Georgia Animal Law Conference

State Bar of Georgia
104 Marietta Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

 

7 CE hours (2 LEAP CE hours) for veterinarians and veterinary technicians 

Conference Will Feature

  • Continuing Education Credits
  • Informative workshops for members of the legal, enforcement & nonprofit shelter operations
  • Georgia specific training
  • Industry practice standards
  • Informative seminar presentations
  • Keynote speakers
  • Networking opportunities

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Agenda

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM - Onsite Registration (Space Permitting)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome and Announcements, Introduction to Animal Law Source,Claudine Wilkins and Jessica Rock, Attorneys, Founders of Animal Law Source and animallawsource.org

  • Website introduction - resource for Georgia professionals and the public related to Animal Law & Enforcement
  • Navigating through site, cases, case law, tool kits, webinars and more
  • Cost of Care Law
  • Animalsheltersource.org

Animal Law Overview, Claudine Wilkins and Jessica Rock, Attorneys

  • Types of animal cases and the courts that hear those cases
  • Ordinances, misdemeanors, felonies, & regulations
  • Difference between Animal Laws located under Title 4 and Title 16
  • The role of a Regulatory Agency - Department of Agriculture, Companion Animal Division

KEYNOTE – Coordinating a Community Response to Animal Abuse: How All Professions Need to Work Together to be Successful, Mike Arms, President and CEO of the Helen Woodward Animal Center

 

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

From Call to Conviction, Best Practices for Cases Involving an Animal, Presented by a panel which includes a prosecutor, law enforcement, animal control, Department of Agriculture inspector, veterinarian and other experts  

  • Roles of prosecutors, police, animal control, veterinarians, shelter and rescues in animal cases
  • Animal cruelty investigation and prosecution – determining appropriate charges
  • Catching, impound, forensics, and determining cruelty
  • Duties including reporting abuse, capturing, controlling animals, evidence collecting, sharing evidence with GA DOA, keeping and disposing of animals
  • Basics of legal procedures including cruelty prosecutions
  • Coordinated response to animal cases – Prosecutors, ACOs, LEOs, Vets, Shelters
  • Other agencies that may be or need to be involved
  • Public relations, dealing with media 
  • Impound considerations, disposal actions, relinquishment & euthanasia considerations
  • Preparing for court, investigations, report writing, knowing your report, names, places, timeline, your resume
  • Veterinarian exam reports and necropsies
  • Establishing venue
  • Courtroom demeanor – addressing the court
  • Direct and cross examination
  • Experts in the case, veterinarians & vet techs, dog trainers, dog bite experts
  • Surviving defense tactics
  • Closing arguments
  • Recommending a sentence
  • Fines, jail time and restitution 
  • Probation and special conditions 
  • Recidivism
  • Cost of care law

10:40 AM to 11:35 PM (Breakout sessions)

Gangs In Georgia, Part I – Identifying the problem, Prevention, Investigating, Prosecuting, Sentencing, and Connection with Animal Abuse, Atlanta Police Department Gang Unit

Identifying & Reporting Animal Cruelty, Addressing Trial Issues in Animal Cases, For Veterinarians, Gloria Dorsey, DVM, MPH Vice President of Community Education & Advocacy, Claudine Wilkins and Jessica Rock, Attorneys, Founders of Animal Law Source and animallawsource.org

The Future of Sheltering and Rescue: The Dos and Donts We’ve Learned From the Past and How to Conduct Yourself on Social Media, Mike Arms, President and CEO of the Helen Woodward Animal Center

 

11:40 AM to 12:35 PM (Breakout sessions)

Gangs Part II, Method of Operation: The Use of Animals for Security, Financial Gain, Image and Initiation, Atlanta Police Department Gang Unit (11:40 to 12:15)

Large Animal Cases, Everyone’s Role in a Case, Impound, Euthanasia in the field, Other Agencies to Contact, Rebecca Gimenez, PhD, BS Animal Physiology, President of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Author, Technical Large Animal Rescue (12:15 to 12:35)  

Legal Issues at Vet Clinics, Don Riddick, JD,Managing Member, Benning Animal Hospital, LLC

Reporting Diseases, Legal and Regulatory Requirements for Georgia, Lessons for Shelters Today from Veterinary Medicine during the American Civil, Mary-Elizabeth Ellard, MS, DVM, Graduate Certificate Shelter Medicine

 

12:35 PM to 1:35 PMLunch in the Auditorium 

KEYNOTE - Victoria Stilwell, VSPDT, APDT, IAABC Certified,Celebrity Dog Trainer and Behavior Expert, Bestselling Author and Founder of Positively, Inc.

