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A Day on Animals (WP)

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Ag-gag laws and factory farming. Carriage horses and captive exotics. The Pace Law chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is teaming up with law schools to host the New York Animal Law Symposium 2015 on April 16.

Spend your Saturday, April 18, with law professionals, law students, and animal lovers and protectors as the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters of Pace Law School, CUNY Law School, Columbia Law School, Yale Law School, and Brooklyn Law School team up to host a full-day animal law symposium at Pace Law School. The main topic of the symposium is Ag-Gag Laws and Factory Farming, with many panels related to various aspects of this topic. In addition, there will be a bonus "Hot Topics in New York" panel, which will include presentations about Carriage Horses and Captive Exotics.


8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.: Registration

9:00 a.m.–9:20 a.m.: Welcome and Opening Remarks: Angie D'Agostino, Dean of Students, Pace Law School

9:30 a.m.–10:50 a.m.: Environmental Impacts of Factory Farming
>>Edita Birnkrant, Campaigns Director, Friends of Animals
>>Daniel Estrin, Supervising Attorney, Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic
Sponsored by Pace Law School SALDF
Moderated by Kayla Kutzer

11:00 a.m.–12:20 p.m.: Importance of Veganism
>>Demo Maratos, Communications Director, The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
>>Robin Helfritch, Director, Open the Cages Alliance
>>Samantha Pachirat, National Director of Education and Partner Relations, Farm Sanctuary
Sponsored by CUNY Law SALDF
Moderated by Yamina-Sarah Chekroun

12:20 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: Lunch

1:30 p.m.–2:50 p.m.: Ag-gag Impacts: Beyond Animal Protection
>>Justin Marceau, Of Counsel, ALDF
>>T.J. Tumasse, Manager of Investigations, ALDF
Sponsored by Yale Law School SALDF
Moderated by Irina Anta

1:30 p.m.–2:50 p.m.: International Farm Animal Protection
>>David Cassuto, Professor of Law, Pace Law School and ALDF Board Member
>>Priya Motupalli, Animal Welfare Scientist, World Animal Protection
Sponsored by Columbia Law SALDF
Moderated by Melanie Scheible

2:50 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Break

3:00 p.m.–4:20 p.m.: Current Trends in Ag-gag
>>Chris Green, Director of Legislative Affairs, ALDF
>>Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey State Director, HSUS
>>Chloe Waterman, Senior Manager for State Legislative Strategy, ASPCA
Sponsored by NYU School of Law SALDF
Moderated by Lydia Cohen Harris

3:00 p.m.–4:20 p.m.: Animal Protection Improvements in Factory Farming
>>Stacey Evans, Member of the USDA Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health and ALDF Board Member
>>Suzanne McMillan, Content Director, Farm Animal Welfare Campaign, ASPCA
>>David Wolfson, Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Sponsored by Brooklyn Law School SALDF
Moderated by David Karopkin

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.: Hot Topics in New York
>>Jeff Pierce, Litigation Fellow, ALDF
>>Carney Anne Nasser, Legislative Counsel, ALDF
Moderated by Cardozo SALDF

5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.: Reception

Schedule may be subject to change. Please check the SALDF Facebook event page for the most up to date information about panels and speakers.

To purchase $10 student tickets to the symposium, click here.