Our Education Programs

Lunch and Learn Programs

Intro to Animal Law Program
Recorded: November 1, 2017
The program was created by the NYSBA Committee on Animals and the Law to educate both attorneys and the public about animal legal issues in New York State. This program is a great way to get a better understanding of the animal laws in New York State. 

Featured Speakers: Kirk Passamonti and Amy Pontillo 

Legal and Policy Considerations for No Kill Sheltering
Recorded: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
About the Program: The presentation will provide an overview of no kill animal sheltering around the country.  We will discuss legislative and policy tools that can be used to assist shelters in reaching the goal of saving all healthy and treatable animals that come through their doors.  Specific topics and tools to be discussed will be the common hurdles mentioned as barriers to no kill sheltering, the use of data to improve programs, community cats, and the use of resolutions to assist in reaching the goal.  Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.

Featured Speakers: Richard Angelo, Jr. and Andrea Joy (A.J.) Albrecht, both from Best Friends Animal Society

Integrated Rescue Teams in Disasters
Recorded: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 
GR3’s 1Hart program is designed to provide teams specializing in emergency response, rescue, and resilience care to animals during a natural disaster. While the bulk of person power and resources in the disaster relief sector focus on meeting human needs for disaster response, preparedness, and post-crisis services, 1Hart seeks to build animal rescue teams and integrate them with humanitarian response. Although conventional crisis management should also include preserving the symbiotic relationship between people and their domestic and companion animals, 1Hart explicitly acknowledges the need for emergency preparedness and response that includes attention to the safety of animals. 

Featured speakers: Malcolm Seheult, JD, Ph.D., FRSA and Joann Lindermeyer, DVM, MPH

The Travels of an Honorary Master Mason Guide Dog: Accessibility from his View
Recorded: March 15, 2017
Meet Gary Norton, an attorney, consultant, and mediator. Standing by him, since 2010, has been Pilot, his guide dog. This program will delve into the human and animal relationship - a bond between a notable man and his guide dog - and it will touch upon access law for not only those with disabilities, but the dogs who stand by their side. The program will also foster a discussion as to how we leverage our diversity, not to mention the spirit of the law, for good feelings with others. 

Featured Speaker: Gary Norton  

Doggie Dilemma
Recorded: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The Assistance Dog Industry is rapidly changing to meet the needs of those who are disabled. From the 1920's, when the first assistance dog was introduced, to the present day, thousands of assistance dogs are helping people live more independent lives. This presentation will chronicle the history of assistance dogs, illustrate the different kinds of assistance dogs, and the tasks they do for their partners. It will also concentrate on the new emerging markets of service dogs for PTSD partners as well as emotional support dogs.  

Featured Speaker: Sheila O'Brien

Humane Education Program 

The New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Animals and the Law, would like to introduce you to our Intro to Humane Education program. This program can help educators meet the requirements of New York State Education Law §809, which states:      

“The officer, board or commission authorized or required to prescribe courses of instruction shall cause instruction to be given in every elementary school under state control or supported wholly or partly by public money of the state, in the humane treatment and protection of animals and the importance of the part they play in the economy of nature as well as the necessity of controlling the proliferation of animals which are subsequently abandoned and caused to suffer extreme cruelty.”      

The Humane Education program we have developed is for children in grades K-6. Our program includes a comprehensive outline that educators can use, as well as supplemental handouts. Topics we cover include: the responsibilities of having a companion animal; how to care for your companion animal; the importance of being kind to animals; and a brief explanation of the difference between companion animals, farm animals, and wild animals. Throughout the outline, we highlight sections that are geared toward certain age groups (Grades K-2 and Grades 3-6).    

In 2002, the New York State Bar Association created the Committee on Animals and the Law to focus on legal issues regarding the interests of animals as well as those of pet owners and animal caregivers, and to focus on professional development and public education relating to animal related legal issues. Since its inception, the Committee has aimed to be a legal resource for humane-related issues pertaining to animals and is committed to making a difference for both animals and people.       

If you have any questions, contact our Education Subcommittee Chair, Ashlee K. Cartwright, Esq. at ashlee.k.cartwright@gmail.com. We look forward to working with you to bring this program to your school.   


Humane Education Program Outline 

Do's and Don'ts of Companion Animals (Handout)     

Do's and Don'ts of Companion Animals (Fill-in)

What Not to Feed your Companion Animals (List)

What Not to Feed your Companion Animals (Fill-in)