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December 11, 2014 from 3-4pm eastern
Can I Do That? Ethical Issues when Working on Animal Cruelty Cases
Lora Dunn (Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Program of the Animal Legal Defense Fund)

Who can be present at the warrant execution of an animal cruelty case? After cruelty victims are seized, can the care giving agency publicize the details of the case to fundraise for their organization?

In our zealous advocacy for animals, we sometimes forget that lawyers, specifically prosecutors, are bound by certain ethical rules that may conflict with the interests of an assisting nonprofit agency. This webinar will address ethical issues frequently confronted by prosecutors, law enforcement, and care giving organizations in animal cruelty cases. Topics will include:

  • Working with nonprofits on high-profile cruelty cases attracting media attention
  • Handling evidence preservation
  • Privately funding a designated animal cruelty ADA in your state

This webinar will be beneficial for prosecutors who frequently work with nonprofit organizations on animal cruelty cases, but also for those private organizations and veterinarians that play the important role of caring for victim animals or support cruelty prosecutions. Register here.


February 26, 2015 from 3-4pm eastern
Is there HOPE?  How and Why a Prosecutor should be Proactive in Combatting Animal Cruelty.
Presented by Jessica Macklin Milligan (Assistant District Attorney, Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Houston, Texas)

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is devoted not only to prosecuting animal cruelty offenders, but also in combatting animal cruelty through prevention and education. Assistant District Attorney and Animal Cruelty Specialist Jessica Macklin Milligan recently created a new program called HOPE (Helping Our Pets through Education). HOPE is designed to educate elementary school aged children on how to properly care for their pets and to understand the consequences of animal cruelty, dog fighting and cockfighting. The goal of this program is to instill empathy in our young people, to teach students how to recognize animal abuse, and to show them what they can do to stop it.  Topics of this webinar will include:

    1. Why the H.O.P.E. program was started;
    2. How it was started;
    3. How the program is being implemented in schools;
    4. A general explanation of the curriculum being taught to kids;
    5. How the students are responding;
    6. The feedback we are receiving from teachers or the kids;
    7. The ultimate goals of the program; and
    8. Why every district attorney’s office should be reaching out to their community to stop the commission of crimes, rather than just reacting to those crimes after they are already committed.

This webinar will be beneficial for prosecutors who frequently work on animal cruelty cases or those that plan to start some form of public outreach, as well as those involved that care for victim animals or support cruelty prosecutions. Register here.


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Continuing Legal Education Credits
The Virginia State Bar has certified these webinars for 1 CLE credit. After the live webinar, you may request a Uniform Certificate of Attendance from NDAA to be submitted to your state bar for continuing legal education credits. You must be on the webinar for the full hour and must have your browser open to only the webinar (you cannot have any other screen open, including a screen to take notes) otherwise we cannot verify your participation. Upon request, NDAA will verify your participation and send you the appropriate forms. Please email NCPAA for this document.

Other webinars from our partners at ASPCA
Check out two free anti-cruelty online courses on Combating Dogfighting and Investigating Animal Abuse for Law Enforcement offered by our partner at ASPCA.


Alaska Child Maltreatment Conference
November 20, 2014, Anchorage, AK
Post-Conference Day-long training on the Link to Animal Abuse
More information

2015 Shenandoah Valley Multidisciplinary Conference
February 24, 2015, Staunton, Virginia
More information forthcoming.

Virginia Federation of Humane Societies Conference
March 18-20, 2015, Fredericksburg, VA
More information forthcoming.

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