1:35 PM to 2:30 PM (Breakout sessions)

The Connection Between Child Sex Crimes and Sex Crimes Involving Animals, Investigating, Forensics and Prosecuting, Everyone’s Role in a Case, Chris Schindler, Deputy Manager of Animal Fighting Investigations at The Humane Society of the United States 

Veterinary Forensics, Part I, Dr. Doris M. Miller DVM, PhD, DACVP, Professor, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, contributing author to Veterinary Forensics

  • Prosecutors, judges, police, animal control, shelter staff and vets – what you need to know
  • Importance of prosecutors understanding the necropsy before drafting charges in animal cruelty cases
  • Animal cruelty investigations
  • Expert testimony
  • Legislation Update, Claudine Wilkins and Jessica Rock, Attorneys and Founders of Animal Law Source

Plenary Session with Mike Arms, President and CEO of the Helen Woodward Animal Center


2:35 PM to 3:25 PM (Breakout sessions)

Legislation Update and Creating an Animal Task Force in Your County/City, Claudine Wilkins and Jessica Rock, Attorneys and Founders of Animal Law Source

  • Engaging all organizations/entities within your county to establish a task force
  • Structure and operations of a task force
  • Public relations and community benefits
  • Cost benefits
  • Cost of Care Law

Veterinary Forensics Part II, Dr. Doris M. Miller DVM, PhD, DACVP, Professor, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, contributing author to Veterinary Forensics

  • Prosecutors, judges, police, animal control, shelter staff and vets – what you need to know
  • Importance of prosecutors understanding the necropsy before drafting charges in animal cruelty cases
  • Animal cruelty investigations
  • Expert testimony

Dangerous Dog Issues, How to Turn Around an Aggressive Dog, Q & A, Victoria Stilwell, VSPDT, APDT, IAABC Certified,Celebrity Dog Trainer and Behavior Expert, Bestselling Author and Founder of Positively, Inc.

 

3:35 PM to 4:30

Mock Trial of an Animal Cruelty Case, AJudge, Sherwin Figueroa, Assistant District Attorney, Fulton County, Steve Hammond, Cobb County Police, Edward Furr, Attorney

  • Experience a simulated case based on a real Georgia Animal Cruelty Case from the perspective of a Judge, Prosecutor, Investigator, and a Defense Attorney
  • Very important session for everyone because it will allow you to see the inner-workings of an animal case in court  

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Hotel Information

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites
111 Cone Street N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303

To make a reservation:
1. Call - 1-800-HOLIDAY, request this hotel first, and then give code: ALS to get the special rate
2. Visit www.holidayinn.com, request this hotel first and then put ALS in the box marked Group Code to get the special rate
3. Call the hotel directly at 404-524-7000 and request code ALS to get the special rate

Each person will make their own reservations, pay their own charges and there is a 72 hour notice of cancellation on these rooms and valet parking is $25.00 per car, per day.

Home 2 Suites By Hilton

87 Walton Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
$179.00 (plus taxes and fees) Book by 2/13/17 to get the
Animal Law Source discounted rate (code ALS)
To book, call hotel at (404) 965-7992

The Glenn Hotel

A Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel
110 Marietta Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Additional $32 per day valet
parking fee at the hotel.
Cost per night is $219.00 (plus taxes and fees). Book by 2/28/16 to get rate

Transportation/Parking

Parking at the Conference Center is $5 per day if you arrive before 9:00 am and $10 per day if you arrive after 9:00 am. If you are able to utilize MARTA or other options, we strongly suggest you do so. The Bar Center is conveniently located between the CNN Center station and the Five Points station.

Questions?

Contact us at info@animallawsource.org

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