Conference Info

Saturday, September 24, 2016 (Speaker's Bios can be viewed here.)

8:00 - 9:00am: Breakfast and Registration is Open  

9:00 - 9:30am: “Stand Up and Speak Up!” Welcome: Laura Donahue & Shelby Bobosky, THLN

9:30-10:30am: Keynote: "Covering the Bases, Legal Strategies for Protecting Animals" Joyce Tischler, Kelsey Eberly and Jeff Pierce, ALDF              

10:30-10:45am: Mix and Mingle Break

10:45-11:45am: Prosecutor's Panel: "Prosecuting Texas Cruelty: From Investigation to Conviction” Felicia Kerney, Esq. Dallas County District Attorney's Office; Lara Tomlin, Esq. Denton County District Attorney's Office

11:45-12:15pm: Networking and Lunch Buffet

12:15-1:15pm: Luncheon Plenary: “Trends for Animal Protection Legislation Across the Country” Nancy Perry, ASPCA

1:15-1:30pm: Break and transition to first Breakout Sessions

1:30-2:20pm: Breakout Sessions 1 & 2

  • "Animal use in medical education and research: Progress and Prospects" John Pippin, M.D., F.A.C.C., Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) Click here to download "ANIMAL RESEARCH IN MEDICAL SCIENCES: SEEKING A CONVERGENCE OF SCIENCE, MEDICINE, AND ANIMAL LAW"
  • "Lobbying Tips for Non-Profit Advocates" Natalie Roetzel Ossenfort, Texas Office, Alliance For Justice


2:20-2:30pm: Break and transition to second Breakout Sessions

2:30-3:20pm: Breakout sessions 3 & 4

  • "5 Years Later: Challenges and Impact of the Commercial Dog Breeder Act" Colleen Tran, Esq., Charlotte Melder, Esq., Donaciano Vara, Lead Investigator, Texas Dept. of Licensing and Regulation
  • "Maximizing Political Muscle for Animals" David Balmer, Humane Society Legislative Fund; Katie Jarl, Humane Society of the United States


3:20-3:30:Mix and Mingle with refreshments in exhibit hall

3:30-4:00“Amplifying our Voice for Animals: Citizen Lobbying is Fun!” Audrey Perdue, ASPCA

4:00-4:30:Exhibit hall remains open while CE certificates are provided

Saturday workshops will be followed by our annual "Party with the Pack!"

Gala ticket included in full registration, or can be purchased separately.

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To see the speakers bios go to the Speaker's page.