Welcome to the Animal Law Section (ALS) of
the Louisiana State Bar Association.
Animal Law has been defined as statutory
and decisional law in which the nature—legal, social or biological—of
nonhuman animals plays an important factor.
The purpose of the Animal Law Section of
the Louisiana State Bar Association is to:
(1) promote and assist members of the
profession in the study and understanding of the laws, regulations, and
court decisions dealing with legal issues involving animals; and
(2) provide a forum for members of the
profession to consider and discuss the legal issues involved in human
beings' relationship and coexistence with animals.
In January 2008, the House of Delegates of
the LSBA voted in favor of creating this Section and further adopted
the proposed Section Bylaws. We are encouraging all members of the
Louisiana State Bar Association to join the Section with yearly membership dues of only $10.
All that is required is a desire to have the interests of animals
represented in our legal system.
The list of attorneys currently joining the
Section is diverse; Section members are from geographically dispersed
areas and include attorneys from both diverse political and
professional backgrounds as well as attorneys who practice in both
large and small firms, assistant district attorneys, and private
practitioners in all areas of law.
ALS is dedicated to
achieving several goals, including but not limited to:
maintaining an Animal Law Handbook which compiles Louisiana animal laws
and regulations, including local ordinances pertaining to animals;
Creating and maintaining a resources and brief bank for use by attorney
members of the Animal Law Section;
maintaining a referral service for and among attorneys practicing in
the area of Animal Law;
Creating and maintaining a referral service for the public which refers
people with problems or concerns to attorneys within the Animal Law
Section who will handle such cases;
Publishing an Animal Law e-newsletter;
Maintaining a website for the Animal Law Section with a listserve and
forum to discuss hot topics in this area of law; and
Actively recruiting a diverse group of knowledgeable, cutting edge
speakers for CLE programs on Animal Law.
Please check back soon for recent
developments in this exciting area of law.