Abby Volin, Esq. is the President and Founder of Opening Doors, a consulting firm that helps residential and commercial property professionals manage pets on properties. Ms. Volin is also a nationally recognized subject matter expert on animal accommodation laws. Prior to founding Opening Doors, she worked at The Humane Society of the United States as a public policy specialist on numerous companion animal issues, with a focus on housing and animal accommodation legislation. Before her venture into animal welfare and policy, Ms. Volin worked as a litigator in the New York City office of Harris Beach PLLC and is licensed as an attorney in Washington, D.C., New York, and New Jersey. She holds a JD from Loyola University Chicago and a BA in quantitative economics and community health from Tufts University.
Jessica L. Hunt, Esq. is the Attorney Advisor for the DC Office of Disability Rights, and is a licensed attorney in DC, KY, and VA. In her current position, Ms. Hunt processes complaints of disability discrimination and provides guidance and training to District of Columbia employees and residents on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), and disability sensitivity and etiquette. She serves as part of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Leadership Network’s cadre of trainers, and her areas of expertise include service animals, housing and shelter situations, and reasonable accommodation. Additionally, Ms. Hunt acts as an Accessibility Officer during special events and state and local emergencies to provide technical assistance and training in the District’s Emergency Operations Command Center. Prior to her employment with ODR, she spent four years at the U.S. Department of the Army Headquarters, Office of Civil Rights, as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist. She holds a JD from the University of Kentucky and a Masters in Secondary Special Education and Transition from The George Washington University.