On December 11, I will be speaking for the Houston Bar Association on the topic of “Animal Law.” What is animal law?
Broadly defined, it is any type of legal action involving an animal. It could be as simple as providing advice regarding necessary permits required to be a wildlife rehabilitator or as complicated as a malpractice suit against a veterinarian. It would include estate planning to provide for the family pet or appearing at a dangerous dog hearing. It encompasses both contract matters (such as drafting a boarding agreement for a horse stable) and litigation (such as an animal cruelty case.)
The Animal Legal Defense Fund lists animal law sections or committees in 26 states. Two law schools (Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon and South Texas College of Law in Houston) support animal law clinics. Numerous law schools have courses on animal law.
It is a fascinating area of law. I invite you to join me on December 11 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at the offices of the Houston Bar Association, 1001 Fannin, Houston, Texas 77002 to discuss the topic. The program is free for members of the Houston Bar Association.