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Animal Law

CLE Hours: 6 including 6 General, 0 Ethics, 1 Professionalism, 0 Trial Practice

Original Program Date:
Nov 29, 2023



  • Speakers, session times and credit hours are subject to change.
  • Ethics | Professionalism | Trial Practice



  • Presiding:
  • Michael S. Webb, Program Chair; Assistant District Attorney, Office of the Fulton County District Attorney, Atlanta, GA
  • 8:30
  • Greeting

  • 8:35
  • Welcome and Program Overview

  • 8:40
  • What is animal Law? An overview
  • Megan E. Boyd, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA

  • 9:40
  • A Universal Declaration of Animal Rights: An Idea for the 21st Century
  • Michael S. Webb

  • 10:10
  • Break

  • 10:20
  • Whales, Monkeys, Horses, and Pigs, Oh My!
  • Alexander "Sasha" Volokh, Associate Professor, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA

  • 11:50

  • 12:35
  • Dog Bite Law 101
  • David M. Zagoria, The Zagoria Law Firm LLC, Atlanta, GA

  • 1:35
  • Prosecuting animal crimes
  • Jessica K. Rock, Animal Crimes Resource Prosecutor, Prosecuting Attorneys' Council Of Georgia, Morrow, GA

  • 2:35
  • Break

  • 2:45
  • Professionalism in Animal Law Professionalism CLE Hour
  • Moderator: David M. Zagoria
  • Panelists:
  • Hon. Amanda R. Flora, Judge, Henry County Magistrate Court, McDonough, GA
  • Hon. Pandora E. Palmer, Judge, Henry County Superior Court, McDonough, GA

  • 3:45
  • Adjourn
  • Version 3




Mr. Michael Steven Webb's Profile

Mr. Michael Steven Webb Related Seminars and Products

Fulton County District Attorney's Office

Michael S. Webb is an Assistant District Attorney in Fulton County, Georgia and the Chair of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Georgia Bar Journal and the Editorial Board of Voice of Experience, an ABA magazine. Mr. Webb is also the author of "Copyright: A Writer's Guide" (Vision Press, 2020). In 2014, the degree of LL.M. In Generalized Legal Studies was conferred upon Mr. Webb by the Emory University School of Law. He is a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, hosted annually by Emory Law Scool.  

Ms. Megan Elizabeth Boyd's Profile

Ms. Megan Elizabeth Boyd Related Seminars and Products

Georgia State University College of Law

Megan is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law, where she teaches Civil Procedure and assists in administration of the COL's externship program. Megan is the Editor in Chief of the Scribes Journal of Legal Writing and has published numerous articles on legal writing in law reviews and bar journals. She is also a past president of the State Bar of Georgia's Animal Law Section and has published scholarship on animal rights and animal law issues. 

Professor Alexander "Sasha" Volokh's Profile

Professor Alexander "Sasha" Volokh Related Seminars and Products

Emory University School of Law

Alexander "Sasha" Volokh is associate professor of law and joined the Emory Law faculty in fall 2009.

Volokh earned his BS from UCLA and his JD and PhD in economics from Harvard University. He clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit and for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Samuel Alito. Before coming to Emory, he was a visiting associate professor at Georgetown University Law Center and a visiting assistant professor at University of Houston Law Center.

His interests include law and economics, administrative law and the regulatory process, antitrust, privatization, corrections, and legal history.

Education: JD, 2003, PhD, 2004, Harvard University; BS, UCLA, 1993

Mr. David Michael Zagoria's Profile

Mr. David Michael Zagoria Related Seminars and Products

The Zagoria Law Firm LLC

Professional Organizations

  • Member State Bar of Georgia, 1996
  • Member Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 1997
  • United State District Court, 1997
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Champion Member
  • Georgia Association of Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Georgia Bar Association- Animal Law Section, Past Chair
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Old War Horse Lawyer’s Club
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • Super Lawyer - Plaintiff’s Personal Injury

