Dog Law 101 – COVID-19 Update


CLE credits earned: 1 General Credit (WA 1 Law and Legal)

This course addresses the impact of COVID-19 on legal issues involving companion animals. From CDC guidelines specifically addressing pets to new protocols concerning veterinary practices, animal businesses and shelters, COVID-19 concerns have extended into the world of companion animals. As the pandemic has led to an increased awareness of the human and animal bond and the true value of companion animals in our lives, theories on the animal origins of COVID-19 have led to increased calls for regulation and enforcement of animal markets around the world. In the United States, government guidelines and state executive orders have addressed the needs of companion animals among the concerns for COVID-19 transmission. Problems with new procedures and practices for companion animal services have resulted in litigation and in some instances, the need for better enforcement of existing laws. Court treatment of companion animal cases, while continuing to vary among jurisdictions, also has been impacted by the pandemic.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

• Pandemic’s animal origin theories
• Government guidelines
• The impact of adoption demands on shelters
• Litigation of ongoing and new animal cases (including emergency matters)
• Enforcement of animal abuse, among others

Date / Time: February 4, 2021

• 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
• 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
• 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
• 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 5 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.
Closed-captioning available upon request

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Original Broadcast Date: December 9, 2020

Anna Morrison-Ricordati | AMR Law Group, LLC

Anna practices animal law and civil litigation at AMR Law Group, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. Addressing all aspects of dispute resolution, Anna has represented individual and animal business clients in mediations, arbitrations, jury and bench trials, equitable remedies, and appeals. She Chaired the Illinois State Bar Association’s Animal Law Section Council for the 2010-2011 year, the Chicago Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee for the 2012-2013 year, DuPage County Animal Law Committee for the 2014-2015 year, and was awarded the Animal Welfare Leadership Award in 2018 from PAWS® Chicago. Anna has served as a CLE speaker on animal law topics for several organizations and bar associations, including the American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section in 2018 and the International Animal Law Summit in 2019.

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