Courtroom Animal Advocate Programs: At the Crossroads of Crime Victim Law and Animal Law

Courtroom Animal Advocate Programs: At the Crossroads of Crime Victim Law and Animal Law
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2021-06-15
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Courtroom Animal Advocate Programs

One of the great shifts in the modern framing criminal justice in the United States has been the success of the crime victim movement in arguing that crime victims have a meaningful place in criminal law, distinct from both the state and defendants. More recently, various jurisdictions have applied similar concepts to cases involving crimes against animals—by providing the animal victim with a legal advocate. Most notably Connecticut’s passage of Desmond’s Law established a state-wide system for doing just that: allowing pro-bono attorneys and supervised law students to be appointed in certain animal cases. This model that has since been adopted in Maine, and similar laws are being considered in about a half dozen statehouses.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s David B. Rosengard joins Justice Clearinghouse to explore how these laws work, what their impact is, and what the future is likely to hold in this cutting-edge area where animal law and crime victim law overlap.



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** This webinar has been certified by the National Animal Care and Control Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details. Current NACA Members who attend will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Animal Care & Control Association logo.