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Practicing Animal Law: An Overview of Federal, State and Local Laws That Govern Man's Best Friend and Other Creatures

12:55       Welcome and Introductions

1:00         Practicing Animal Law: An Overview of Federal, State and Local Laws That Govern Man’s Best Friend and Other Creatures

Heidi M. Mehaffey, Mehaffey PA, Plantation, FL

Animal law in and of itself is not one single specialty, but rather touches upon a variety of legal arenas that intertwine, such as contracts and torts, real estate and the Fair Housing Act, and property rights under the Right to Farm Act versus the right to quiet enjoyment. Attorneys are often presented with a jumble of facts to decipher and pinpoint the legal issue and desired resolution. This session provides an overview of animal law across the federal, state and local jurisdictions to assist attorneys who wish to practice animal law in recognizing the issues and appropriate avenues to resolutions through an overview of the law, study of cases and examples of real-life scenarios.

4:20        Adjourn

This program includes two 10-minute breaks

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Contributors

  • Heidi M. Mehaffey

    Heidi M. Mehaffey is licensed to practice law in Colorado, Florida, and North Carolina, and her primary practice areas are Animal Law, Emotional Support Animal Accommodations, Fair Housing Act, Environmental Law and Land Use practice, and Cannabis Law.

    Mrs. Mehaffey enjoys educating legal professionals, students, and interested persons alike and has presented lectures on Animal, Cannabis, and Environmental Law at Florida law school institutions and elementary schools, state and national CLEs, and the Farm Journal’s Hemp College. Mrs. Mehaffey has been published in the Animal Law Committee of the Florida Bar and the Mid-Atlantic Journal on Law and Public Policy with her articles focusing on the need for humane methods of operations for large scale factory farms.

    Mrs. Mehaffey has extensive experience practicing Animal Law, from representing disabled individuals in exercising their rights under the Fair Housing Act and/or Americans with Disabilities Act, to providing guidance to housing providers and employers on reviewing requests for reasonable accommodations under these laws. Additional, Mrs. Mehaffey has represented pet owners in tort actions against third parties; defended pet owners in dog bite cases; assisted nonprofit animal rescues from formation of the corporation to contracts with adopting families; as well as drafting local ordinances seeking to humanely control feral cat populations and federal guidance as the humane treatment of factory farm animals.

    Mrs. Mehaffey lives in Plantation, Florida with her husband Bryan and son Oakley, as well as their two Great Danes and three talking parrots. The Mehaffey's enjoy spending family time relaxing at their North Carolina home on Lake Chatuge.

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February 24, 2021
Wed 12:55 PM EST

Duration 3H 25M

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