Over the Horizon in Animal Law: Legislative and Case Law Updates – C07

Hot Topics Track
Animal Law Section

Session C: 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Animal Law is an emerging field that encompasses a variety of legal disciplines. The program will provide a comprehensive overview of the recent developments of animal law in Connecticut and at the national level. Also, get an update on evolving trends in legislation, litigation, and academia in the area of animal law.

You will learn:

  • Case law updates regarding animals in the law including trends and new protections
  • Legislation that has passed recently and what it means for animals and their people

Colette Griffin
Howd & Ludorf LLC, Hartford

 Attorney Griffin is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. 1983) and Quinnipiac College School of Law (J.D. 1987).
Ms. Griffin is a partner with a focus on workers’ compensation.  She routinely defends corporations and their insurers in the Workers’ Compensation Commission for the State of Connecticut, arbitration and mediation venues. Her practice areas include Workers’ Compensation litigation, insurance defense litigation and she is a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist. Ms. Griffin is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut and U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit. Ms. Griffin participates in her community at the Center for Nonprofit Legal Organizations.  She resides with her family in Redding, Connecticut.




Debora M. Bresch, ASPCA Government Relations

Ms. Bresch is  a senior state legislative director in the Government Relations department of the ASPCA, which she joined in 2001, Debora lobbies for the passage of animal-friendly legislation primarily in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. She has authored or co-authored many pieces of pro-animal legislation that are now law, including Connecticut and New Jersey bills to regulate sourcing from puppy mills, dog chaining, and animals’ access to proper shelter; a budget bill to revive and reconfigure New York state’s low-income spay/neuter program; and legislation requiring humane methods of euthanasia in New York state shelters.

In 2008, Debora co-founded Connecticut Votes for Animals, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization dedicated to the political advancement of animals. She has a particular interest in public policy concerning the breed-specific question (and has co-authored related amicus curiae), pets and housing, and farm animals.

Debora lives and works in New Jersey with her husband Michael, daughter Sophie, and adopted 5 year old pit bull mix and Hurricane Sandy survivor, Hazel.

Jessica Rubin, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, UCONN School of Law, Hartford

Attorney Rubin teaches Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation; Legal Research and Writing; and an online Contract Drafting course at University of Connecticut School of Law. Professor Rubin hosts negotiation competitions, and trains students to compete in national and international competitions.  She created and, in collaboration with UConn’s Business School, runs the annual UConn Business Law Negotiation Competition in which law students work with business students to negotiate business law transactions.

Professor Rubin teaches a course in U.S. common law analysis and writing for international students pursuing their LL.M. degrees. She enjoys teaching international students at UConn and abroad.  During the summers of 2013 and 2014, Rubin traveled to Bilgi University in Istanbul, where she taught United States law and legal writing for the Open Society Foundation, and in 2016, she taught in Seoul, South Korea.

A member of the Connecticut and New York Bars and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Professor Rubin’s main areas of legal and scholarly interest include: practical skills instruction, with a focus on business transactional lawyering; writing and research instruction; and animal law, a subject about which she organized in partnership with the Connecticut Bar Association a recent on-campus symposium entitled, “Animal Cruelty: Legal Challenges and Potential Solutions.” She is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School.


CLE Credit: 1.5 Hours (AOP)