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The HSUS, Georgetown Law Host Animal Law Conference

The Humane Society of the United States

WASHINGTON — On Friday, The Humane Society of the United States and Georgetown University Law Center will host a conference on animal law – From the Horse's Mouth: Firsthand Perspectives on Animals, Law, and Policy in the United States.

Experts in the field of animal law will lead a series of discussions among key elected officials, judges, law enforcement officers, agency officials, veterinarians, economists and other policy-makers to explore how professionals outside the field of animal law address legal issues affecting animals in everyday practice. 

"With Americans spending over $40 billion a year on their animals, and an increasing number of high-profile animal cases making headlines, the time has come for nearly every legal professional to grapple with animal law issues in one form or another," said Jonathan Lovvorn, vice president and chief counsel for animal protection litigation at The HSUS and adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law. "This program presents a rare opportunity for animal protection advocates to spend a day listening to what the nation's top decision-makers have to say about this rapidly expanding area of public interest law."

Confirmed speakers include, among others:

  • Dean T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Daniel Barnett, Chief, Criminal Division, Office of the Maryland Attorney General
  • Thomas J. Bondurant, Jr., Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Virginia
  • Thomas Farrow, retired Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Bernadette Juarez, Deputy Director, APHIS, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Judge Lawrence E. Kahn, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • Judge Gladys Kessler, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La.
  • Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va.
  • Robert P. Martin, Senior Officer, Pew Environment Group
  • Dr. Jeffrey Smith, former President, California Veterinary Medical Association
  • Professor David Vladeck, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Connie Harriman-Whitfield, former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky.

Location: Georgetown University Law Center, McDonough Hall - Hart Auditorium, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.  20001

The conference is presented in partnership between Georgetown Law and The Humane Society of the United States, with the generous support of Bob Barker, the Glaser Progress Foundation and Hayward Richard Pressman (Georgetown Law '66).

More information at law.georgetown.edu/cle/showEventDetail.cfm?ID=204.


The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org.