LACBA Creates Animal Law Section

Increasing interest in animal rights prompts development of the association's 30th practice section

The Los Angeles County Bar Association's (LACBA) Board of Trustees has approved the creation of an Animal Law Section for members.

"Few lawyers work full time in this practice area, but animals' interests are increasingly being recognized within legal frameworks," explains Brad Pauley, an appellate lawyer at Horvitz & Levy and LACBA Immediate Past President. Pauley points to several legislative examples, including California's recent  Assembly Bill 1881, or "Dog and Cat Bill of Rights," which would have provided canines and felines freedom from neglect and abuse as well as the right to healthcare, nutritious food, and appropriate exercise.

LACBA was founded in 1878 and is one of the largest voluntary metropolitan bar associations in the country. LACBA serves attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals through 30 Sections, various committees, networking events, live and on-demand CLE programs, and pro bono opportunities, as well as public service and informational resources.


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