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Humane Lobbying: Using the Legislative Process on Behalf of Animals

The DePaul Center for Animal Law and the National Anti-Vivisection Society

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM (CST)

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The DePaul Center for Animal Law and the National Anti-Vivisection Society Present:


Humane Lobbying: Using the Legislative Process on Behalf of Animals


Wednesday, November 15, 2017
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

DePaul Center
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Room 8005
Chicago, IL 60604



2 IL MCLE credits; 1 PR MCLE credit, subject to approval.

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Lobbying is an effective means by which advocates can have their voices heard and effect change at all levels of government. But with it comes unique challenges and ethical considerations. The first part of this lunchtime panel discussion will look at the unique roles that lawmakers and lobbyists each play in advancing legislation. Specific attention will be paid to the recent passage of the Research Dog and Cat Adoption Law. The second part of the discussion will examine the ethical issues pertaining to lobbying and legislating in the State of Illinois. Leading this discussion will be lobbyist Dave Marsh, who was instrumental in shepherding the Research Dog and Cat Bill through the Illinois General Assembly, along with the bill’s sponsor, State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora). Please e-mail bdavinge@depaul.edu with any questions.


Free vegetarian lunch and refreshments will be served.



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State Senator Linda Holmes was elected to represent the 42nd district of Illinois in 2006. As a former small business owner, Holmes brings a business-conscious perspective to the legislature, ensuring that state government protects the hardworking people of Illinois. Prior to being elected senator, Holmes served for two years on the Kane County Board, ousting a 24-year incumbent. She currently serves on a number of nationally recognized boards and commissions and was the first female president of the Chicagoland Chapter of the National Association of the Remodelling Industry. As a former docent to the Brookfield Zoo and an active supporter of the Sierra Club and the National Anti-Vivisection Society, Senator Holmes has brought forth pragmatic legislation designed to protect animals and the environment. These initiatives include increased penalties for individuals caught sponsoring animal fighting, efforts to expand humane feral cat population control efforts, a ban on circus elephants and tougher punishments for those who abuse animals. Earlier this spring Senator Holmes was the chief sponsor of a law requiring research institutions to have adoption plans in place for healthy dogs and cats used in scientific research.


Dave Marsh has been the Director of Government Relations for the Illinois State Dental Society since 1990. He was previously the legislative liaison under former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson for his Economic Development Agency. Prior to that, Marsh was on the Staff of the Illinois State Senate. Marsh has a BA and MA from the University of Illinois at Springfield in Legal Studies.

Have questions about Humane Lobbying: Using the Legislative Process on Behalf of Animals? Contact The DePaul Center for Animal Law and the National Anti-Vivisection Society

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DePaul Center
1 E Jackson Blvd
Room 8005
Chicago, IL 60604

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM (CST)


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The DePaul Center for Animal Law and the National Anti-Vivisection Society


Characterized by academic rigor and community outreach, the DePaul Center for Animal Law examines local, state, federal and international policy relating to the rights and welfare of animals, including animal cruelty, factory farming, animal experimentation, animals in entertainment and tort valuation of animals. For more information, visit here.




The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) promotes greater compassion, respect and justice for animals through educational and advocacy programs based on respected ethical, scientific and legal theory. NAVS works to increase public awareness about animal experimentations, to promote positive solutions that advance science, to support the development of alternatives to the use of animals, and to effect changes that will help end the unnecessary suffering of animals. For more information, visit www.navs.org.

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