LAW SECTION'S 10th CLE!
December 14, 2018
Drury Inn & Suites820 Poydras StreetNew Orleans, LA 70112
coffee, tea and lunch
7 CLE Credit Hours with
hour of Ethics and 1 hour Professionalism
$185 for Non-Section Members of the LSBA
$50 for individuals not seeking CLE credits
$15 Valet Parking Available
8:00 to 8:30 am Registration
- 9:00 am
Introduction to Animal Law
Julia Breaux Melancon
9:00 - 9:30 am
of Louisiana animal law and legislative updates (30 minutes)
5 minute break
- 10:35 am
of animal law litigation and legislation on the national level. (1 Hour)
5 minute break
- 11:40 am
Ethics, & the Factory Farm. A discussion of the legal vacuum
surrounding regulation of industrial agriculture.
Provided in the Hotel Lobby
- 1:40 pm
Mead will use breakout groups to address a myriad of ethical dilemmas faced by Animal
5 minute break
1:45 - 2:45
Mead will continue with the previous hypothetical adding in new fact scenarios
which will be centered around issues involving the Rules of Professional
Responsibility. (1 Hour - Professionalism)
2:50 – 3:50 pm
National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the impact of all federally
funded or permitted projects on historic properties (buildings, archaeological
sites, etc.) through a process known as Section 106 Review and an overview of
recent litigation and administrative actions involving animals and the NHPA.
5 minute break
– 4:55 Wendy Wolfson and Dr. Herman Soong
and the link to human violence, documentation and the importance of having a
veterinarian involved in the legal process, the link between those who
perpetrate animal cruelty which then progresses to violence toward humans.
SPEAKER QUALIFICATIONS AND BIOGRAPHIES:
Professor David N.
Cassuto has taught at Pace Law School
since July 2003 and previously practiced complex civil litigation at Coblentz,
Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP in San Francisco. Prior to that, he was an
associate at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP in San Francisco and served on the
Executive Committee of the San Francisco Bar Association’s Environmental Law
Practice Group. Before entering private practice, Professor Cassuto clerked for
the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the United States Court of Appeals for the
Eleventh Circuit. A former professor of English specializing in literature and
the environment, Professor Cassuto has published and lectured widely on legal,
literary, and environmental issues. He is also a frequent speaker on legal and
Professor Cassuto teaches
in the areas of property, professional responsibility, animal law, water law,
international comparative law, and legal and environmental theory. He directs the
Brazil American Institute for Law and Environment (BAILE), a cooperative
endeavor with the Getulio Vargas Foundation School of Law in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil. Professor Cassuto was a Fulbright Fellow at FGV Direito Rio, in Rio de
Janeiro Brazil in 2010, is a visiting professor at the Federal University of
Bahia, Brazil, and is the Class of 1946 Distinguished Visiting Professor of
Environmental Law at Williams College. Professor Cassuto earned a BA from
Wesleyan University, an MA from Indiana University, a PhD from Indiana
University and a JD from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Russ Mead is General Counsel of Animal Law
Coalition, and is a partner in the Seattle based law firm of Allen & Mead.
In the past he has served as General Counsel for two of the nations leading
non-profit animal sanctuaries. He was on the ground overseeing thousands of
volunteers after Hurricane Katrina hit, and has put into motion some of the
largest animal rescues in the country. His work included rescues from animal
hoarders, puppy mills and dog fighting cases, including the Michael Vick case.
Russ holds a BS in Accounting from Arizona State University, an MBA from
Lindenwood College, a JD from St. Louis University School of Law, and earned a
CPA from Arizona. He taught business ethics in the MBA program at Fontbonne
University, and has taught Animal Law as a guest lecturer at Cornell University
School of Law. Russ recently presented continuing legal education programs on
Animal Law Ethics for the New York City Bar as well as the Nassau County New
York Bar. Russ is a frequent speaker at animal law conferences, and law schools
with animal law sections.
Breaux Melancon is
the Louisiana Director of the Humane Society of the United States and advocates
before the Louisiana legislature on behalf of animals.
Machelle Hall A former archaeologist who specialized in osteology and
NHPA Section 106 Review, Ms. Hall currently teaches at Tulane University Law
School in the Environmental Law Clinic and will be teaching Animal Law at
Tulane in the spring. She also is the founder of the Center for Louisiana
Animal Welfare Law, and a member of the board of the Louisiana SPCA. Received her
JD from Tulane University Law School, 2008.
Dr. Wendy Wolfson is a New Orleans native. She graduated from LSU Veterinary
School in 1986. Upon graduation, she practiced as a staff veterinarian for the
LASPCA on Japonica Street for 6 years. She then became LASPCA clinic manager
and shelter medical director until 2007. During this period she examined many
animals confiscated by the LASPCA that were involved in neglect and cruelty
cases. From 2007 until present, Dr. Wolfson has taught at Louisiana State
University’s School of Veterinary Medicine as an assistant professor of shelter
medicine and surgery.
Jennifer Reba Edwards is the founder of the Animal Law Center located in Wheat
Ridge, Colorado. She is a frequent legal commentator for local and national
television, radio, and newspaper regarding the evolution and current state of
animal law, as well as on many of the recent high-profile cases impacting
animals and animal welfare. She teaches continuing legal education courses to
other attorneys in the area of Animal Law. Jennifer works hard to pave new paths for
legal remedies regarding animals. She received her JD from the University of
Baltimore, School of Law, 2006.
Herman C. Soong, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Tulane
University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
Division of Forensic Neuropsychiatry. Doctor of Medicine Degree, Tulane University
School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana: 1986-1990; Fellowship, Forensic
Neuropsychiatry, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana: