Recent NAVS Seminars, Topics, and Guests
2008 – Companion-Animal Hoarding Seminar, with DePaul University
This conference focused on investigating animal hoarders and on examining appropriate remedies. It brought together key participants in law enforcement, humane societies, animal control, mental health and the veterinary community. Speakers were: Bruce Wagman, Partner at Schiff Hardin and Chief Outside Litigation Counsel, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Scott Heiser, Senior Attorney and Criminal Justice Program Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Kelli Ferris, DVM, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine, Jennifer Cifaldi, Assistant State's Attorney, Adams County, Illinois, Colin Berry, Director of Innovations, The Humane Society of the United States, Dr. Stephanie LaFarge, Psychologist and Senior Director of Counseling Services, ASPCA, and Christine Portmann, Animal Control Officer, Humane Society of Missouri.
2008 – Animal Law: It’s Not Just Cats and Dogs, with CBA Animal Law Committee
This seminar featured discussions of topics outside of the common cat and dog issues, including animals use in scientific research, entertainment, wildlife and agriculture. Speakers included: Dr. Alka Chandna, Ph.D., Senior Researcher for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Jami LoVullo, Animal Safety Representative and Humane Officer for the American Humane Association, Timothy J. Santel, Resident Agent in Charge (Indiana - Illinois - Missouri) for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Law Enforcement, and Amy Breyer, a Chicago-based attorney with a private practice in Animal Law.
2007 – Passing Animal Legislation: An Insider’s View,with DePaul University
This seminar explored effective advocacy in the promotion of animal protective legislation, and brought together legislators at the state, county and municipal level to share information about how to work with elected officials in passing animal protection ordinances and laws. Panel featured: Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley, Chicago Alderman Joe Moore, and Ledy Van Kavage, Senior Director of Legal Affairs and Training for the ASPCA.
2007 – Professor Bernard E. Rollin at the Harold Washington Library, discussing his new book, Science and Ethics, with John Marshall School of Law
Dr. Rollin, a Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, and Director of Bioethical Planning at Colorado State University, has consulted for government agencies in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia on the issue of animal research and agricultural regulations. He also developed and taught the first course ever offered in veterinary medical ethics. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Foundation for Ethical Research.
2007 – How Much is Fido/Fluffy Worth? Animal Valuation Issues Raised by the Pet-Food Recall and Other Litigation, with DePaul University
This seminar focused on the valuation of pets—economic and non-economic damages for tortuous destruction of companion animals. Speakers included Victor Schwartz, attorney and co-author of the nation’s leading torts casebook, Prosser, Wade & Schwartz’s Torts, as well co-author of a Pepperdine Law Review article, ”Non-Economic Damages in Pet Litigation: The Serious Need to Preserve a Rational Rule, Chris Green, attorney, animal advocate, and author of Animal Law Review article, The Future of Veterinary Malpractice Liability in the Care of Companion Animals, and Margit Livingston, DePaul University College of Law Professor, author of, The Calculus of Animal Valuation: Crafting a Viable Remedy, the Nebraska Law Review.
2006 – Punishment and Sentencing of Animal Abusers, with DePaul University
The featured speakers, Judge Michael Cicconetti, a Painesville, Ohio, Municipal Court Judge and President of the American Judges Association, Steve Kaufman, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania, and Dana Campbell, managing senior attorney with the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s criminal cruelty division, spoke of nationwide trends in animal cruelty prosecutions and convictions.
2006 – The Chicago Dog, with the CBA Animal Law Committee
This seminar took a practical approach to the major issues confronting people and their companion animals in the city, such as Housing, Breed Specific Legislation, Estate Planning and Custody and Veterinary Malpractice. Speakers included Rebecca J. Huss, Professor, Valparaiso University School of Law, Author, "No Pets Allowed: Housing Issues and Companion Animals," Ledy Van Kavage, Senior Director of Legal Training & Legislation, National Outreach, ASPCA, Lin Hanson, Partner, DiMonte & Lizak, LLC;