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Animal Law Section of the LSBA's
6th Annual CLE

"Lawyers, Tigers & Dogs, Oh My!"

7 CLE Credit Hours



114 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Coffee & Tea provided throughout the day.

Pastries and Muffins provided by:

Lunch provided by:
Whole Foods

Valet: The valet is $20 overnight, $15 for 4 to 8 hours and $10 0-4 hours. Please remind the valet you are with the conference when dropping off/picking up.

Due to weather conditions affecting our speakers the schedule has been revised as follows:


8:00 to 8:30 am: Registration



Delcianna Winders & Rachel Matthews
 Protecting Animals, Protecting Workers: Making Occupational Health and Safety Work for Animals (30 minutes);  Carney Anne Small “Welcome to the Jungle: Navigating the Changing Legal Landscape For Tigers & Big Cats” (30 minutes)

5 minute break


9:35 - 10:35

Fredrick Kray An overview of dangerous dog trials and breed discrimination laws (1 Hour)

5 minute break


10:40 - 11:40

Panel: Daina Bray, Diane Balkin, Marcy LaHart, Moderated by: Yolanda Eisenstein Careers in Animal Law (1 Hour)

11:40 -12:40

LUNCH - Provided in the Hotel Lobby


12:40 - 1:40

Chris Green

- Factory Farm litigation; Current “Ag-Gag” cases and issues therein.

5 minute break


1:45 - 2:45

Pet Custody Issues: Susan Laporte What to do when someone else claims your pet is theirs? Tortoise Case (30 minutes); Marcy LaHart Sample custody cases and practice tips. (30 minutes)

5 minute break


2:50 - 3:50

Marcy LaHart
 An animal lawyer in practice …Representative cases: war stories in the courtroom and beyond… (1 Hour)


3:55- 4:55

arney Anne Small, General Overview of current legislation and cases  (30 minutes); Julia Breaux: Recent animal law legislation (30 minutes)


Fred M. Kray, is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Florida since 1977. He is AV rated in Martindale Hubbell and is an Adjunct Professor of Animal Law, has lectured the Florida Bar on veterinary malpractice and the practice of animal law.  He has tried over 75 civil jury trials to verdict throughout Florida.  Co-counsel in Criscuolo v. Grant County, he has successfully litigated against Breed Specific Legislation.  Formerly Board Certified in Civil Law, he has recently co-authored "Defending Dangerous Dogs" for American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts; 

Marcy LaHart is a solo practitioner in Gainesville, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida in 1989. She received her J.D. from the University Of Oregon School of Law in May of 1992. Ms. LaHart handles a variety of animal related litigation, including pet custody matters, veterinary malpractice, dangerous dog cases and issues related to assistance animals in no-pets housing. Ms. LaHart obtained the state's largest verdict for wrongful death of a companion animal and taught animal law for three years at the University of Miami before moving to Gainesville in 2009;

Daina Bray is Manager of Corporate & Legal Affairs at the International Fund for Animal Welfare ("IFAW"), an international non-profit organization with offices in 13 countries and projects in more than 40 countries.  As IFAW's in-house lawyer, Daina works on a variety of legal issues relating to IFAW's efforts to rescue and protect animals around the world.  Prior to joining IFAW, Daina practiced litigation and international arbitration with private law firms in New York, North Carolina and Louisiana.  Daina received her JD from Stanford Law School, with pro bono distinction, and her BA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar.  Daina is a Vice Chair of the Animal Law Committee of the American Bar Association and a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association Animal Law Section;

Diane Balkin is a contract attorney for ALDF’s Criminal Justice Program. She began her career as a prosecutor in the Denver District Attorney’s Office in 1979, where she has worked for the last 32 years. When she retired from the DA’s office on July 15, 2011, Diane was the Chief Deputy District Attorney (trial attorney) where she prosecuted all types of felonies (including homicides) and supervised a team of junior lawyers and support staff. Diane also served as the “animal crimes” prosecutor in her office where she demonstrated time and time again her commitment to ensuring both an effective investigation and an aggressive prosecution of every animal cruelty case within her jurisdiction. Prior to becoming Chief Deputy, Diane served as the director of the Complex Prosecution Division where she was the legal advisor to the Denver County Statutory Grand Jury and she supervised the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed against the elderly. She has also served as the director of the Juvenile Division and the Domestic Violence Unit. Diane was appointed to the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine in June 2001 and served on the Board for 8 years. She received her J.D. in 1977 from the University of Denver and is a nationally ranked lecturer on animal cruelty investigations and prosecutions with a strong emphasis on training veterinarians;

