Starting with Connecticut’s Desmond’s Law, Courtroom Animal Advocate Programs provide a statutory basis for courts to appoint independent pro-bono counsel to assist the judge, prosecutor, and defense counsel in meeting the interests of animals involved in cruelty cases. As such, these laws unite the goals of two legal fields: victim rights law – which argues that crime victims have a meaningful place in their own cases – and animal law – which argues that animals have legally cognizable interests.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s David B. Rosengard joins Justice Clearinghouse in examining different approaches these laws take to spotlighting the needs of animals as crime victims, and ways that Advocates working under these programs give rise to better outcomes, by fulfilling a role separate from that of either the prosecutor or defense.
Webinars in this Series with the ALDF include:
- Jan 20: Partners in Investigating Animal Crimes
- March 24: Responding to Animal Crimes through a Restorative Justice Approach
- June 2: Tomorrow We Ride! Investigating and Processing Equine Cruelty Cases
- July 19: The Complexities of Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse
- Nov 10: Courtroom Animal Advocate Programs: Approaching Animals as Quasi-Party Crime Victims (this webinar)
- Jan 19, 2023: Bodies of Evidence: Issues Arising from Search and Seizure of Animal Bodies in Cruelty Investigations
- Feb 22, 2023: Towards a More Humane Society: A One-Health Approach to Addressing Criminal Cruelty for Everyone Involved
Founded in 1979, the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. The Animal Legal Defense Fund accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are held accountable for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting legislation harmful to animals, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law.
This webinar has been certified by the National Animal Care & Control Association and is approved for 1 Continuing Education Unit. Please refer to your NACA membership portal for current CEU submission process. Current NACA Members who attend the live presentation or watch the recording will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Animal Care & Control Association logo. Visit the NACA training page for a complete list of future trainings.