Here is a guest post from attorney Steve Halpert. He is the organizer for the Houston Bar Association's annual Lawyers to the Rescue seminar. Here is his post:
We are pleased to announce the 4th annual “Lawyers To The Rescue” seminar, devoted to those who work or volunteer for animal rescue/welfare organizations. The information provided at this seminar is invaluable. You will learn the most important tips for keeping your organization, board members, volunteers and clients safe and successful.
We are especially pleased to announce 3 “firsts” for our seminar this year.
First, we are honored to have City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker address our audience. She will discuss some important animal welfare issues happening in our city, as well as the pros and cons of passing spay-neuter legislation in the future.
Second, in the afternoon, we will break into smaller groups to discuss Risk Management and Risk Assessment for the animal rescue/welfare non-profit organization. Each group’s findings will be shared with the entire group as part of a wrap up. We are lucky to have attorney Cynthia Elaine Masters agree to organize and monitor the workshops.
Third, we are in a new, more convenient facility this year! The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, 303 Jackson Hill Street, Houston, Texas 77007 has graciously allowed the use of their facility, and we are excited to be at this new venue for the fourth seminar. There is an attached garage with ample, free parking. The facility is located just several blocks off Memorial Drive, approximately 1 mile from Memorial Park. Access to the facility is easy from 610, I-10, 290 and 45.
While we realize it can be difficult taking a work day off to attend this seminar, think of it this way: If you work or volunteer in animal rescue/welfare, you cannot afford to miss this seminar! The topics include:
- How to avoid being sued, or what to do when it’s too late.
- Good Governance Tools for Animal Non-Profit Groups
- Tax Consequences and Charitable Deductions for Non-Profit Groups
- Dangerous Dogs: Rights, Responsibilities and Remedies
- Presentation on Quality of Life: Houston Code of Ordinances Chapter 6 Revisions
- The State of Animal Welfare in Houston
Each year, attendees have departed with a wealth of information they in turn share with their organizations. This year will be no different.
As usual, we provide a delicious lunch and all day beverage service. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of vegetarian, as well as vegan, options.
Please fill out the attached registration form. Download RegistrationForm2014B Registration discounts apply up to November 10, 2014.
Bring a friend or a fellow board member. You will NOT be disappointed!
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email me anytime at email@example.com.
Steve Halpert, Houston Bar Association Animal Law Section