2017 CLE



Animal Law Practice Areas:
Far and Wide

Friday, December 15, 2017
Hyatt Centric French Quarter
800 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70112

includes coffee, tea and lunch

Approved For:
7 CLE Credit Hours with
1 hour of Ethics and 1 hour Professionalism

$175 for Animal Law Section Members
$185 for Non-Section Members of the LSBA
for individuals not seeking CLE credits


(order of presentations may change)

8:00 to 8:30 am Registration


8:30 - 9:30

Carter Dillard
Overview of recent litigation and legislative updates in animal law; discussion of Louisiana cases currently in litigation, factory farm lawsuits and AgGag laws; discussion of current litigation against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for visibility of animal welfare reports. (1 hour)

5 minute break


9:35 - 10:35 am

Russ Mead
(Ethics or Regular CLE Hours!) Mr. Mead will use breakout groups to address a myriad of ethical dilemmas faced by animal law attorneys, including shifting between representation of volunteer organizations while in litigation, co-mingling of funds, and inappropriate relationships with clients. (1 Hour)

5 minute break


10:40 - 11:40

Russ Mead
(Professional  or Regular CLE Hours!)
Mr. Mead will continue with the previous hypothetical adding in new fact scenarios which will be centered around issues involving the Rules of Professional Responsibility including entering into mentoring programs and bringing in co-counsel. (1 Hour)

11:40 -12:40 Lunch - Provided in the Hotel Lobby


12:40 - 1:40

Kathy Hessler Overview of Aquatic Law (1 Hour)

5 minute break


1:45 - 2:45 pm

Jessica Rubin
This session will describe Connecticut’s recent legislation called Desmond’s Law and the advocacy program built to implement it. Desmond’s Law allows courts to appoint volunteer advocates who advocate the interests of justice in animal cruelty cases.  The speaker will describe the historical trends in CT, the legislative process to create the law, and the cases in which the law is being used.  The law and program can be easily replicated by other states. (1 Hour)

5 minute break


2:50 - 3:50

Michael W. Schachtman & Vince Booth (panel)
- Case Study: New Orleans Bulldog Rescue v. LASPCA; Private Organizations and Public Functions: The Case for Transparency; Private Animal Shelters and Public Records
(1 Hour)

5 minute break


3:55 - 4:55 

Scott Galante and Lauren Bergeron Griffin (panel)
- Pet Custody: case study of their recent pet custody case, Moore vs. Knower, 214 So. 3d 165. (1 Hour)


Carter Dillard As Senior Policy Advisor for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Carter is focused on helping the organization develop its policies, strategic campaigns, legislative and litigation programs, and advocacy and academic partnerships. Driven by his belief that animal protection is a critical form of social justice, Carter dramatically expanded the Litigation Program’s capacity within just a few years by helping quadruple its number of filings, and achieving constitutional and anti-slapp precedent to protect activists, replacing negligent management at public shelters, ending systematic abuses at factory farms and hunting facilities, rescuing wildlife from multiple roadside zoos, improving standing for animal advocates and halting false advertising used to sell animal products. Carter also helped oversee ALDF’s first undercover investigations of factory farms.

In addition to his work with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Carter is the founder of HavingKids.org, an organization simultaneously protecting animals, children, and the environment by promoting a sustainable, human rights-based and child-centered family planning model.

Carter previously served as General Counsel for Compassion Over Killing and as Director of Farm Animal Litigation for the Humane Society of the United States. He began his career as an Honors Program appointee to the U.S. Department of Justice and later served as a legal advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the National Security Law Division. He has taught on the faculties or held appointments at University of Oxford, Lewis and Clark Law School, Emory University School of Law, and Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law. He holds a B.A. from Boston College, a J.D., Order of the Coif and with honors, from Emory University, and an LL.M. from New York University where he wrote his thesis—on a deeply theorized right to have children—under Jeremy Waldron. Carter has written a dozen articles, including peer-reviewed pieces, on animal protection and human population ethics.

Carter enjoys the great outdoors, running and surfing in the San Francisco bay area where he lives with his blind, one-eyed cat Mignon.

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.

Kathy Hessler is a clinical professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School. She is the first and only faculty member hired to teach animal law full time in a law school. She graduated with a J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary and received her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. After Law school, Professor Hessler worked at Legal Services of Northern Virginia.  From there she went to a teaching fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to teaching at Lewis & Clark, Professor Hessler taught in clinical programs at Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cornell Law School, the University of Dayton Law School, the Capital University School of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center.  In those clinics Professor Hessler worked on domestic relations, consumer, housing, transactional, public benefits, and other civil matters.

Professor Hessler was previously a board member with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and helped found the Animal Law Committee of the Cuyahoga County Bar. Additionally, she was the chair and a founder of the Animal Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) and the Balance in Legal Education Section.   She was also a co-chair of the Clinical Legal Education Section of the AALS and is on the board of the Center for Teaching Peace.

Professor Hessler co-authored (with Pamela Frasch and Megan Senatori) the amicus brief submitted in the U.S. v. Stevens case, on behalf of 45 law professors who teach animal law.  She also co-authored Animal Law in a Nutshell(with Pamela Frasch, Sarah Kutil, and Sonia Waisman) and has written numerous other law review and other articles and she is co-authoring a new books on animal law.

Professor Hessler has been teaching Animal Law courses since 2001, and animal law concepts as a part of nonviolence class offerings beginning in 1989. At Lewis & Clark, Professor Hessler is the faculty advisor to SALDF and Outlaw, coaches the animal law moot court teams, and has been an advisor to the Animal Law journal since 1998. Professor Hessler lectures widely on animal law and animal law education issues in the U.S. and internationally.  She also writes and lectures on alternative dispute resolution, First Amendment issues, and clinical legal education.

