Conferences The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty Conference

DEC 2: 8AM-8PM
DEC 3: 8AM-2PM

A conference that will bring experts together to assess the first fifty years of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and consider recommendations for the future.

Event Overview

The Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School hosted The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty, a conference that will bring experts together to assess the first fifty years of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and consider recommendations for the future. See the full conference schedule and speaker bios.

  • Larry Carbone (University of California San Francisco) – “Publication Practices for Better Animal Welfare and Better Animal Data”
  • Alka Chandna (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) – “Biased Animal Experimentation Oversight Committee Membership Undermines the Animal Welfare Act”
  • Varu Chilakamarri (U.S. Dept. of Justice) – “Criminal & Civil Enforcement of the AWA”
  • Kevin Esvelt (MIT Sculpting Evolution Group) – “Engineering Improved Animal Well-Being for Medical Research”
  • Anna Frostic (The Humane Society of the United States) – “Commercial Use of Infant Exotic Animals”
  • Samual Garner (Washington University School of Law) – “A Primer on Animal Research Ethics: The State of the Field”
  • Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University) – “Ethical, Moral & Philosophical Perspectives”
  • Kathy Hessler (Lewis & Clark Law School) – “Aquatic Species under the Animal Welfare Act”
  • Rebecca Huss (Valparaiso Law School) – “The Use of Civil Asset Forfeiture and Cost Reimbursement Provisions to Support the Prosecution of Animal Fighting and Other Animal Welfare Act Violations”
  • Jenni James (PETA Foundation) – “Unchecked: How the Animal Welfare Act Evades Judicial Review”
  • Bernadette Juarez (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) – “Animal Welfare Act Enforcement Actions”
  • Ron Kagan (Detroit Zoo)– “The Role of Zoos in Animal Rescues”
  • James Keen (University of Nebraska–Lincoln) – “Your Tax Dollars at Work: Food Animals in Federal Research, a Case Study”
  • Garet Lahvis (Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience) – “Non-Human Psychological Experiences and Their Implications”
  • Sue Leary (Alternatives Research & Development Foundation) – “Rats, Mice, and Birds Under the AWA”
  • Cathy Liss (Animal Welfare Institute)– “AWA Regulation:  Why Industry Has Embraced Performance Standards, but Animal Welfare Advocates Shouldn’t”
  • Michael McFadden (Farm Forward) – “Animals Raised for Food”
  • Katherine Meyer (Meyer, Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP) – “Contemplating a Citizen Suit Provision for the Animal Welfare Act”
  • Bruce Myers (Animals | Environment PLLC) – “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”
  • Carney Anne Nasser (Animal Legal Defense Fund) – “Rescue and Placement of Exotic Animals”
  • Kimberly Ockene (The Humane Society of the United States) – “History of Commercial Breeding Regulations and Necessary Upgrades”
  • Bernard Rollin (Colorado State University) – “Ethical, Moral & Philosophical Perspectives”
  • Naomi Rose & Georgia Hancock (Animal Welfare Institute) – “AWA’s Application to Captive Marine Mammals Including the APHIS Rulemaking and Enforcement History”
  • Leslie Rudloff (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) – “‘Considering’ ‘Alternatives’ to Procedures Likely to Cause Pain or Distress”
  • Ani Satz (Emory University School of Law) – “Animal Protection and the Myth of AWA Preemption”
  • Joyce Tischler (Animal Legal Defense Fund), and Valerie J. Stanley (formerly, Animal Legal Defense Fund) – “Analysis of Early Regulatory and Litigation Efforts to Enforce the Animal Welfare Act”
  • Paul Waldau (Canisius College) – “Ethical, Moral & Philosophical Perspectives”
  • Delcianna Winders (Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program) – “Discounted Penalties and Ineffective Warnings in AWA Enforcement” and “The Endangered Species Act and the AWA”
Confirmed Moderators
  • David Cassuto – Professor of Law and Director, Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment, Pace Law School
  • Varu Chilakamarri — Attorney & Chief of Staff, Environment & Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • David Favre – Professor of Property and Animal Law, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Holly Fernandez Lynch – Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School
  • Kristen Stilt – Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Justin Marceau – Professor, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • Joan Schaffner – Associate Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • Jay Shimshack – Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of Virginia
  • Delcianna Winders – Animal Law & Policy Fellow, Harvard Law School