To promote the study and understanding of laws, regulations, and court decisions involving animals.
The State Bar of Arizona Animal Law Section is on the cutting edge of the emerging field of animal law. Arizona is one of only six states that have animal law sections. The others are Connecticut, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas and Washington. The American Bar Association also recently added an Animal Law Committee that is part of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS).
Section members practice throughout the state, and include public lawyers, sole practitioners and lawyers practicing in large firms. The Animal Law Section also invites non-attorneys to join as non-voting affiliates.
Members' interests in animals are also diverse. Many of the section's members prosecute animal cruelty cases. Others are estate planning/probate attorneys who have expertise in assisting their clients on ways to provide for companion animals in the event of the client's disability or death. Some serve on the boards of non-profit animal shelters or organizations that advocate for animal protection. Others represent businesses that involve animals such as greyhound racing. Some represent pet owners in civil disputes involving their pets. Some are horse people, dog people, cat people or bird people. Many are animal lovers, in general, or just interested in this emerging area of the law. The minutes of the latest meeting are available here.
Interested in joining this section? Enroll now to start networking and collaborating with members in your practice area!
SBA Section Administrator
270 N Church Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701