2021 Animal Law Symposium

Date: Dec 11, 2021 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Event Code: I059821

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Earn up to 4.5 credits! (More Information)




Michelle Lerner, Esq.
Michelle Lerner, Esq., Flanders
Paul J. Tartanella, Esq
Paul J. Tartanella, Esq, Pennington


Elenora L. Benz, Esq.
Elenora L. Benz, Esq., Newton
Gina A. Calogero, Esq.
Gina A. Calogero, Attorney At Law, Franklin
Raymond J. Lesniak, Esq
Raymond J. Lesniak Esq., Elizabeth
is founder and President of the Lesniak Institute for American Leadership, Kean University, in Union, New Jersey, which strives to develop the next generation of American leaders by teaching and celebrating the principles of effective advocacy. He is a former Senator in the New Jersey State Legislature, serving Legislative District 20 from 1984-2018, and had District Offices in Union and Elizabeth, New Jersey. He has been an attorney with Weiner Lesniak and served in the General Assembly from 1978-83 before being elected to the Senate in 1983.

Senator Lesniak has been Chair of the Economic Growth Committee, Vice Chair of the Commerce Committee and a member of the Judiciary Committee. Early in his tenure, he sponsored landmark environmental policies including the Environmental Cleanup Responsibility Act (ECRA), the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Pesticide Control Act, making New Jersey the first in the nation to tackle such issues. Senator Lesniak sponsored the law to legalize sports wagering at New Jersey casinos and racetracks, and has pushed to allow casinos in Atlantic City to expand their operations into intrastate Internet wagering. He sponsored the repeal of the death penalty, sponsored legislation to reform the criminal justice system, and has worked with the New Jersey Humane Society and other animal rights advocacy organizations on bills to prevent animal cruelty, including legislation banning the trade of ivory products, banning trophies of endangered species from entering New Jersey, ending the sale of shark fins in the state and ending the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling animal performance acts. Past Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, he was also at the forefront of efforts to allow same-sex couples to marry in New Jersey.

Senator Lesniak is the author of The Road to Abolition: How New Jersey Abolished the Death Penalty and co-author, with Loretta Weinberg, of What’s Love Got to Do With It?: The Case for Same-Sex Marriage. He founded The Road to Justice and Peace, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting social justice causes in New Jersey and abroad, and Democrats for the Soul, a social charity. Senator Lesniak is working to ban puppy mills and gestation crates; end the bear hunt, killing contests, and unethical deer population management strategies; and establish a Courtroom Animal Advocacy Program (CAAP) in New Jersey. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Public Service Award from the Jewish Education Center, the Paul L. Troast Award for Distinguished Public Service from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, and Legislator of the Year from the Medical Society of New Jersey.

Senator Lesniak received his A.B. from Rutgers University and his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law. He served as a Specialist Fourth Class in the United States Army from 1967-69.
Melissa A. Martinez, Esq.
Melissa A. Martinez, Esq., Haddonfield

Animal Law continues to be a practice area undergoing significant growth and change. The need to understand legal issues related to animals is becoming a necessity for practitioners in many areas of the law. No matter what area of the law you practice, the 2021 Animal Law Symposium will get you up to date on the latest developments in this ever-evolving practice area, including case law, regulatory changes, and legislative initiatives.

The symposium will be particularly useful especially to those who practice family, trusts and estates, and municipal law. If you don’t practice in any of those areas, but you have a pet of your own or you are simply an animal lover, this program is still for you.


CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 4.5 hours of total CLE credit (Full Credits Available: NJ General: 4.5).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Professional Practice Non-Transitional: 4.5
PA CLE:PA Substantive Credit: 3.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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