CLE: The Elephant in the Zoo(m)


June 20, 2022 6:00 pm

NYWBA’s Animal Law and WBASNY’s Environmental Law Committees present a CLE Program:
The Elephant in the Zoo(m):  Should Non-Humans and Natural Resources be Considered “Persons” Under the Law?

On May 18, 2022, the New York Court of Appeals heard the habeus corpus petition involving “Happy the Elephant” and considered whether she is a person under the law. Recent legal efforts in the environmental field have asked similar questions as to natural resources, such as lakes. Join us for a thoughtful discussion on these issues, and the potential climate change and biodiversity repercussions to future generations should these efforts fail.

 Speakers: Courtney Fern, Director of Government Relations and Campaigns, The Nonhuman Rights Project and Terry Lodge, Esq., Law Office of Terry Jonathan Lodge

Moderator: Mariann Sullivan, Adjunct Professor of Animal Law at Cornell Law School and Co-Host of the Our Hen House podcast

Date: June 20, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom Webinar – invitation to follow upon RSVP
CLE: 1.5 Areas of Professional Practice
Cost: Free – NYWBA and WBASNY Members**
$25 – Non-members, please click here to submit payment
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*CLE Credits:  1.5 Areas of Professional Practice. The New York Women’s Bar Association is an accredited CLE provider. Approval of CLE credit is pending in accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board for the above-listed credit hours for experienced attorneys (those admitted to the New York Bar for more than 2 years) and as transitional credit hours for newly admitted attorneys. Please be advised that, in accordance with the New York State CLE Board Regulations and Guidance, while newly admitted attorneys are encouraged to participate in diversity programs, only experienced attorneys may earn credit in the Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias category of CLE credit.

** Free to NYWBA and WBASNY members, as well as members of the public not seeking CLE credit. $25 for non-members. Full and partial scholarships based on financial need are available. For info on the guidelines and to apply, contact CLE Co-Chairs Amy B. Goldsmith or Stacey Better Phillips at or 212-216-1135. All requests are confidential.