Yolanda Eisenstein is the principal attorney at Eisenstein Law Office a firm dedicated to the practice of animal law. She is also an adjunct professor in Animal Law at SMU Dedman School of Law and a former legal director of Human Rights Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal services to victims of international human rights abuses. Ms. Eisenstein is licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico. She is a member of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Animal Law Section, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Dallas Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas Animal Law Section. She volunteers for the Texas Humane Legislation Network. Ms. Eisenstein earned her J.D. at SMU Dedman School of Law, cum laude and her B.A. in Arts and Humanities, magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has written numerous animal law related articles including, The International Black Market in Puppies, Winter 2009 ABA TIPS Animal Law Committee Newsletter; Your Furry Friends and the Law, Texas Bar Journal, July 2008; Starting an Animal Law Practice, State Bar of Texas Animal Law Section 2008, Animal Law Institute, The Link between Animal Abuse and Family Violence,Continuing Legal Education to Dallas lawyers; Human Violence and Animal Abuse, presentation to Dallas Law Enforcement and Texas Legislative Update, Texas Animal Control Association, 2007;

Delcianna Winders As deputy general counsel for the PETA Foundation, attorney Delcianna Winders oversees a division that works with law-enforcement agencies to ensure that they are doing everything in their power to afford captive wild animals—particularly those confined to roadside zoos and used by circuses, such as elephants, big cats, and bears—the legal protections that they're entitled to by law. She also deals with administrative law at the state and federal levels to establish animal-protection regulations and files lawsuits in behalf of abused animals. In addition to her position at the PETA Foundation, Winders has taught animal law at Tulane University Law School and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She has also written several articles about animal law for various legal publications and given presentations at many conferences and top law schools. Winders has been interviewed by numerous major news outlets, including the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, Agence France-Presse, U.S.A. Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine as one of "Six Women Who Dare.";

Rachel Mathews is counsel with the PETA Foundation’s Captive Animal Law Enforcement department, where her practice focuses on elephants and other exotic animals used for entertainment. Prior to joining PETA, Rachel worked on farmed animal policy at the Animal Welfare Institute, and completed clerkships with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Farm Sanctuary, and Earthjustice. She received a B.A. magna cum laude from the College of William and Mary, and received her J.D. cum laude and a certificate in environmental law from Tulane University Law School. At Tulane, Rachel worked in the Civil Litigation Clinic, was President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund as well as Notes and Comments editor of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, and volunteered with the Public Interest Law Foundation. Rachel is a member of the Virginia State Bar;

Carney Anne Small is legislative counsel for the Animal Legal Defense fund where she provides support for ALDF’s Legislative Affairs program by helping to develop legislative strategy and tactical responses to local, state, and federal laws that impact animals. She is also responsible for mobilizing Student ALDF (SALDF) chapters to support ALDF’s legislative efforts in North America. She draws on her professional expertise to provide in-house counsel on regulatory matters, legislative policy, and trends in animal law. This expertise includes ten years of litigation work in private practice, government, and the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she served four years as litigation counsel for the PETA Foundation’s Captive Animal Law Enforcement department. In this capacity, Carney Anne played a key role in the rescue of Ben the bear—a joint legal initiative of ALDF and PETA–from a North Carolina roadside zoo and in his transfer to the PAWS animal sanctuary, where he now lives out his remaining years. Prior to joining to ALDF, Carney Anne graduated from U.C. San Diego with a B.A. in political science and holds a J.D. from Tulane University, where she served as editor of The Sports Lawyer’s Journal. She also holds a graduate degree in community advocacy from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. In addition to her work at ALDF, Carney Anne is an adjunct lecturer at Tulane, where she teaches a seminar in animal law. She has served on the board of directors for the Humane Society of Louisiana and is a member of the ABA TIPS Animal Law Committee, the Texas Animal Law Committee, and previously served as the co-chair of the Animal Welfare Committee for the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. Carney Anne is a recognized speaker on the national circuit and has served as national and international media spokesperson on a wide range of animal protection issues. She has been interviewed and recognized on outlets including CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox, the Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, NPR, and has been quoted in numerous international media outlets;

Chris Green serves as the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) director of Legislative Affairs. Chris graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of Illinois. In 2004, he published a groundbreaking article titled The Future of Veterinary Malpractice Liability in the Care of Companion Animals, in the Animal Law Review. The article was the first to calculate the economics of veterinary malpractice insurance, strongly supporting the argument of awarding damages beyond a companion animal’s replacement cost or “fair market value. A founding Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee, Chris has served on the Board of the National Center for Animal Law, acted as an advisor to the National Canine Research Council, and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association and Illinois Farm Bureau.  Chris’s research also led to him being an invited member of the California Veterinary Medical Association’s Non-Economic Recovery Task Force, and an advisor to members of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Task Force on the Legal Status of Animals.
Chris has consulted on animal legal issues for CBS News, Dateline NBC, Science Magazine, Smart Money Magazine, Chicago Tribune, and Washington Post. He contributed a section on liability issues for the book Vet Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Protecting Your Pet’s Health, and frequently lectures on animal valuation and exotic animal ownership at law schools and veterinary colleges around the country. Next year, Chris will serve as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee during its 10th Anniversary term; and

Susan Laporte is a partner at the New Orleans location of Curry & Friend, PLC. Her practice areas include environmental litigation, toxic tort defense, environmental regulation, naturally occurring radioactive material, oil and gas law and asbestos. Ms. Laporte obtained her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law (cum laude) in 1989. She is also fluent in French.