This symposium will focus on Desmond's Law and the work that needs to be done moving forward to replicate Desmond's Law in other states. Desmond's Law enabled Connecticut to become the first state to allow legal advocates to testify on behalf of animal victims in cruelty and neglect cases. Judges have the discretion to appoint an advocate, but prosecutors or defense attorneys may request them. Advocates include pro bono attorneys or supervised law students who gather information, conduct research, write briefs, and make recommendations to the judge, therefore easing the burden on prosecutors. This symposium will provide an overview of the law and how it has been successful. It will also discuss companion animal cruelty laws at the federal and state levels and discuss what states need to do to replicate Desmond's Law. It will additionally explain why this law is good policy and the link between violence against humans and companion animal cruelty.
Animal Law Society
Special Events & CLE
Washington College of Law
Tenley Campus - Yuma YT17 Classroom
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW