Service, Emotional Support, and Therapy Animals: What attorneys should know (Includes 1 hour ethics in animal law)

Anna Morrison-Ricordati
Anna Morrison-Ricordati | AMR Law Group, LLC

Anna Morrison-Ricordati 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.

Live Video-Broadcast: October 24, 2022

Service, Emotional Support, and Therapy Animals: What attorneys should know (Includes 1 hour ethics in animal law)

$195.00 2 hour CLE

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Program Summary

Session I - Service and Support Animals – Anna Morrison-Ricordati

This course will address the origin of service animals, including the historic use of animals for protection, individual disability and assistance. Distinctions between Service, Emotional Support and Therapy animals will be discussed, along with what protections are afforded to each category. The course will also cover Federal and State regulations addressing in the context of public vs. private accommodations, along with newer laws aimed at preventing fraud as well as the issues involved in balancing legal accommodation with safety.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Service and Support Animals
  • Distinction between service and support
  • Governing laws
  • Accommodations vs Safety Issues

Session II - “Don’t Get Bit,” Ethics in Animal Law – Anna Morrison-Ricordati

Clients regularly engage animal law attorneys for issues involving wildlife, farmed animals, animals used in research or entertainment, or for their own individual companion animals. Although the efforts of an animal protection attorney may be aimed at bettering the treatment of all animals, specific client goals can vary, and can lead to unanticipated ethical issues as addressed in a series of examples.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Common Themes/Concerns in Animal Law
  • Example cases
  • Scenarios – Model Rules

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Date / Time: October 24, 2022

  • 1:00 pm – 3:10 pm Eastern
  • 12:00 pm – 2:10 pm Central
  • 11:00 am – 1:10 pm Mountain
  • 10:00 am – 12:10 pm Pacific

 

Closed-captioning available

Speakers

Anna Morrison Ricordati_AMR Law Group_myLawCLE_FedBarAnna Morrison-Ricordati | AMR Law Group, LLC

Anna Morrison-Ricordati 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 was awarded the Animal Welfare Leadership Award in 2018 from PAWS® Chicago. Anna has served as a CLE speaker on animal law topics for several organizations and bar associations, including the American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section in 2018, the International Animal Law Summit in 2019, and the Illinois State Bar Association in 2020, 2021 and 2022, among others, and has written on the topic of Ethics in Animal Law for the American Bar Association.

Agenda

Session I – Service and Support Animals | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

  1. Overview – Service and Support Animals | 1:00pm – 1:15pm
    a. Origin and Historical Perspective
    b. Types of Service (Military, Law Enforcement, Individual Protection, Disability, or Assistance)
    c. Legal Recognition
  2. Distinctions – Service and Support | 1:15pm – 1:30pm
    a. Service
    b. Emotional Support
    c. Therapy
  3. Governing Law | 1:30pm – 1:45pm
    a. Federal (ADA, FHA)
    i. 2020 Revisions
    b. State
    i. White Cane Laws, Human Rights Acts, etc.
    ii. *New – Assistance Animal Integrity Acts (fraud prevention)
  4. Accommodations v. Safety Issues | 1:45pm – 2:00pm
    a. Differences – Service, ESA, Therapy
    b. Allowed Questions for Businesses
    c. Penalties for Failures to Accommodate

Break | 2:00pm – 2:10pm

Session II – “Don’t Get Bit,” Ethics in Animal Law | 2:10pm – 3:10pm

  1. Overview – Common Themes/Concerns in Animal Law | 2:10pm – 2:30pm
  2. Example Cases | 2:30pm – 2:50pm
  3. Scenarios – Model Rules | 2:50pm – 3:10pm
    a. Pro-Bono Matters
    b. Joint Representation
    c. Multijurisdictional Practices
    d. Settlement Agreements & Future Client Conflicts
    e. Publicity & Decorum