Dominion: A Legal Deconstruction (BOI)

Fri, November 8, 2019

11:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Concordia University School of Law

501 W. Front St., Boise, ID, 83702, United States (map)
  • Animals
  • Vegan
Tags: Social action
Event Description

The 2018 film Dominion ( won several awards for its exposé of customary animal management practices pertaining to six primary facets of our interaction with animals — companions, wildlife, scientific research, entertainment, clothing, and food. Utilizing high-quality drone footage and covert cameras at concentrated animal feedlot operations and within slaughterhouses, Dominion provides audiences with a perspective that has been traditionally shielded from view and inquiry, increasingly aided by “ag-gag” laws that have repeatedly been declared unconstitutional.
While the film is free to stream online, to amplify the educational impact of viewing it on a larger screen and in the company of colleagues, the Washington State Bar Association’s Animal Law Section is offering a legal x-ray into Dominion.
Complimentary vegan appetizers and drinks will be served.
Animal lawyer and Animal Law Section Executive Committee Member Adam P. Karp, J.D., M.S. will examine the following legal issues:

Federal, Idaho, and local statutes and regulations (including failed legislation) governing the issues depicted and discussed in Dominion
Federal preemption/conflict doctrine threatening to invalidate state animal welfare laws
The law of drones as it pertains to capturing images on matters of public importance (e.g., animal cruelty, public safety, environmental protection)
The law pertaining to audiovisual interception by use of covert cameras
Latest constitutional challenges to ag-gag laws
Typical federal and state criminal charges and defenses involving individuals engaging in direct action/open rescue, including very recent, highly-publicized cases and the “right to rescue” defense raised by DxE
RPCs applicable to the foregoing legal issues

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CLE credits approved for 1.5 general and 0.5 ethics.
$50 for lawyers seeking CLE credit
$25 for Animal Law Section members seeking CLE credit
$0 for everyone else (e.g., students, lawyers not seeking CLE credit)
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