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The MSBA's Animal Law Section Presents


"First Do No Harm: Drafting Petitions for Orders for Protection that Protect Victims of Domestic Violence and Their Companion Animals "

Minnesota's new law to allow companion animals to be included in orders for protection went into effect August 1, 2010. Learn what you need to know about domestic violence and drafting orders for protection to make effective use of this law for your clients.

Whether you have been practicing law for twenty years in a private firm or whether you have been practicing twenty days in a volunteer legal clinic, you likely do not know all you could know about writing effective petitions for orders for protection.  Even if you write orders for protection every day, you likely do not know all you could know about including pets in orders for protection and finding temporary safe shelter for your client’s pets.

Errors and omissions in our filings with the court can result in lost time, lost opportunity, and loss of funds for our clients.  When our clients are victims of domestic violence, however, errors and omissions can mean a lot more – they can mean life or death. 


Liz Richards, Esq.  , Director of Programming for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women

Dan Niziolek, Minneapolis Animal Care & Control (MACC)
Kellie Dillner, Minnesota Alliance for Family and Animal Safety (MN-AFAS)
Anna Stern, Day One of Cornerstone

1 hour of Standard CLE credit applied for



Date:   Thursday, September 9, 2010
Time:   12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:   MSBA Offices
600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380 Minneapolis, MN 55402 


Section Members:  $10.00
Non-Animal Law Section Members:  $15.00
Law Students:  Free
Non-MSBA Members:  $20.00

Teleconferencing is available. Please contact Kim Basting at

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