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Saturday, July 28
 

2:00pm

Advocating for Animals through State Legislation
Passing state laws can create lasting change for animals. You'll learn about the latest efforts and legislative trends to both protect and exploit animals in state legislatures.  We'll discuss how to work with other individuals and organizations to create a strong coalition and neutralize our opponents so we can enact good laws and defeat bad bills. We'll explore specific examples of successful legislative efforts, including what has worked and what hasn't, and how you can best be an effective activist from afar.  You will leave the workshop with a strong set of action steps and tools.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Church

Ann Church

Vice President of State Affairs, ASPCA  Ann has held legislative positions in the U.S. Senate for Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana and with the Senate Judiciary and Senate Agriculture Committees, with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and as an issues expert for Bayh\'s U.S... Read More →
avatar for Kara Holmquist

Kara Holmquist

Director of Advocacy, MSPCA (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Kara Holmquist is the director of advocacy for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). Much of Kara’s work at the MSPCA includes lobbying for stronger... Read More →
avatar for Tami Santelli

Tami Santelli

Maryland Senior State Director, The Humane Society of the United States Tami Santelli has been with The HSUS since 2006, serving as the director of state legislation prior to becoming The HSUS\'s Maryland state director in 2011. While in law school, Santelli was an active member... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm
TBA

4:00pm

Pushing the Boundaries: Domestic and International Legal Limits of Animal Protection Laws

Adverse legal decisions in state and federal courts, as well as international bodies like the World Trade Organization (WTO), can overturn or dilute vital animal protection laws. Legal experts in the fields of animal protection, constitutional, and international trade law will take a critical look at recent cases and issues that are shaping the field of animal protection law, including the NMA v. Harris case at the Supreme Court, the Tuna – Dolphin and Seals disputes at the WTO, and the legal obstacles to horse slaughter restarting in the U.S. The panel will offer recommendations about how to avoid – and defend against - a legal challenge to your hard-won legislative victory for animals.


Speakers
avatar for Sara Stewart

Sara Stewart

Senior Attorney for International Law & Trade, The Humane Society of the United States Sarah V. Stewart is the Senior Attorney for International Law & Trade in the Animal Protection Litigation Section of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).   In this capacity, Ms. Stewart... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Wagman

Bruce Wagman

Partner, Schiff Hardin, LLP
Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP, San Francisco Bruce Wagman is a partner with Schiff Hardin, with an almost exclusive focus on a wide range of animal law cases, as well as animal law education, legislative counseling, and consultation.  He has been practicing animal law since 1992 and... Read More →
avatar for David Wolfson

David Wolfson

  David J. Wolfson is a partner in the Global Corporate Group at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.  He currently is an adjunct professor at NYU Law School, where he teaches animal law, and at New York University, where he teaches public policy and animal protection.  He has... Read More →


Saturday July 28, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA
 
Sunday, July 29
 

9:00am

Lobby Day Training (Part 1)

“Get Ready To Lobby “ Training Session

Attendance at Part 1 is required before attending Monday Lobby Day.
If you plan to take part in Lobby Day on Monday, you are required to attend Part 1 of this training session before joining us on Capitol Hill—and we encourage you to stay for Part 2 as well. To be a successful citizen lobbyist, you must know what catches a busy lawmaker’s attention. This program will give you all the skills you need to meet with your legislators or their staff and discuss important animal protection legislation. Lobby Day packets will be available at the HSUS Federal Affairs table in the exhibit hall all weekend, and you can also pick them up at this Lobby Day training along with your Monday meeting schedule.


Speakers
avatar for Sara Amundson

Sara Amundson

Executive Director, Humane Society Legislative Fund
Sara has served as HSLF’s executive director since the organization’s inception in 2004. In this role, she leads the organization’s political and legislative activity. Her experience is well suited for the position, having served for 18 years in various key roles at the Doris... Read More →
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Arianna Brown

Legislative Coordinator, Federal Affairs, The Humane Society of the United States
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Jessica Feingold-Lieberson

Legislative Specialist, Federal Affairs, The Humane Society of the United States
Federal Legislative Specialist, The Humane Society of the United States
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Jessica Johnson

Grassroots Advocacy Manager, ASPCA
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Richard Patch

Vice President of Federal Affairs, ASPCA
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Kate Wall

