination and Its Effects on Insurance, Real
Estate and Shelters. Hoffman volunteers at New York Presbyterian Hospital with her trained
therapy dog, Bruno. She is also Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the
cooperative at 315 East 68th Street. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a
B.A. degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and a B.S. degree from the Wharton School.
Ms. Hoffman received a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

Adam Karp practices animal law and collections in Bellingham, Washington, having been
graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.A. Honors, and University of Washington with a
J.D. and M.S. in statistics. He founded and served as first chair of the new Washington State Bar
Association's Animal Law Section for 2002-2003, and is currently chair-elect for 2004-2005. He
taught animal law at Seattle University School of Law and the University of Washington School
of Law and is Membership Director of the American Bar Association’s TIPS Animal Law
Committee. In addition to serving as second year as editor of the Animal Welfare and Law
Enforcement report, produced by Animal Legal Reports Services, he is a long-term member of
the Northwest Animal Rights Network and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Having been
graduated from the Washington Level One Animal Control Academy, he is also a member of the
Washington Animal Control Association and National Animal Control Association. He regularly
writes for several bar association and trade bulletins on the topic of animal law and routinely
speaks around the nation about this area of practice. Adam is a volunteer humane investigator
and Chair of the Legal Committee for Pasado’s Safe Haven, an animal rescue sanctuary.
Occasionally he appears on television, radio, and most recently in TIME magazine.

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