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					                            ANIMAL LAW COMMITTEE
                    TORT TRIAL & INSURANCE PRACTICE SECTION
                              American Bar Association

                               2007-2008 ANNUAL REPORT
                         Submitted by: Meena Alagappan, Chair-Elect

A.     Summary of the Year's Activities

       2007-2008 is our fourth year as a committee. Our membership has grown to 270
members. The Committee has worked toward a diverse membership with a large percentage of
women and young lawyers. In August of 2007, the Committee received the TIPS’ Women
Involvement Award for excellence in increasing the involvement and retention of women in the
Section. The Committee also has members of ethnic minorities and of diverse sexual orientation.

       At the Annual Meeting in San Francisco on August 11, 2007, the Committee presented a
CLE program entitled ―How to Represent Petey: Animals in Entertainment.‖ It was co-
sponsored with the TIPS Media, Privacy and Defamation Committee and the ABA Forum
Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industry.

       The Committee held a 2- day national conference, ―Animals and Bioengineering—A
Consideration of Law, Ethics and Science‖ at Duke University Law School in North Carolina on
November 9th and 10th of 2007. The conference was co-sponsored with the ABA’s Section of
Science and Technology, the TIPS’ Intellectual Property Committee and Media, Defamation and
Privacy Committee, and Duke University School of Law. We received financial support for this
program from the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Covington and Burling, Duke University School
of Law (The Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights Law), the North
Carolina Association of Biomedical Research, and Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice.

        On December 1, 2007, the Committee held its first regional conference, ―Prosecuting
Reckless Owners and Muzzling Dangerous Dogs: Common Sense Solutions for Politicians and
Practitioners,‖ at New York University Law School in New York City. A broad spectrum of co-
sponsors included the TIPS’ Trial Techniques Committee, Law Practice Management Committee
and Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Committee, the Animal Farm Foundation and the New
York University Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

        In March 2008, the Committee co-sponsored the TIPS Workers’ Compensation and
Employer’s Liability Law Committee’s program in Chicago entitled ―National Trends, Emerging
Issues, and Cutting Edge Medical Disability Determinations Affecting All State Workers’
Compensation Laws.‖ Our members gave presentations on Emergency Management and Animal
Law: Volunteer Healthcare Practitioners’ Act and Other Disaster Relief Measures.

        The Committee is co-sponsoring the annual program of the Trial Techniques Committee
in August 2008 in New York City entitled ―The Art of Impeachment from a Trial Master,‖
featuring Terence F. MacCarthy.

     The Committee began collaborating with the TIPS’ Law in Public Service Committee and
HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers), a non-profit organization in New
York, on the Committee’s first public interest project to provide humane education instruction to
elementary school students. Interested ABA members will be trained to offer a four-lesson
humane education program designed to cultivate empathy and compassion in our youth toward
animals. This pilot project will first be implemented in Washington D.C. and New York City.
Volunteers from the NYC Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals
and the DC Bar’s Animal Law Committee will also assist in implementing this pro bono project.

        The Committee published two newsletters in October 2007 and May 2008 and
contributed to the annual survey of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Law Journal. We
received approval from the ABA for the following publications, which are currently in progress:
1) a book tentatively titled ―ABA TIPS Guide to Litigating Animal Law Disputes‖; 2) a book on
international wildlife law with contributions from around the world; and 3) a handbook
tentatively titled ―ABA TIPS Guide to Handling Dangerous Dog Issues.‖

       In November 2007, the TIPS Enterprise Fund awarded our Committee a $6,000 grant to
produce a podcast series called ―Insights.‖ These audio files will discuss emerging issues in the
practice of animal law and will be posted on the Committee webpage. A number of podcasts are
currently in development and the first one, an interview with TIPS Chair Peter Bennett, entitled
―Animal Law—An Idea Whose Time Has Come,‖ was recently completed. Other podcasts that
are presently being edited or are scheduled to be recorded include: Creating a Pet Trust as an
Estate Planning Tool for the Care of Companion Animals; an interview with David Ball, a
nationally known jury and trial consultant, and president of the Miller Malekpour and Ball, Inc.;
and Making Animal Law Your Career, which presents an overview of career opportunities in the
practice of animal law.

