Advanced Dog Law


Re-Broadcast on November 1, 2017

Advanced Dog Law expands coverage and provides specific examples of common companion animal court cases, including: animal custody disputes (divorce and replevin); bites; consumer fraud; housing disputes; wrongful death/injury to companion animals (including police shooting cases); and veterinary malpractice. This course will also cover strategies and methods of proof for animal valuation; new developments in state legislation and case law; trends in municipal ordinances (bans on the sale of puppy mill dogs, dangerous/vicious designations; breed discrimination; feral cat ordinances; among others); and pet health insurance, among other developing national and international animal law topics.

This course is co-sponsored by Wolters Kluwer.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Animal Law – Brief Overview
•   Valuation & Damages
•   Common Companion Animal Court Cases (w/ Example Cases & Pleadings)
•   Municipal Ordinances
•   Pet Health Insurance
•   Additional Topic Updates
•   National Trends

Date / Time: November 1, 2017

•  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•  11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•  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 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.


Anna Morrison-Ricordati, Esq. 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 has served as a CLE speaker on animal law topics for several organizations and bar associations. Anna has also lectured at the John Marshall Law School in animal law courses and was named as one of Illinois’ 2012-2013 Rising Stars by SuperLawyers.

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Section 1. Animal Law – Brief Overview
a) Emergence of Animal Law Field
b) Human/Animal Bond

Section II. Valuation & Damages
a) Available Damages (Negligent v. Intentional Acts)
b) Valuation Theories (Market, Actual or Other)
c) Trends: Legislation & State Case Law Development

Section III. Common Companion Animal Court Cases (w/ Example Cases & Pleadings)
a) Custody Disputes (Divorce & Replevin)
        i. Governing Laws
        ii. Example Agreements
b) Bites (Civil Litigation)
        i. Defenses (Provocation, Assumption of Risk, etc.)
c) Consumer Fraud
        i. Pet Food & Animal Device Cases
        ii. Puppy Lemon Laws
d) Housing Disputes
        i. FHA – Service & Emotional Support dogs
        ii. Other
e) Veterinary Malpractice
        i. Standards of Reasonable Care (Expert Review)
        ii. Contract Damages
        iii. Fraud
        iv. Spoliation
        v. Other Avenues for Relief
f) Wrongful Death/Injury
        i. Animal to Animal Injury (dog fights, etc.)
        ii. Human to Animal Injury (hit by car, grooming injury, etc.)
g) Police Shootings
        i. Qualified Immunities
        ii. Damages, Discipline & Training
        iii. Recent Verdicts
h) Divorce & Replevin
        i. Marital Relationship (property v. custody)
        ii. Non-Marital Relationship (replevin)

Section IV. Municipal Ordinances
a) Source of Power: Home Rule
b) Breed Bans & Due Process – Dangerous/Vicious Determinations
c) Puppy Mill Sales Bans (Litigation Updates)
d) Feral Cats & Environmental Concerns
f) Limit Laws & Hoarding

Section V. Pet Health Insurance
a) Availability & Expense
b) Coverage Issues & Disputes

Section VI. Additional Topic Updates
a) Pet Trusts
        i. Sources of Funding & Challenges to Validity
b) Shelter Law
        ii. Transparency & Accountability (FOIA)

Section VII. Other National Trends
a) Internet Petitions
b) Crowd Source Funding
c) Media & Social Media Interest