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The MSBA's Animal Law Section and Hamline University School of Law Present


"6th Annual Animal Law Conference"



  • 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome, Amy Draeger
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Understanding Pound Seizure, Allie Philips
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wisconsin's Puppy Mill Law, Jody Habush
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. : Equine Land Use Issues, Alison Ecklund
  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
    Note: There will be a brief meeting of Animal Law Section Council Members in attendance at 12:20 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Minnesota Legislative Update, Christy Coughlin
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Unintended Consequences of the Horse Slaughter Ban, Katherine Bloomquist
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Protection for Gray Wolves Under the Endangered Species Act, Collette Adkins Giese and Dan Stark


Jodi Habush Sinykin attended the University of Michigan, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989. Ms. Habush Sinykin went on to Harvard Law School, where she received her law degree in 1992. As an attorney with Midwest Environmental Advocates, Jodi Habush Sinykin has concentrated her practice on environmental public policy matters and legal claims arising in Southeastern Wisconsin. In addition to her environmental work, Jodi has been actively engaged in legislative work on behalf of the Wisconsin Humane Society relating to the state's "puppy mill" problem. She has worked closely with state legislators and other interested parties to draft, enact, and implement Wisconsin Act 90, the law successfully passed in December of 2009, which will regulate state breeding facilities and target sub-standard conditions through a licensing and inspection program.

Allison Eklund is a Twin Cities attorney whose law practice, Eklund Law, PC, focuses on equine business law and public policy. As government relations attorney for the Minnesota Horse Council, she was instrumental in passing legislation to preserve agricultural property tax classification for equestrian property. In 2009 she volunteered to help create the new Minnesota Stables Owners Association to help unify and educate horse boarding business owners and promote understanding of the importance of horses in agriculture. Ms. Eklund represents equine businesses and landowners in a wide variety of matters, from tax appeals and zoning issues to general litigation and estate planning.

Christine Coughlin is President of Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting all animals by promoting humane legislation and legislators in MN. Prior to her work with Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection she served as President of Circus Reform Yes, where she led the campaign that attempted to prohibit wild animal circuses in Minneapolis. She has assisted the City of Minneapolis in drafting its new circus regulations, is a Humane Educator with Bridges of Respect, and has served as a volunteer with both the Minneapolis municipal animal shelter and the (former) St. Paul Humane Society for Companion Animals.

Katherine Bloomquist is recognized as a leader in animal law and equine law. She is a frequent speaker at the National Equine Law Conference in Kentucky, the Equine Law Conference in California, and is regularly published on the subject. In 2009, Ms. Bloomquist authored a chapter in the American Bar Association book "Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers" on the use of expert witnesses in equine litigation. In 2005, she was the first speaker on equine law at the American Bar Association in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Bloomquist was the chair of the Animal Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar, for two consecutive years 2005-2007, and chaired the first ever Animal Law Conference sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association in April 2006. Her law practice currently involves the areas of corporate, business litigation, employment, equine, family law, and wills and estates. She represents equine clients throughout the world.

Collette Adkins Giese is a staff attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, where she works to protect imperiled wildlife across the country. She received her law degree from the University of Minnesota, where she also earned a master's degree in wildlife conservation. Before joining the Center, Collette was in private practice, where her pro bono work focused on preservation of gray wolves. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable John R. Tunheim in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Dan Stark is the Wolf Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Dan was hired by the DNR in 2007 to implement the MN Wolf Management Plan and oversees the ongoing transition of wolf management from the federal government to the MN DNR. Dan spent eight years as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wolf biologist in Arizona and New Mexico. He has extensive field, policy, and research experience following several years of working on the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction in the Southwest. Prior to that Dan spent several seasons working at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in Zimmerman, MN, on habitat improvements and fire management programs. Stark is a Minnesota native and earned his wildlife biology degree from Saint Cloud State University and is completing a master's in wildlife conservation and management at the University of Arizona.

Allie Philips is an author, attorney and advocate for protecting animals and promoting human-animal interactions. She is a nationally-recognized expert, trainer, author and media commentator on the co-occurrence between animal abuse and violence to humans, animal advocacy and protection, investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty and child abuse, how therapy animals can help maltreated children, banning the practice of shelters providing cats and dogs for experimentation (pound seizure) and gas chamber euthanasia, and helping pets caught in the financial crisis. Ms. Phillips has conducted over 150 trainings nationally and has authored over 45 publications on these topics. Her book, How Shelter Pets are Brokered for Experimentation: Understanding Pound Seizure, tackles the concept of pound seizure and shelters that provide homeless, abused and unwanted cats and dogs for research and was published in August 2010. Her next book entitled Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets is due out this summer.

6 hours of Standard CLE credits applied for (event code: 154258)



Date:   Saturday, April 16, 2011
Time:    8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location:   Hamline University - Klas Center
1537 Taylor Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104


Section Members or Hamline University School of Law Alumni:  $55.00
MSBA Members (Non-Animal Law Section Members) or MMVA Members:  $75.00
Vet Techs, Animal Rescue, Shelter, or Animal Control Organizations: $50.00
Current Law Students or Vet Students:  $10.00
Non-MSBA Members or Non-MMVA Members:  $100.00
HUSL Faculty & Law Students:  Free

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.

Requests for an exception to this policy should be directed to Elyse Farnsworth, Section Services Director, by e-mail or at (612) 278-6336