        As a result of the Committee’s initiative, the TIPS’ Council was granted blanket authority
to write a letter in support of a federal bill requiring that the National Incident Reporting
System, the Uniform Crime Reporting System, and the Law Enforcement National Data
Exchange Program identify cruelty to animals as a separate offense category. The Criminal
Justice Section will co-sponsor this report.

       The Committee conferred its newly established annual ―Excellence in the Advancement
of Animal Law‖ award at the annual meeting in San Francisco to recognize a person who
through her leadership in an animal law committee has been exceptionally successful in
promoting the humane treatment of animals.

        The Committee produced an information flyer and membership brochure to assist in
expanding and increasing its membership. We also developed an electronic survey that was
distributed to the Committee to better understand the ideas, interests, and preferences of our
members.

        Three recent articles on the rapidly growing field of animal law made mention of the
Committee as a significant entity in advancing the practice of animal law. (See Animal Law by
Kathryn Alfisi, Washington Lawyer (DC Bar Journal – cover story) (March 2008); ―Animal
Law, Gaining Ground in the United States‖ by Paria Kookla, ABA Student Lawyer (February
2008 – cover story); and ―Beast Practices,‖ by Terry Carter, ABA Law Journal (November
2007)).

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B.     Implementation of Section Goals

Goal No. 1: TIPS will be the primary source for education and knowledge in civil trial and
appellate advocacy, conflict resolution, and tort and insurance law.

Activities conducted in 2007-2008 in support of Goal No. 1:

In August 2007, we sponsored a CLE program at the annual meeting in San Francisco, ―How to
Represent Petey: Animals in Entertainment.‖

We conducted a 2 day national conference at Duke University Law School in North Carolina in
November 2007: ―Animals and Bioengineering—A Consideration of Law, Ethics and Science.‖

We held a regional conference at New York University Law School in December 2007 in New
York City: ―Prosecuting Reckless Owners and Muzzling Dangerous Dogs: Common Sense
Solutions for Politicians and Practitioners.‖

The Committee co-sponsored the TIPS Workers’ Compensation and Employer’s Liability Law
Committee’s program in Chicago entitled ―National Trends, Emerging Issues, and Cutting Edge
Medical Disability Determinations Affecting All State Workers’ Compensation Laws.‖
We began the development of a podcast series called ―Insights‖ that addresses emerging issues
in animal law. We just completed an interview with TIPS Chair Peter Bennett, entitled ―Animal
Law—An Idea Whose Time Has Come,‖ which will soon be available on our website.

The Committee published two newsletters, contributed to the annual survey of the TIPS Journal,
and received approval for three publications which are in progress and described below.

Activities planned for 2008-2009 in support of Goal No. 1:

On September 19, 2008, we are planning to hold a regional conference at DePaul University in
Chicago: ―Prosecuting and Representing Animal Abusers and Caring for the Victims-The
Michael Vick Case and Its Impact on Cruelty Cases.‖ The program is being co-sponsored by the
ABA-TIPS Trial Techniques Committee & Criminal Law Section. Approval and funding have
already been secured for this program.

The Committee plans to hold a regional conference, ―Family Abuse: Linking Domestic Violence,
Child Abuse, and Animal Abuse,‖ at George Washington University Law School in D.C in the
fall of 2008. This program was postponed from the spring of 2008. We intend to coordinate with
the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence and the ABA Center on Children and the Law.

We have submitted one mid-year CLE program and an annual program for approval. These are
discussed in detail in Goal # 6.

We also plan to co-sponsor a program with the Diversity in the Profession Committee at Stetson
University College of Law in Florida entitled ―Providing People with Disabilities and the
Elderly Equal Access to Justice.‖ This program will also be co-sponsored by the TIPS Health
and Disability Insurance Law Committee, the Law Practice Management Committee, and
Government Law Committee in conjunction with the ABA Judicial Division, the ABA
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Government and Public Sector Lawyers, the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability
Law, the ABA Criminal Justice Section, the ABA Commission on Aging and the ABA Seniors
Lawyers Division.

The Committee is co-sponsoring the annual program of the Trial Techniques Committee in
August 2008 in New York City entitled ― Art of Impeachment from a Trial Master,‖ featuring
Terence F. MacCarthy.