Legislative Specialist, Federal Affairs, The Humane Society of the United States
Federal Legislative Specialist, The Humane Society of the United States Kate Wall is a Federal Legislative Specialist in the Federal Affairs department of The Humane Society of the United States, where she focuses primarily on legislation relating to wildlife, exotic animals, and... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am
TBA

10:15am

Lobby Day Training (Part 2)

“Get Ready To Lobby “ Training Session

Attendance at Part 1 is required before attending Monday Lobby Day.
If you plan to take part in Lobby Day on Monday, you are required to attend Part 1 of this training session before joining us on Capitol Hill—and we encourage you to stay for Part 2 as well. To be a successful citizen lobbyist, you must know what catches a busy lawmaker’s attention. This program will give you all the skills you need to meet with your legislators or their staff and discuss important animal protection legislation. Lobby Day packets will be available at the HSUS Federal Affairs table in the exhibit hall all weekend, and you can also pick them up at this Lobby Day training along with your Monday meeting schedule.


Speakers
avatar for Sara Amundson

Sara Amundson

Executive Director, Humane Society Legislative Fund
Sara has served as HSLF’s executive director since the organization’s inception in 2004. In this role, she leads the organization’s political and legislative activity. Her experience is well suited for the position, having served for 18 years in various key roles at the Doris... Read More →
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Arianna Brown

Legislative Coordinator, Federal Affairs, The Humane Society of the United States
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Jessica Feingold-Lieberson

Legislative Specialist, Federal Affairs, The Humane Society of the United States
Federal Legislative Specialist, The Humane Society of the United States
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Jessica Johnson

Grassroots Advocacy Manager, ASPCA
RP

Richard Patch

Vice President of Federal Affairs, ASPCA
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Kate Wall

Legislative Specialist, Federal Affairs, The Humane Society of the United States
Federal Legislative Specialist, The Humane Society of the United States Kate Wall is a Federal Legislative Specialist in the Federal Affairs department of The Humane Society of the United States, where she focuses primarily on legislation relating to wildlife, exotic animals, and... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 10:15am - 11:30am
TBA

2:00pm

Acting Locally – Making Change in your Own Backyard
Are you determined to help bring about meaningful changes for animals but aren’t sure how to get started? Whether you’re an individual animal advocate or affiliated with an organization, this engaging workshop is for you. You’ll walk away with simple yet effective tools that will empower you to start taking action in your own communities: from building local coalitions and hosting meetings to working with area restaurants to add meat-free meals and talking with your city or county councils to adopt animal-friendly resolutions. In just a few easy steps, you can be a catalyst for change. Start today!

Speakers
avatar for Erica Meier

Erica Meier

Executive Director, Compassion Over Killing
Executive Director, Compassion Over Killing Erica Meier is the executive director of Compassion Over Killing (COK), a non-profit animal protection organization based in Washington, DC. Since 1995, COK has worked to expose farmed animal abuse and promote vegetarian eating using a... Read More →
avatar for Holly Tarry

Holly Tarry

Colorado State Director, The Humane Society of the United States Holly Tarry is The HSUS's Colorado state director. Before joining The HSUS in June 2007, she managed several departments in animal shelters in Fort Collins and Denver.  She played a key role in passing 2008 legislation... Read More →
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Ellie Trueman

President and CEO, Certified Shade Technologies Ellie Trueman is President and CEO of Certified Shade Technologies, a passive cooling and environmental screening company. Trueman’s professional life includes nearly thirty years of marketing, communications and strategic positioning... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 2:00pm - 3:15pm
TBA

4:45pm

Advancing Wildlife Policy in Your Backyard
A panel of seasoned wildlife policy experts explores the landscape for obtaining more protections for wildlife. When taking on the most harmful practices for wildlife, policy decisions take place everywhere from the state house floor, to the courtroom, to even stakeholder processes lead by public wildlife agencies. Come hear about the pressing challenges for wildlife in your state, and how you as an advocate may be the most effective voice for wildlife.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Lamp

Joseph Lamp

Member of the Board of Directors fo Maryland Votes for Animals Dr. Joseph Lamp is a decades-long animal welfare advocate, a member of the Board of Directors of Maryland Votes For Animals, and a supporter of HSUS. Appointed by former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, he served... Read More →
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Casey Pheiffer

Senior Director, Wildlife Public Policy and Advocacy, The Humane Society of the United States Pheiffer directs the wildlife policy and advocacy team for The Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS focuses its wildlife policy and campaign efforts on three fronts: work on stopping... Read More →


Sunday July 29, 2012 4:45pm - 5:45pm
TBA