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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Introduction: Legal Advocates Responding to Social Mores Manifested by Increasing Infrastructures Pertaining to Non-Human Animals
Rachel Mamis, J.D. Candidate & Cia Bruno, Esq.

5:15 At the Steps of the Albany Law School: A Press Conference

5:30 Registrations & Check In

Symposium I: The Intrinsic Value of Other Animal Species & Their Contributions to Our Society

In Our Courts: ( video) The ABA made a credible presentation about the need for a dogs in courtrooms as partners to aid elderly witnesses or traumatized juvenile witnesses in their testimony.

Youth Rehab Specialists Chimney Green, NY Residential Treatment Facility, Michael E. Kaufmann, Farm and Wildlife Director.

Geriatric/Hospice Assisting the Vulnerable- Damien Center Perry, Junjulas Executive Director & Diane Metz, Coordinator of PAWS at Center)

In Our Schools: Ralph Holzhauer  Ele. Teacher author: Fur Under the Desk Retained by Plattsburgh, NY District Attorney

Symposium II:  Family Relations Substantive Due Process:
Privacy & Right of Association

Strong Bonds Between the Species: A “Special Relationship” To Be Reckoned With

Veterinarian Social Work:  Honoring the Non-Human & Human Bond: Advocacy, Intervention & Bereavement Support Laurie Sine, Esq., MSW  from Animal Medical Center, NYC  Specialty Veterinarian Hospital Consultant Group Practice PANEL RT

Housing Discrimination 
& Pets of the Homeless Jessica Rowshandel, MSW from a large homeless shelter in New York City.


Family Provisions: Custody Visitation Orders, Orders of Protection & Trusts for Non-Human Family Members, Gina Calogero, Esq.


Symposium III: Social Justice Ethos
Non-humans & the Environment: from the Streets, Farms & Industries to the Legislature

Legal Issues: Humans & Non-Human Bonds & FEMA-PETS ACT Documentary  ~ Katrina Survivors- Legal Issues: Humans & Non-Human Bonds & FEMA-PETS ACT, Geralyn Rae Pezanoski, Director/Producer Co-Founder of Smush Media, has 12 years experience in film and video production Co-Producer Erin Essenmacher:  10+ yrs of experience in corporate, non-profit and broadcast production with a strong focus on documentary & recently completed a short documentary and oral history project for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay area.
The Challenges of Cruelty Cases

David Dean, investigator from Schenectady SPCA; and

Dr. Ward Stone NYS DEC Pathologist-non-human crime victim forensics perspective  WMAC: In Our Back Yard Weekly show-Wildlife Envt’l issues.

Farm Animals Hurt & Matter Just As Much: The Link to Tangible Environmental Stewardship & Bio-Ethical Issues

Coalition Building for Social Justice
Week for NY Animals, Susan McCauley   An Organizer's Perspective: The Challenges & Rewards

Corporate Counsels Representing the Interests of the Collective Social Justice Conscience

Carving Out a Practice, Russ Mead, Farm Sanctuary Corp Counsel

Advocacy in International Business & Policy Considerations for Not Profits, John T. Maher, Esq. Best Friends Corp Counsel

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act: Is it Terrorism, or A Craft by Industries to Silence the Voices of Advocates for the Most Vulnerable Painfully Suffering Away from the Public View? Odette J. Wilkens, Esq.

Carving Out Animal Advocacy: The Challenges & Rewards in Media Reporting  Steve Caporizzo, meteorologist Pets Connection media founder

Legislators Responding to Social Justice Ethos, Jim Tedisco, NYS Assemblyman