Courthouse Facility Dogs - Now an International Practice for Improving the Justice System

Event Description

Hosted by the MSBA Animal Law Section.

Please note that this is presented remotely through live webcast via Zoom. Attendees will have the option to view online and/or dial-in. Thank you. 

Live Webcast Description:

In 2004, utilizing a facility dog to help people better engage with victim advocates, investigators, attorneys, and judges during the investigation and prosecution of crimes was considered an absurd idea. Since then, case law and scientific research has shown that the utilizations of these dogs are an effective way to reduce emotional trauma and has become a mainstream practice around the world. 


Ellen O’Neill-Stephens, JD, Founder | Courthouse Dogs Foundation

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Event code: TBD         

Remote Participation: 

Webcast and/or phone participation is available. Please indicate your remote option for dial-in when registering.  Instructions will be sent via e-mail a day prior to the program.


Animal Law Section Members:  Free
MSBA Members not in the Animal Law Section:  $10.00
Non-MSBA Members:  $15.00
Law Students: Free

Deadline to Register: May 24, 2022

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The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:

Geen Mui |

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM