State Bar Animal Law Symposium set for Friday, March 5

The State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section will conduct its annual symposium from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 5, at the Michigan State University College of Law Castle Boardroom.

Symposium speakers will address a number of topics related to current issues in animal law. The purpose of the event is to educate attorneys, but paralegals, law students, and members of the general public are encouraged to attend. Highlights include:

* Updates on and successes from the Animal Legal Lifeline.

* A look at practical considerations related to litigating animal law disputes and updates on torts related to animal law, by Julie Fershtman, vice president of the SBM Board of Directors.

* A discussion of veterinary malpractice liability in the area of companion animals by Chris Green, vice-chair of the ABA Animal Law Committee.

* A discussion of veterinary malpractice cases and developing and running an animal law practice by Bellingham, Washington-based attorney Adam Karp, who has extensive practice in animal law.

* Thinking about legal rights for wildlife.

The cost to attend the symposium is $20 for law students and $30 for attorneys and others who sign up on or before Monday, March 1. The registration fee after March 1 is $30 for law students and $40 for all others. Participants can register online at, fax the registration form and credit card information to the State Bar at (517) 346-6365, or mail the form with check or credit card payment to:

State Bar of Michigan

Attn: Seminar Registration

Michael Franck Building

306 Townsend Street

Lansing MI, 48933

Materials will be available after the seminar for those who are unable to attend.

Questions can be directed to Anna Scott, SBM Animal Law Section chair, at (517) 663-7909 or

Published: Tue, Feb 16, 2010