Service and Emotional Support Animals: Updates on Animal Accommodation Laws (2024 Edition)

Abby Volin
Abby Volin | D.C. Government and Animal Accommodation Law Specialist

Abby Volin is a nationally recognized subject matter leader on animal accommodation laws. She previously worked at the DC Office of Disability Rights, whose mission is to oversee the implementation of the District of Columbia’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Prior to this role, she founded a consulting and legal firm that helped residential and commercial property professionals manage pets on properties.

Live Video-Broadcast: July 22, 2024

Service and Emotional Support Animals: Updates on Animal Accommodation Laws (2024 Edition)

$195.00 2 hour CLE

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Program Summary

It seems like service and emotional support animals are everywhere these days and the ease in which someone can get “certified” raises eyebrows. Is there really an epidemic of people fraudulently using the disability protections to bring Fido to the grocery store or avoid a pet fee? Learn about the various disability rights laws; distinctions between service, assistance, and therapy animals; ways to manage dubious requests; the responsibilities of each party; and how to help avoid costly discrimination claims.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • The basics of animal accommodation laws and updates
  • The distinctions between service, assistance, and comfort/therapy animals
  • Protections available for individuals living with a disability under various laws
  • How to combat fraudulent requests

Date / Time: July 22, 2024

  • 11:00 am – 1:10 pm Eastern
  • 10:00 am – 12:10 pm Central
  • 9:00 am – 11:10 am Mountain
  • 8:00 am – 10:10 am Pacific

Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Abby Volin_FedBarAbby Volin | D.C. Government and Animal Accommodation Law Specialist

Abby Volin is a nationally recognized subject matter leader on animal accommodation laws. She previously worked at the DC Office of Disability Rights, whose mission is to oversee the implementation of the District of Columbia’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Prior to this role, she founded a consulting and legal firm that helped residential and commercial property professionals manage pets on properties. She also worked at the Humane Society of the United States as a public policy specialist focusing on housing and dog breed legislation. Before her venture into animal welfare and disability rights, Ms. Volin worked as a litigator in the New York City office of Harris Beach PLLC and is licensed as an attorney in New York, and New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. She holds a JD from Loyola University Chicago and a BA in quantitative economics and community health from Tufts University.

Agenda

I. The basics of animal accommodation laws and updates | 11:00am – 11:30am

II. The distinctions between service, assistance, and comfort/therapy animals | 11:30am – 12:00pm

Break | 12:00pm – 12:10pm

III. Protections available for individuals living with a disability under various laws | 12:10pm – 12:40pm

IV. How to combat fraudulent requests | 12:40pm – 1:10pm