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The MSBA's Animal Law Section Presents


Annual Meeting, Council Elections and CLE:

Immigration Compliance and Ethics for Equine Practitioners and Enthusiasts

Since 2009, thousands of employers across the United States have been subject to I-9 employment verification eligibility investigations/audits. As recently as April 2012, ICE Director John Morton warned that his agency will conduct at least 3000 I-9 audits for 2012 and that employers should expect higher numbers in coming years. While ICE has not provided any insights as to how it determines the targets of its I-9 investigations, it is clear that it is focusing on industries it suspects rely heavily on undocumented workers.

The Animal Law Section of the MSBA is hosting this CLE to address the immigration compliance, employment, and ethics issues that Equine practitioners are facing in light of the heightened enforcement activities of ICE and their impact on the labor force of the equine industry. This program will be equally relevant to attorneys in the practice of agricultural law and immigration law.

This will be a two -part presentation. The first part will provide an immigration compliance overview on I-9 employment eligibility verification obligations and audits and practical preemptive actions that practitioners and employers should consider. A consequence of many of these I-9 audits can include a loss in the employers’ workforce. The overview will also address visa options for employers to sponsor foreign temporary agricultural and non-agricultural workers (H-2A, H-2B, and J visas) and related legal obligations.

The second part will be a Q & A panel to address the various inter-disciplinary legal issues (immigration, wage and hour, labor, and ethics) which can arise as a result of an immigration compliance investigation and employing agricultural workers.

Please join us for the CLE program which will begin promptly at Noon, followed by the Animal Law Section's annual meeting at 1:30 p.m. Click here to view the slate of candidates for election to the Animal Law Section Council.


Presenter: Loan T. Huynh, Fredrikson & Byron PA

Panelists: Rebecca R. Bell, (Program Chair), RB Legal LLC

Allison F. Eklund, Eklund Law PC

James S. Lane, III, Attorney at Law 

Anne M. Radolinski, Fredrikson & Byron PA

1 hour Standard Credit and .5 Ethics Credit have been applied for. The event code is 168192.



Date:   Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Time:   11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Registration and lunch will start at 11:45 a.m. The CLE program will start at Noon and the section's annual meeting and council elections will follow the CLE program at 1:30 p.m.

Location:   MSBA Offices, 600 Nicollet Mall #380, Mpls, MN 55402 


Animal Law Section Members:  $20.00

MSBA Members: Join the Animal Law Section & Attend the Meeting for Free (You must be a current MSBA member but not an Animal Law Section member. Pay the 12-month section dues and your Animal Law Section membership will expire on June 30, 2013.): $30.00

MSBA Member But Not a Member of the Animal Law Section:  $25.00

Non-MSBA Members:  $35.00

Law Students:  Free

Teleconferencing is available. Teleconferencing instructions will be sent by e-mail on Monday, June 18.

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.