We will continue to publish two newsletters in October 2008 and April 2009 and will also
continue to contribute to the Annual Recent Developments issue of the ABA-TIPS Journal. We
plan to submit for publication the following guides and books: 1) ABA TIPS Guide to Litigating
Animal Law Disputes; 2) a book on international wildlife law; and 3) a handbook tentatively
titled ―ABA TIPS Guide to Handling Dangerous Dog Issues.‖

We will continue to develop our TIPS-Animal Law Committee ―Insights‖ Podcasts project,
which will include audio interviews on animal law topics, commentaries on emerging and
rapidly evolving animal law issues, and creative and traditional ways to involve animal law in
your career.

In conjunction with the Law in Public Service Committee, we will be developing a
comprehensive humane education training manual for our joint public service project (described
in Goal # 7).

Goal 2: TIPS will expand and increasingly diversify its membership.

Activities conducted in 2007-2008 in support of Goal No. 2:

We continued to recruit a wide spectrum of members and developed a brochure to help expand
and diversify our membership. A large percentage of our Committee consists of women and
young lawyers. We seek diversity in the selection of vice chairs for our leadership, authors and
subject matter for our newsletters, and topics and panelists for our CLE programs. We also
upgraded our website and included a podcast link.

Activities planned for 2008-2009 in support of Goal No. 2:

The Committee will continue to enhance its website to attract new membership. In an effort to
recruit more young lawyers and law students, we will reach out to Student Animal Legal Defense
Fund groups at law schools, Animal Law professors, the ABA Young Lawyers Division, the TIPS
Leadership Academy, and the Diversity in the Profession Committee. We will also invite young
lawyers to write articles for our newsletter and assist in the Committee’s activities.

In addition, we will pursue recruitment efforts targeted at state, regional, county, and city bar
associations with animal law committees and sections and seek collaborative opportunities with
these bar associations.

Goal 3: TIPS will be a national voice for the advancement of civil justice.

Activities conducted in 2007-2008 in support of Goal No. 3:
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Animal law has been regarded by many as perhaps the last frontier of civil rights and it is an
area of law that has generally been overlooked by American jurisprudence. We have been
planning a public service project described below that will help further the goal of advancing
civil justice. Some of our future CLE programs may qualify for ethics credits as well.
Activities planned for 2008-2009 in support of Goal No. 3:

With the assistance of TIPS’ Committee Administrator, Sonia Schroeder, and through the Animal
Law Committee’s Humane Education Subcommittee, the Committee is creating a public interest
educational project for elementary school children focusing on the humane treatment of animals.
This is a joint endeavor with the TIPS Law in Public Service Committee. The project involves
educating and training ABA members about humane education so they may serve as teachers in
the humane education public interest program.

The Committee is also planning to co-sponsor a Moot Court program with the Appellate
Advocacy Committee focusing on the issue of whether higher life forms are patentable. We
anticipate inviting members of the National Association of Women Judges, the American
Association of Law Professors, the ABA Judicial Division, and the ABA Standing Committee on
Judicial Independence to participate in this program.

Goal 4: TIPS will be financially secure and stable.

Activities conducted in 2007-2008 in support of Goal No. 4:

Our membership has remained stable at about 270 and has steadily increased. We have 3
publications in progress. We have conducted a number of CLE programs. In addition, the
Committee has secured financial support from various entities for its programs and has been
granted a $5,000 sponsorship from the ASPCA for the Committee’s Annual Excellence in Animal
Law Award Reception at the 2008 annual meeting in New York City.

Activities planned for 2008-2009 in support of Goal No. 4:

We will continue to recruit new members and identify more sponsors for our different CLE
programs. The Committee plans to conduct three regional programs, a mid-year program, and
an annual program in the upcoming year that should all attract broad audiences.

Goal 5: TIPS will provide its members with opportunities for networking and professional
development.

Activities conducted in 2007-2008 in support of Goal No. 5:

Our newsletters, subcommittees, and programs afford our members significant networking
opportunities. Being given the option to publish articles in our newsletter, our members are
provided with a platform for networking and opportunities to influence current developments in
the practice of animal law. The Committee has 16 substantive subcommittees: Criminal Law;
Dangerous Dogs; Disaster Relief; Endangered Species; Equine Law; Great Apes; Humane
Education; Insurance Law; International Law; Legislation; Linking Animal Abuse and Human
Violence; Litigation; Pet Custody; Veterinary Malpractice; Wills and Trusts; and Worker’s
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Compensation. These subcommittees provide opportunities for membership to demonstrate
leadership qualities by chairing subcommittees relevant to their area of specialization or by
getting involved in the various subcommittee activities, such as organizing conferences, writing
articles, and tracking legislation.

