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The MSBA's Animal Law Section Presents


Animal Cruelty Investigation and Seizure in Minnesota: From Citizen Reports to Seizure and Prosecution

Straight from the headlines comes this timely seminar. Whether you are a civil practitioner, prosecutor or defense counsel, or just a pet owner, this program will give you what you need to know to understand Minnesota animal cruelty law.

The program will explain the roles of state humane agents, veterinarians, lawyers and judges in the civil process of animal seizures and rescues, and the criminal process in prosecutions of those who would abuse or neglect animals in Minnesota.

Each attendee will receive a new, 280-page, MFHS compilation of state and federal statutes and rules governing the protection of animals in Minnesota. The seminar will be highly focused on statutes, rules, and the related legal procedures. (The presentation of graphic visual occurrences of animal cruelty will be limited.)


Patrick R. Burns, Lawyers Professional Responsibility Office
Mr. Burns will discuss the ethical considerations lawyers must make when representing individuals charged with animal cruelty, and when representing individuals whose animals are subject to proceedings to remove them pursuant to warrants alleging animal abuse, cruelty or neglect. Many such individuals may be suffering from mental illness and Mr. Burns will discuss the ethical ramifications for lawyers involved in court proceedings representing such clients.

Reese Frederickson, Kanabec County Attorneys Office
Mr. Frederickson will be speaking, from the view of a prosecutor, on how to prepare and present the evidence needed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that an alleged violator has committed animal cruelty in Minnesota. Mr. Frederickson has worked with the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies' State Humane Agents on several cases in the past, and has successfully prosecuted animal cruelty and neglect cases in Kanabec County. He has lectured at MFHS Advanced State Humane Trainings and is very knowledgeable in criminal law and procedure as they relate to animal cruelty prosecutions.

Timothy J. Shields, Shields Legal Services PA
Mr. Shields celebrates his 30th year of legal practice this year, having graduated from the University of Florida in 1977, and William Mitchell College of Law in 1981. His practice is largely district court and appellate litigation. He has served on the MSBA Board of Governors, the HCBA Governing Council, the Hennepin County Bar Foundation Board of Directors, and is a past President and current board member of Volunteer Lawyers Network. In addition to his legal practice, for the last 15 years, he has served as General Counsel and administrator to the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies, the umbrella organization for the state's local and district humane societies. The MFHS trains, certifies and appoints Minnesota's State Humane Agents, and Mr. Shields works closely with them providing legal advice and support. He is a frequent lecturer on animal cruelty issues at the University of Minnesota Vet school, the U of M Ag department, and works closely with the U of M law school's Animal Law student organization. He works on a daily basis with county attorneys, city attorneys, sheriff departments and local police departments, advising them on proper legal procedures for animal cruelty investigation, warrants, seizures and prosecutions.

2.5 Standard CLE credits and 0.5 Ethics credit applied for.
The event code is 163800.



Date:   Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Time:   9:00 a.m. to Noon

Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast will be served.
The CLE program will start at 9:00 a.m.

Location:   MSBA Offices, 600 Nicollet Mall # 380, Mpls, MN 55402 

Animal Law Section Members:  $25.00

MSBA Members: Join the Animal Law Section & Attend the Meeting for Free (Section dues are currently 1/2 price):  $15.00

MSBA Member But Not a Member of the Animal Law Section:  $50.00

Non-MSBA Members:  $75.00

Law Students: Not Purchasing the 2011 Statute Book:  Free

Law Students: Purchasing the 2011 Statute Book:  $15.00

Teleconferencing is available. Teleconferencing instructions will be sent by e-mail on Tuesday, February 7.

Cancellation Policy:

Refunds will be processed for cancellation requests received in writing on or before noon on the registration deadline. Requests should be directed to the event contact person listed at the bottom of this notice. Cancellation requests received after this time are not eligible for refunds. You may send a colleague in your place if you are unable to join us and the registration deadline has passed.