The 2017 Animal Law Institute will take place on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 8am at the Texas Law Center in Austin.

8-8:30 am The Link Between Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence (0.5 ethics) Genie Wright & Susan Skinner
8:30-9 am Dangerous Dog Litigation: Who is the client? (0.5) Dawn Reveley
9-10 am Animal Crimes Investigations: From the Report to the Prosecution (1.0) Sally Hernandez and Charles Jantzen
10-10:15 am Break
10:15-11:45 am Defending Dangerous Dog Cases (1.5) Melissa Lesniak, Eric Torberson, and Don Feare
11:45 am-12:45 pm Lunch-time Keynote: Senator Kirk Watson “Practitioners: Opportunities & Income” (0.75)
12:45-1:45 pm The Evolution of Animal Cruelty Prosecution in Houston and Dallas (1.0) Felicia Kerney & Belinda Smith
1:45-2:15 pm Prosecuting Civil Seizure (0.5) Don Feare
2:15-2:30 pm Break
2:30-3:30 pm What to Expect from your Forensic Veterinarian (1.0) Melinda Merck
3:30-4:15 pm Service, Assistance, and Emotional Support Animals (0.75) Randy Turner
4:15-5 pm Civil Animal Matters (0.75) Brandy M. Austin & Jill R. Warren


Join the Section for a happy hour following the Institute at the bar at the Double Tree, 303 W 15th St, Austin, TX 78701.

The Institute has been approved for 8.25 hours of: MCLE credit; Texas Board of Legal Specialization credit in the areas of Civil Appellate Law, Civil Trial Law, Criminal Appellate Law, and Criminal Law; Texas Veterinary Medical Association continuing education credits; and ACO credit. The Institute also is eligible for TCOLE credit.