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December 2-3, 2016
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East ABC (2016)
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA


The Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School hosted The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty, a conference that brought experts together to assess the first fifty years of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and consider recommendations for the future. The event included conference presentations as well as a separate academic workshop.

This event was open to the public.


Day 1: Friday, December 2nd

9:00am, Welcome Remarks, Prof. Kristen Stilt

9:15 - 10:45am, Panel 1: Welfare Standards under the AWA

  • Anna Frostic, The Humane Society of the United States - Commercial Use of Infant Exotic Animals

  • Cathy Liss, Animal Welfare Institute - Animal Welfare Act Regulation: Why Industry Has Embraced Performance Standards, but Animal Welfare Advocates Shouldn’t

  • Kimberly Ockene, The Humane Society of the United States -  History of Commercial Breeding Regulations and Necessary Upgrades

  • Naomi Rose and Georgia Hancock, Animal Welfare Institute - Captive Marine Mammals Under the Animal Welfare Act

  • Moderator: Delcianna Winders, Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law School

10:45 - 11:00am, Break

11:00am - 12:00pm, Panel 2: AWA Interaction with Other Laws

  • Ani Satz, Emory University School of Law - Animal Protection and the Myth of Preemption

  • Delcianna Winders, Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law School - The Endangered Species Act and the AWA

  • Moderator: Varu Chilakamarri, U.S. Department of Justice

12:00 - 1:15pm, Lunch

  • Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law - Remarks

1:15 - 2:45pm, Panel 3: Regulating Animals Used in Research

  • Alka Chandna, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - Biased Animal Experimentation Oversight Committee Membership Undermines the Animal Welfare Act

  • Bruce Myers, Animals | Environment LLC - From the Animal Welfare Act to the Toxic Substances Control Act—How Chemical Toxicity Testing Reform Is Poised to Reinvigorate the Protection of Laboratory Animals

  • Leslie Rudloff, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine - “Considering” “Alternatives” to Procedures Likely to Cause Pain or Distress

  • Moderator: David Favre, Professor of Law & The Nancy Heathcote Professor of Property and Animal Law, Michigan State University College of Law

2:45 - 3:00pm, Break

3:00 - 4:15pm, Panel 4: Emerging Issues Related to the Regulation of Animals in Research

  • Larry Carbone, University of California, San Francisco - Animal Welfare Standards for the Full Research Cycle

  • Samual Garner, National Institutes of Health - A Primer on Animal Research Ethics: The State of the Field

  • Garet Lahvis, Oregon Health & Science University - Non-Human Psychological Experiences and Their Implications

  • Moderator: Holly Fernandez Lynch, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School

4:15 - 4:30pm, Break

4:30 - 5:15pm, Panel 5: Excluded Animals

  • Kathy Hessler, Lewis & Clark Law School - Aquatic Species under the Animal Welfare Act

  • Sue Leary, American Anti-Vivisection Society - Rats, Mice, and Birds Under the AWA?

  • Michael McFadden, FarmForwardFarmed Animals and the AWA

  • Moderator: David Cassuto, Professor of Law and Director, Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment, Pace Law School

5:15 - 6:30pm, Cocktail Reception

6:30 - 8:00pm, Dinner Banquet: Ethical, Moral & Philosophical Perspectives Discussion

  • Lori Gruen, William Griffin Professor of Philosophy, Wesleyan University - Philosophy & Animal Studies

  • Bernard Rollin, University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Animal Sciences, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, and University Bioethicist, Colorado State University - Philosophy & Animal Science

  • Paul Waldau, Canisius College, Instructor at Harvard Law School & Harvard College - Animal Studies

  • Moderator: Kristen Stilt, Faculty Director, Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law School

Day 2: Saturday, December 3rd

8:15 - 9:30am, Panel 6: Relocating Animals Under the AWA

  • Rebecca Huss, Valparaiso University Law School - Civil Asset Forfeiture and Cost of Care Assessments under the Animal Welfare Act

  • Ron Kagan, Detroit Zoo - The Role of Zoos in Animal Rescues

  • Carney Anne Nasser, Animal Legal Defense Fund - Rescued Animal Placement

  • Moderator: Joan Schaffner, Associate Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School

9:30 - 9:45am, Break

9:45 - 11:00am, Panel 7: AWA-Related Litigation and Other Efforts

  • Jenni James, PETA Foundation  - Unchecked–How the Animal Welfare Act Evades Judicial Review

  • Katherine Meyer, Meyer, Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP - Contemplating a Citizen Suit Provision for the Animal Welfare Act

  • Joyce Tischler, Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Valerie Stanley, Law Office of Valerie J. Stanley - Analysis of Early Regulatory and Litigation Efforts to Enforce the Animal Welfare Act

  • Moderator: Justin Marceau, Professor, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

11:00 - 11:15am, Break

11:15am - 12:30pm, Panel 8: AWA Enforcement

  • Varu Chilakamarri, U. S. Department of Justice - Criminal & Civil Enforcement

  • Bernadette Juarez, Animal Care Program, USDA - Animal Welfare Act Enforcement Actions

  • Delcianna Winders, Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law School - Discounted Penalties and Warnings in AWA Enforcement

  • Moderator: Jay Shimshack, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

12:30 - 1:30pm, Lunch

  • James Keen, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Practical Perspectives on Research and Animal Welfare

1:30 - 1:45pm, Closing Remarks, Prof. Kristen Stilt

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Sponsored by the Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School, cosponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund at Harvard University.


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