Animal Law Section

2017-18 Annual Report 

Section Membership
As of June 20, 2018, the Section has 64 members.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $3,413.22 as of April 30, 2018.

CLEs & Events
The Section hosted 4 events in fiscal year 2017-18. 

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Dangerous Dogs



1.0 Standard


Not Your Typical Dog and Pony Show – Service and Assistance Animals in Residential and Commercial Settings



1.0 Standard


2018 Animal Law Seminar



6.5 Standard


Animal Law Section Annual Meeting and Happy Hour





Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on May 30, 2018 and 5 people attended. 

The following council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 2017 to 2018:

Tom Casey
Michelle Lore
Beth Scheffer

The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 2017 to 2018:

Chair: Kristen Rice
Vice Chair: Kathleen Mock
Secretary/Treasurer: Tim Culver

Diversity and Inclusion
We focused our diversity and inclusion efforts on getting participation from students and attorneys in out-state areas.  We welcomed a new council member from outside the Twin Cities in 2017-2018 and participated in an animal law panel discussion at the University of St. Thomas.  Our annual seminar also included topics that would be relevant to attorneys practicing in out-state areas, such as litigation surrounding feedlots, with the hope of attracting attorneys from outside the Twin Cities. 

We hope to broaden these efforts in upcoming years.

Other Section Accomplishments
This year we hosted two lunchtime CLE programs that were very well attended.  The Dangerous Dogs CLE discussed the dangerous dog statute as well as the implications and consequences for a dog owner who is designated pursuant to that statute.  In the spring, we sponsored a CLE that discussed the laws and regulations surrounding service and support animals in commercial and residential property.  Finally, the Animal Law section put on its annual Animal Law Seminar, which featured a great roster of regional and national experts discussing animal law issues facing our communities. 

Submitted By:
Christine Hinrichs, Section Chair
Date: July 2, 2018

Animal Law Section

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The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that when a potentially dangerous animal declaration is used as a predicate for a dangerous animal declaration, due process requires the animal’s owner be afforded a meaningful opportunity to challenge the potentially dangerous declaration.  Sawh v. Lino Lakes, 2011 WL 2982992, Minn.App., July 25, 2011 (NO. A10-2143).