Activities planned for 2008-2009 in support of Goal No. 5:

The Committee will continue to present opportunities to members to work on programs, submit
articles and will encourage membership to become actively involved with one of our substantive
subcommittees. The Committee will also continue to collaborate with other TIPS committees and
ABA Sections.

Goal 6: TIPS will increase its recognition and influence in the legal community.

Activities conducted in 2007-2008 in support of Goal No. 6:

For the first time, the Committee conferred its newly established annual ―Excellence in the
Advancement of Animal Law‖ award at the annual meeting in San Francisco to recognize a
person who through her leadership in a Bar Association’s animal law committee has been
exceptionally successful in promoting the humane treatment of animals.

Activities planned for 2008-2009 in support of Goal No. 6:

The Committee will award its second annual Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law
award to an accomplished international lawyer from India at the Annual meeting in New York
City on August 9th, 2008.

In addition to the regional CLE programs planned in DC, Chicago and St. Petersburg, and the
annual program in New York City, we are seeking approval for a mid-year CLE program in
Boston in February 2009 called “They Poisoned Our Companions: The Pet Food Recall Case
Against Menu Foods.”
We are also seeking approval for a moot court program at the annual meeting in Chicago in
August 2009 with the Appellate Advocacy Committee, focusing on the issue of whether higher
life forms should be patentable. This topic can be very interesting and thought-provoking as the
United States and Canadian Supreme Courts have different views on this issue.




GOAL 7: TIPS will engage in and promote public service projects and initiatives.

Activities conducted in 2007-2008 in support of Goal No. 7:

The founding Chair of the Committee continues to act as the Director of the ABA TIPS Animal
Disaster Relief Network, formed in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She has also
been appointed the TIPS liaison to the ABA’s Committee on Disaster Response and
Preparedness Task Force and is serving as the ABA TIPS Advisor to the National Conference of

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Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health
Practitioners Act (UEVHPA).

Activities planned for 2008-2009 in support of Goal No. 7:

The Committee will continue its efforts in the area of disaster relief and will begin implementing
the humane education public service project. This pro bono project will promote increased
understanding of our justice system and legal education of our own members and our youth. It
will educate: (a) ABA members on animal welfare and the law, which is a growing area of
practice nationally and internationally; and (b) elementary school children in animal welfare
and anti-cruelty laws.

 The program fills a demonstrated need of our public schools that is not addressed by other
programs. It will provide resources to improve our public schools and help in the teaching of
kindness and compassion toward all sentient beings which in turn will result in less violence and
safer schools. It is well documented that animal cruelty is linked to human violence and many
notorious serial killers abused animals as children. Humane education serves as a powerful
deterrent to violence and helps break the cycles of abuse toward both animals and people.

This project has the potential to be expanded nationwide by sharing the curriculum and training
manual. HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers), a non-profit organization
in New York, will (at no cost) help develop the teacher training material and student curriculum
and conduct the professional development workshops in DC and NYC.

In addition, the Humane Education subcommittee will prepare a brochure for the general public
on the need for humane education, its benefits, and the various state humane education laws.




C.     Review of Committee Name and Scope Statement
       (COMMITTEE SCOPE STATEMENTS ARE FOUND IN SECTION E.3.)
       a. YES. The Committee name should remain the same.
       b. _____The Committee name should be changed. The proposed name is
       _________________________________________________________. The Scope and
       Correlation Committee will review this proposal.
       c. YES. The Committee scope statement reflects the current scope of the committee's
       activities and should remain unchanged.
       d. _____The Committee scope statement does not reflect the current scope of activities
       of the committee and should be changed. A revised scope statement for review by the
       Scope and Correlation Committee is attached.



Send via email to: Matt Schiff mschiff@schiffandhulbert.com and Wanda Workman
workmanw@staff.abanet.org no later than June 1, 2008.
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