Annual Report

Animal Law Section 
Annual Report

Section Membership
As of July 1, 2020 the Animal Law Section has 57 members.

Financial Status
The Section had an account balance of $2,630.17 as of May 31, 2020.

CLEs & Events
The Section hosted 3 programs/events in fiscal year 2019-2020.   

Program Title


Event Code

CLE Credits

Number of Attendees

The Tragedy Behind ‘Tiger King’ and Annual Elections



1.25 Standard


Threats to Wildlife and Humans Posed by Lead Use in Fishing Tackle and Hunting Ammunition

06/11/2020 309459

1.0 Standard


2020 Preview - What’s happening for Animals at the Minnesota Legislature? Evening Reception



1.0 Standard


Annual Meeting and Election Results

The Section’s Annual Meeting and Program was held on June 15, 2020 and 50 people attended. 

Council Officers
The following officers were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2021:

Chair: Kristen Rice
Vice Chair: Kathleen Mock
Secretary and Treasurer: Beth Scheffer

Council Members
The following council members were elected to serve on the Section’s Governing Council from 7/1/2020 to 6/30/2021:

Tom Casey
Cathy Crane
Christine Hinrichs, Past Chair 
Michelle Lore

Section Accomplishments

• The Animal Law Section sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources in support of the adoption of Administrative Rules prohibiting lead fishing tackle and lead ammunition. The Section also reviewed other potential legislative proposals related to companion animals. 

• The Section supported and financially contributed to the MSBA Mock Trial program. 

• Given the recent COVID-19 situation, the Section was not able to hold their annual seminar; however, in its place held CLE webinars that resulted with nearly twice the number of usual in-person attendance.

Submitted By:

Christine Hinrichs, Section Chair 2019-2020