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Animal Law Section

2016-17 Annual Report 

Section Membership
As of June 8, 2017, the Section has 69 members.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $3,959.13 as of May 31, 2017.

CLEs & Events
The Section hosted 3 CLE programs in fiscal year 2016-17. 

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

Leaving Your Pets in Good Hands: How to Successfully Draft a Pet Trust (co-sponsored with Probate and Trust Section)



1 Standard



Service Animals in the Workplace – Making It Work (co-sponsored with Labor & Employment Law Section)



1 Standard



Annual Animal Law Seminar



6.5 Standard


Annual Meeting and Happy Hour






Annual Meeting and Election Results
The Section’s Annual Meeting was held on June 29, 2017 and 13 people attended.

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

Julia Stein Dittberner
Tim Culver
Jack Fay
Kjirsten Lee
Michelle Lore

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

Chair: Christine Hinrichs
Vice Chair: Kathleen Mock
Secretary / Treasurer: Cathy Crane 

Diversity and Inclusion
We did not set any specific diversity and inclusion goals.  Our primary focus is to grow the section.  We proposed a change to our bylaws which will allow for non-attorneys to join our section.  We have a number of individuals who attend our CLEs and Annual Seminar and are not attorneys but their work involves domesticated animals.

We believe by making this change we will attract more people interested in joining the Animal Law Section, resulting in increased diversity.  

Submitted By:
Cathy Crane, Section Chair
Date: July 7, 2017

Animal Law Section

04/17/15 2015 Animal Law Seminar Materials Book Purchase Here

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The Star Tribune reports that an estimated 600 horses have starved to death in Minnesota over the last four years. No respite in sight. Read "Minnesota Faces an Epidemic of Starved Horses".

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).