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Animal Warriors: At the Intersection of Animal Law and Veterans Affairs

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DePaul Law dedicates its Fall symposium in Animal Law to showing the interplay between animal welfare and the military.

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Sponsored by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the DePaul Center for Animal Law

Organized by the Veterans Advocacy Student Organization and the DePaul Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter

ANIMAL WARRIORS: AT THE INTERSECTION OF ANIMAL LAW AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

Thursday, November 14, 2019

3:15 pm to 7:30 pm

DePaul University College of Law, Lewis Center

25 E. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60604

Symposium: Room 805 (3:15 - 6:30)

Reception: 7th Floor Lounge (6:30 - 7:30)

This event has been approved for up to 3.0 CLE hours.

DePaul Law dedicates its Fall symposium in Animal Law to showing the interplay between animal welfare and the military. This program's three speakers will highlight different ways in which these two areas merge. Chris Berry (ALDF) will discuss a case involving the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center, which is a sanctuary in Frazier Park, California, where military veterans train wolves and other animals - and is also the subject of Animal Planet's Wolves and Warriors television program. Cynthia Bathurst (Safe Humane Chicago) will talk about her organization's VALOR (Veterans Advancing Lives of Rescues) Program. And Marilyn Forbes Phillips (Duke University School of Law, Womble Bond Dickinson) will review the history of dogs in the US military and the TEDD (Tactical Explosive Detection Dog) program, with an emphasis on the story of Sgt. Ryan Henderson and his TEDD dog, Satan.

There will be a one hour reception in the 7th Floor Lounge with vegan hors d'oeuvres following the symposium.

Please email DePaul ALDF Student Chapter (DePaul.ALDF.Chapter@gmail.com) with any questions.

SPEAKERS

Chris Berry, Senior Staff Attorney - Animal Legal Defense Fund: Chris Berry works on a broad range of animal issues including puppy mills, factory farms, and consumer rights. Chris helps formulate creative legal theories to help animals and challenges government agencies that are not following the law. Chris works hard to fight abuse on factory farms and protect consumers who want to make humane choices, such as in the Cal-Cruz Hatcheries case, applying the animal cruelty code to a chicken hatchery through a consumer protection law, and in Glover v. Mahrt, a class-action lawsuit alleging that egg packaging depicting outdoor hens misled consumers who wanted to buy more humanely produced eggs.

Chris graduated with honors in 2008 from the University of South Dakota, where he majored in political science and minored in psychology. While there, Chris focused on animal issues and wrote an honors thesis arguing that invasive medical testing on animals violates fundamental bioethics principles. Chris attended law school at the University of Michigan with a focus on litigation while maintaining his interest in animal rights. Chris was involved in student advocacy programs; interned at the Public Defender’s Office in the Child Abuse and Neglect docket; participated in the Environmental Law Clinic; and served as a law clerk for the Humane Society of the United States, where he worked on the farmed animal litigation team.

Cynthia Bathurst, President and Executive Director - Safe Humane Chicago: Cynthia Bathurst serves as Board President and Executive Director for Safe Humane Chicago and is its Founding Director. Cynthia co-founded D.A.W.G. (Dog Advisory Work Group) in 2000 and Safe Humane Chicago in 2007. During a 25-year-long career in mathematics consulting, she was led to community policing and organizing, prompted by crime and violence in Chicago communities.

Cynthia received a BS in mathematics and computer science from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. through the English Department at The University of Iowa. Cynthia has joined with others to build an extensive alliance of partners, all working toward creating safe and humane communities for people and animals alike. Cynthia also serves an advisor on the National Canine Research Council and is the appointed chair of Chicago’s Commission on Animal Care and Control.

Marilyn Forbes Phillips, Senior Lecturing Fellow - Duke University School of Law; Of Counsel - Womble Bond Dickinson: Marilyn Forbes Phillips is an experienced mass tort and products liability lawyer. Marilyn has been named to Best Lawyers in America® annually from 2008-2018 and was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Product Liability Litigation, Defendants – Raleigh in 2015, 2017 and 2018. In 2011, Marilyn was honored with Womble Bond Dickinson’s "Outstanding Service to Clients" award. Marilyn has served on the firm’s Management Committee, its Executive Committee, its pro bono board, and as the team leader for a products liability litigation group. In 2017, Marilyn handled pro bono representation of a retired US Army soldier and succeeded in obtaining the return of his tactical explosive detection dog (TEDD) that served with him in Afghanistan.

Marilyn received her JD from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1981 and her BA with high honors from The Pennsylvania State University in 1976. Marilyn has previously served as co-chair of the Corporate Counsel Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section’s Woman Advocate Committee and as a vice chair of the ABA TIPS Animal Law Section. Marilyn has also served on the Board of Directors for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, on the Advisory Board for the Wake County SPCA, and as the president of the Board of Directors for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

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