Jessica Rubin is the Director of the University of Connecticut’s Law School's Legal Practice Program, a rigorous and required program that teaches fundamental lawyering skills of Interviewing, counseling, negotiation, legal research and writing, and contract drafting.  Professor Rubin hosts negotiation competitions, and trains students to compete in national and international competitions.  She created and, in collaboration with UConn’s Business School, runs the annual UConn Business Law Negotiation Competition in which law students work with business students to negotiate deals.   

Professor Rubin teaches Animal Law and was instrumental in creating Desmond’s Law, which allows Connecticut courts to appoint advocates – law students under supervision - in animal cruelty cases.  She supervises students and appears in court to advocate for justice in cases of animal cruelty. Professor Rubin also teaches a course in U.S. common law analysis and writing for international students pursuing their LL.M. degrees. 

During the summers of 2013 and 2014, Rubin traveled to Bilgi University in Istanbul, where she taught United States law and legal writing for the Open Society Foundation, and in 2016, she taught in Seoul, South Korea.  In both locations, she supplemented her teaching activities with local stray animal rescue and relocation efforts. A member of the Connecticut and New York Bars and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Professor Rubin’s main areas of legal and scholarly interest include: practical skills instruction, with a focus on business transactional lawyering; writing and research instruction; and animal law, a subject about which she organized in partnership with the Connecticut Bar Association a recent on-campus symposium entitled, “Animal Cruelty: Legal Challenges and Potential Solutions.” She is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School.

Michael W. Schachtman serves as the Louisiana State Bar Associations’ Access to Justice Self-Represented Litigation Counsel working with Louisiana’s network of Self Help Resource Centers (SHRCs). He is responsible for working with Louisiana civil district courts and other interested partners to develop, implement and coordinate administration of court-based Self Help Resource Centers for litigants without attorneys. He works closely with local court officials, bar leadership, legal service providers, pro bono organizations, universities and various other partners to assess needs and to help design services that will improve access to the justice system for financially disadvantaged and other self-represented litigants. Additionally, he works with the access to justice director on other projects as necessary. Michael joined the staff in April 2012.

Mr. Schachtman founded the non-profit New Orleans Bulldog Rescue organization dedicated to animal welfare, public education, and the rescue of “bully breed” dogs in Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast. He also formed the “Bully Care Brigade” hospital/school/care center visitation program and established the “Safe Haven Program” to temporarily care for pets of domestic 
violence victims in transitional housing. Mr. Schachtman assisted the New Orleans City Council with revisions to municipal ordinances 
regarding “dangerous dogs,” breed-specific legislation, leash laws, and other local 
animal welfare issues. He has raised over $200,000 to support organization activities (primarily veterinary costs) and established the “Canine Aid & Pleasure Club” to support organization activities 
through social events. 

Mr. Schachtman earned his J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2011 and his B.A. in Political Science/Religion from George Washington University

Vince Booth is attorney at Booth and Booth, PLC where he practices Business and Commercial Law, Employment Law, Family and Domestic Law, Will and Succesions, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death and Criminal Defense. Mr. Booth received his J.D. from Tulane University School of Law and his B.S. from Northeast Louisiana University.

Scott Galante is the managing partner of Galante & Bivalacqua, and is a trial lawyer who has spent his entire legal career litigating on behalf of injured plaintiffs. From an early age, Scott felt a strong desire to help people. His legal work is an extension of this natural inclination to do good for others whenever possible. He has dedicated his career to helping injured people who have been unjustly harmed and need help navigating the intricacies of our legal system.  He has secured multi-million dollar recoveries for mesothelioma victims and has helped countless others dealing with catastrophic injuries obtain the compensation they require and deserve.
After earning his philosophy degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1994, Scott attended law school at Tulane University School of Law. During his time at Tulane, Scott served as an Administrative Justice on the school’s Moot Court Board, where he first developed his passion for litigation. He was also honored as Tulane’s 1998 Moot Court Junior Appellate champion. Additionally, he served as a practicing student attorney in the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic from 1999 to 2000. This is experience he has put to good use as a member of one of Louisiana’s foremost admiralty legal teams.
Scott has been teaching as an adjunct member of Tulane’s Trial Advocacy Faculty since 2005 and he has been Co-Director of the Fall Trial Advocacy program since 2015.  Additionally, he lectures annually to Tulane Law Students enrolled in a Toxic Tort Seminar in regards to Asbestos litigation and toxic torts generally.  Finally, Scott has presented on a number of CLE panels including those relating to the role (and avoidance) of the media in litigation.
Scott and his wife Beth are in the employ of Etta and James, the two cats who rescued them.

Lauren Bergeron Griffin, an associate at Galante & Bivalacqua, LLC, is a civil litigation attorney who focuses primarily on real estate, property disputes, contract disputes, successions, animal law, and toxic torts.  Lauren has an extensive background in real estate, particularly in landlord tenant laws, historic tax credits, and resolution of property violations with the City of New Orleans. 

Lauren is people-oriented and enjoys communicating with and assisting her clients.  She has been working at Galante & Bivalacqua since finishing her first year of law school and already has a demonstrated track record in a variety of areas of litigation, including property law and animal law.

Lauren graduated from Louisiana State University in 2012 where she earned a B.A. in Public Relations with a Minor in Business Administration.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2016 and is admitted to practice before all courts, both federal and state, in Louisiana.  Additionally, she is a member of the St. Thomas Moore Inn of Court, American Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association.