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The Emerging Practice Of Animal Law (2012)

The Emerging Practice Of Animal Law (2012)

The Emerging Practice of Animal Law: A Practical Guide to Basics and Beyond | Video Archive

Sponsored by theCommittee on Animalsand the Law

3.5 MCLE Credits(3.5 professional practice)


  • Amy Lynn Chaitoff, Esq., Chaitoff Law, Bayport


  • Amy M. Eisenberg, Esq., Johnson & Cohen, LLP, Pearl River

Program Description

This program will provide attendees with a practical approach to incorporating the most common animal related issues animal law practitioners face every day into one's existing practice, as well as provide invaluable tips and advice for the seasoned practitioner. The program will also provide an in depth analysis of not for profit corporations law, with particular focus on forming and advising animal related organizations. Among the topics to be addressed are state and federal filings of not for profits; tax implications; different types of not for profit corporations; do's and don'ts of formation and bylaws; obligations of Board of Directors; and much more!


Gregory M. Dennis, Esq.actively represents veterinarians in Kansas and Missouri and is commonly consulted by attorneys throughout the United States and from other countries on legalsubjects pertaining to veterinary medicine. He is actively engaged in the practice of law in a wide and diverse range of legal subjects including extensive involvement and experience in veterinary medical and animal law. Mr. Dennis is extensively published and has presented more than 180 articles and presentations on veterinary law and animal law.

  • Veterinary Malpractice Law From 1369 To Today
    Presented by a nationally renowned expert in the field of veterinary malpractice litigation, this session will give an in-depth review of Standards of Care; Causation, Burden of Proof; Claims; Damages; Statutes of Limitation Veterinary vs. Human; Professional vs. Ordinary Negligence; Negligence Per Se; Expert Testimony; Who may Testify as an Expert; Common Knowledge Exception; ConsentInformed or Owner; Comparative Fault; Negligent vs. Intentional Tort; Injuries to Humans; Emergency Care; Veterinary Good Samaritan Laws; Extra-Label/Off-Label Drug Use; Governmental Immunity; Pleadings; Discovery; etc.

Jonathan G. Schopf, an attorney with the Vincelette Law Firm, P.C., located in Albany, New York. His primary concentration is the ever-expanding practice of animal and agriculture and markets law which focuses on advocating for clients and their companion animals in a variety of legal contexts. He represents clients who operate animal related businesses such as kennels, veterinary, animal service and not-for-profits as to legal issues which are unique to their business. He represents clients in both state and federal courts.

  • Dangerous Dogs Understanding Proceedings Under Section 123 Of The Agriculture And Markets Law –Presented from the point of view of the defense, this session will cover the “nuts and bolts” of litigating dangerous dog proceedings. The topic will cover the dangerous dog proceeding from complaint to appeal, inclusive of a breakdown of the statutory language; recent case interpretations; liability of owners; “plea bargains”; trials; appeals from Section 123 judgments in the district, town and village courts; as well as practical practice pointers to assist the practitioner in dealing with clients, local officials and the presiding judge. This session will provide timely, interesting and valuable information for private and municipal attorneys who find themselves involved in dangerous dog proceedings.
  • Animals And Negligence What Every Attorney Should Know –This session will focus on the basic elements and types of negligence involving animals. Common questions and misconceptions will be discussed and addressed, including premises liability; dog bites; motor vehicle accidents; and more. This session is appropriate for both the plaintiff and defense bar and will discuss some of the latest appellate cases on these issues.

David W. Lowden, a special counsel at the New York City law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. In addition to his practice representing both public and private companies and investors in the context of his general corporate, securities and commercial practice, he also has an extensive non-profit organizations practice, representing museums and other cultural institutions, dance and theater companies, economic redevelopment organizations and U.S. based “friends of” foreign non-profits. Mr. Lowden is the Chair of the Non-Profit Organizations Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

  • Forming The Not-For-Profit Organization And Avoiding Common Pitfalls
    This session will provide an overview of the process of forming a new non-profit corporation in New York or Delaware, addressing topics such as where to incorporate; difficulties arising under New York-s Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (including consents required for formation and problems at the State Department in forming or qualifying in New York; “types” of New York non-profits; high vote requirements, etc.; by-law issues (including whether to have members, size of board, committee structure, approval requirements, director terms, notice procedures and indemnification); registration with and regulation by the New York Charities Bureau; fiduciary duties of directors; and governance and investment policies; among other possible topics.

Gordon Siess, the partner in charge of the Not-for-Profit division of Holtz Rubenstein Reminick, LLP. He has over 20 years of experience in public accounting providing accounting, auditing and consulting services to clients in the not-for-profit, education, long-term care and health care industries.

Total Credits: 3.50 | Areas of Professional Practice: 3.50

Non-Member Price: $195.00
Published Date:
  • January 25, 2012
  • Online On-Demand
Product Code:
  • VC76Z
Areas Of Professional Practice Credit(s):
  • 3.5
Total Credit(s):
  • 3.5