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September 6, 2012

Christine Morganti , (505) 797-6028


New Animal Law Section Presents First Seminar


Albuquerque, N.M.— Animal law deals with matters pertaining to the rights and welfare of animals:  animal cruelty, animal control, laboratory animal welfare, the use of animals in education, product testing and in the laboratory, animal control issues, and general animal welfare. A continuing legal education seminar, 2012 Animal Law CLE, will be held Sept. 13 at the State Bar Center in Albuquerque for interested members of the legal community. This is the first education session to be presented by the newly formed section.


Speakers include Professor Marsha Baum, UNM School of Law; Assistant City Attorney Doris Duhigg; Judith L. Durzo, Judith L. Durzo Attorney at Law; Diane Balkin, Esq., Animal Legal Defense Fund; Marsha Baum, Doris Duhigg, Judith Durzo; Assistant District Attorney Theresa Whatley, 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office; and John Walker, Office of the Public Defender.


In addition to a panel on animal cruelty in New Mexico, topics will cover legislation, dangerous dog cases, and the link between cruelty to animals and violence toward humans.


The State Bar Animal Law Section seeks to provide a forum for members of the profession to consider and discuss the legal issues that concern the treatment of all animals; the protections afforded to animals; the rights and responsibilities of persons who have an interest in animals; the legal issues involved in our coexistence with animals; and the interrelationship among various components of animal law including torts, contracts, criminal, administrative, regulatory, municipal, trusts and estates, property and constitutional issues.


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Note: News media are welcome to attend and cover this event. Please notify Christine Morganti, or (505) 797-6028 if you plan to attend.


The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.