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Animals and the Law

Legal issues with animals occur in several arenas: housing, real estate, health, agriculture and business, to name only a few.  Attorneys have only recently begun practices that include animal law, which makes it one of the more exciting fields of law. This website provides information for Committee members, attorneys and members of the public who have an interest in the growing field of animal law.

This Committee was originally conceived by the late Lorraine Power Tharp, past president of the Association, who wanted to highlight the growing field of Animals and the Law and to educate the profession, specifically the membership, about the issues that arise in the law in relation to animals.


Mission Statement

The Committee on Animals and the Law is a resource for Members and the Public about non-human, animal related legal matters and associated humane considerations. Among the activities of the group, Committee Members: (a) monitor and provide comment on relevant legislation and policy-making decisions at various levels of government; (b) offer continuing legal education as well as programs for the lay public on animal law; (c) compile and provide information and resources on animal law and other associated humane considerations to the public via access to the NYSBA website and printed materials; (d) respond to requests for information from the public and attorneys related to animal law issues; and (e) encourage law student interest in animal law by various means including sponsoring a legal writing competition for law students.

The Committee ascertains the needs and interests of NYSBA members and their constituents with respect to animal humane-related issues and develops programs to disseminate resource information to address those needs and interests. Where appropriate, the Committee solicits expertise and assistance of NYSBA committees and sections whose Members and Constituents are affected by these humane-related issues.

To maximize effectiveness, the Committee invites participation by professionals in animal health care, animal welfare, wildlife conservation, animal behavior, and other related fields in animal-law and humane-related work, such as veterinarians, biologists, educators, humane law enforcement officers and non-attorney government officials.

Third Revision as of January 27, 2011
Second Revision as of January 6, 2009
First Revision as of June 21, 2007

Online Community

Committee Roster

Ms. June M. Castellano, Esq.

Ms. Marne L. Onderdonk, Esq.

Executive Committee Liaison

Mrs. Kimberly Francis

Nysba Staff Liaison

NYSBA

Bridget Barry

Mailing Purposes Only

Rachel Bronson

Mailing Purposes Only

Ms. Helen C. LeBrecht, Esq.

Mr. Leonard M. Wasserman

Mr. Joshua Reuven Katz

Mr. Eddie B. Eckaus II

Ms. Merrie Jeanne Webel

Ms. Alyssa Heather Solarsh, Esq.

Ms. Jaclyn Maree Cahill, Esq.

Ms. Gabriela E. Wolfe, Esq.

Phillips Lytle LLP

Mr. Robert J. Olejar, Esq.

Ms. Kimberly Ann Livingstone, Esq.

Jim Shih-Chun Hou

Ms. Kathleen A. Carlsson, Esq.

Debra A. Vey Voda-Hamilton, Esq.

Ms. Lisa M. Cobb, Esq.

Jack Fein

Ms. Nancy J. Volin, Esq.

Ms. Bari Wolf, Esq.

Ms. Molly Armus, Esq.

Mr. Kirk Passamonti, Esq.

Ms. Carol K. Morgan

Ms. Charis B. Nick-Torok, Esq.

Christopher Palmese, Esq.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Ms. Stacey Tranchina, Esq.

Ms. Barbara J. Ahern, Esq.

Ms. Rebecca M. Graham, Esq.

Mailing Purposes Only

Mr. James F. Gesualdi, Esq.

Ms. Fiona S. Farrell, Esq.

Mailing Purposes Only

Ms. Amy M. Pontillo, Esq.

Chair

Mr. Daniel Gershburg, Esq.

Mailing Purposes Only

Mrs. Ashlee K. Cartwright, Esq.

Vice-Chair

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