Incorporating Animal Law into Your Practice: Updates and Trends – C06

Hot Topics Track
Animal Law Section

Session C: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

About the Program
This panel will explore animal law issues that arise in the practice of law, including estate planning, insurance law, and family law. Specifically, panelists will discuss ways in which lawyers in general practices or practice areas not dedicated to animal law can incorporate animal law issues into their practices.    

You Will Learn

  • How to identify and handle animal law issues that arise in the context of estate planning, insurance law, and/or family law 


Jennifer E. Davis, Jennifer E. Davis LLC, Canton

Jennifer Davis is a Connecticut family lawyer with over thirty years of experience in divorce, high-conflict custody litigation and property settlements. She has been an accredited mediator since 1996 and received her first certification in collaborative law in 2005. She is a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and The Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce (CCND), and she directs the education committee for the Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group (CCDG.) She is a past member of the Oliver Ellsworth Inns at Court. She is a board member for Healing Hoofbeats, an equine-assisted therapeutic facility in northwest Connecticut.

Attorney Davis is the author of several articles, including “The Unexpected Collaborator”, “Collaborative Practice as a Spiritual Practice” and “Mediation – the Graceful Art of Restructuring Conflict.”

Peter Kochenburger, UConn School of Law, Hartford

Peter Kochenburger is the Executive Director of the Insurance Law LL.M. Program, Deputy Director of the Insurance Law Center, and Associate Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law.  He helps direct the Insurance Law LL.M. program and teaches courses in insurance law and regulation, including Principles of Insurance, Liability Insurance, and Comparative Insurance Regulation, which involves students and faculty from China, Europe and the United States.  Professor Kochenburger also works in the area of new technologies and insurance, and is a member of the University’s Transportation Technology & Society Research Group.  He has published in the areas of Liability Insurance and Gun Violence, Climate Change and Insurance, International Insurance Regulation, and Insurance Online and Consumer Protection.  He is a funded Consumer Representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and a consumer stakeholder with the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.  Professor Kochenburger was elected to the American Law Institute in 2013; he graduated from Harvard Law School and holds his B.A. in history from Yale University.

Laura A. Schuyler, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford

Laura Schuyler is an associate in the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice, where she assists clients with the full range of planning techniques for tax-effective intergenerational and charitable transfers. She also advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries on fiduciary compliance and other probate court proceedings.

Laura has served as a law clerk for The Honorable C. Ian McLachlan at the Connecticut Supreme Court and as a judicial intern for The Honorable Holly B. Fitzsimmons of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Prior to joining the firm, Laura was an associate in the Individual Clients practice of a major regional law firm.


CLE Credit: 1.0 Hours (CT: 1.0 General; NY: 1.0 AOP)