January 29, 2018

Conference to highlight advancement in animal law

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Southern Illinois School of Law is among the sponsors of next month’s Illinois Animal Law Conference, which focuses on animal law updates important to communities, attorneys and pet owners.

The conference is from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 9, in SIU Carbondale’s Hiram H. Lesar Law Building.

The eight sessions include a discussion about the latest laws and practices in natural disaster response and the lessons learned from 2017 hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Another panel will focus on the evolution of laws that regulate and control feral cats, while the third morning panel will examine changing laws regarding the use of assistance animals.

Other panel discussions will highlight Illinois’ new requirement that pet well-being be taken into consideration in divorce proceedings and developments in farm animal protection. Additional information, including the agenda and panel topics, registration details and profiles of speakers, is available on the Illinois State Bar Association website. 

Attendance is open to attorneys, who can earn 8.5 continuing legal credit hours, and the public. Registration fees are $25 through Feb. 2 and $40 beginning on Feb. 3. Online registration is available. There is no charge for SIU students to attend but they need to register by email jharris@isba.org

The conference is presented by the ISBA Animal Law Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Standing Committee on Disability Law. Financial support from The Brooks McCormick Jr. Trust for Animal Rights Law and Policy and the Best Friends Animal Society make the conference possible.