Professional Leadership

  • Speaker, 2016, GTLA Annual Convention, “Setting Up Dog Bite Cases for Success”
  • Speaker, 2017, Strafford CLE Webinar, “Dog Bite Claims on the Rise: Pursuing Personal Injury Cases Against Dog Owners”
  • Speaker, 2019, Fried Goldberg Breakfast Workshop, “Embracing the Perceived Bad Juror on Your Panel”
  • Speaker, 2019 GTLA Annual Convention, “Landlords and Dog Bite Liability”
  • Speaker, 2020, Animal Law Section Lunch & Learn, "Nuts and Bolts of Dog Bite Cases"
  • Author, 2021, “A Plaintiff Attorney’s Guide to Winning Dog Bite Cases”
  • Speaker, 2023, Strafford CLE Webinar, “Litigating Dog Bite Claims Against Dog Owners and Custodians”
  • Speaker, 2023 Fried Goldberg Breakfast Workshop, “Using Mock Trial Juries to Win at Trial”


  • Juris Doctorate – South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts – Sewanee, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, 1992
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College, Graduate, Fall 2018
  • Trial Lawyers College, Faculty 2023- present

Ms. Jessica K. Rock's Profile

Ms. Jessica K. Rock Related Seminars and Products

Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia

Jessica Rock is the State Animal Crimes Resource Prosecutor with the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council and a Special Assistant United States Attorney handling federal animal fighting cases in the Southern District of Georgia. She provides statewide animal cruelty and animal fighting case assistance for law enforcement and prosecutors.  She also provides statewide and national training to law enforcement, animal control officers, prosecutors, judges and veterinarians on a variety of topics including animal abuse and animal fighting cases from the crime scene to the courtroom and the link between human violence, organized crime and animal crimes.

Former Deputy Chief of the Special Victims Unit in DeKalb County, Jessica graduated with Honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. Jessica received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Emory University School of Law in 2003. After clerking for a superior court judge and the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, in 2004, she became Georgia’s first dedicated animal cruelty prosecutor, creating Georgia's first animal cruelty task force with law enforcement. As a former special victims prosecutor, Jessica has successfully prosecuted thousands of special victims cases involving homicide, RICO, gangs, domestic violence, elder abuse and child victim cases. Prior to training professionals on the link between human violence and animal crimes, she saw this undeniable link with many of the cases she prosecuted.   

In addition to her speaking engagements, she also works diligently drafting laws in Georgia on both the state and local levels. She is the past Chair of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and on the executive board of the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program and an Affiliate Faculty member of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Hon. Pandora E. Palmer's Profile

Hon. Pandora E. Palmer Related Seminars and Products

Henry County Superior Court

The Hon. Pandora E. Palmer was sworn into the Henry County Superior Court by Governor Brian Kemp on October 21, 2020. Prior to joining the Henry County Superior Court, Judge Palmer was appointed by former Governor Nathan Deal to the Henry County State Court on January 7, 2019 as the first female to join the bench. She has presided over the Henry County Veterans Treatment Court since May of 2020.

Judge Palmer was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1994, the Hawaii State Bar in 2001 and the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018. She completed a J.D. at Georgia State University College of Law in 1994 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Georgia in 1988. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s Program for Judicial Studies at the University of Nevada in Reno.

Prior to her appointment, Judge Palmer was in private practice in Jonesboro, Georgia until she moved to Maui, Hawaii in 1999. In 2001, she became licensed in Hawaii and served as the supervising attorney for the Maui branch of the nonprofit organization, Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline. Judge Palmer returned to Georgia in October of 2001 to open her private practice. In 2004, she joined the firm, Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC formerly known as Smith, Welch & Brittain, LLP where she later became a Manager. In October of 2012, she left the firm to open her own practice in McDonough specializing in the areas of family law, criminal defense, juvenile law, and personal injury until her appointment to the Henry County State Court.  She is the author of Divorce Proceedings in Georgia: What you Need to Know.

Judge Palmer’s memberships include serving on the board of the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, the Boys and Girls Club of Henry County, the Hands of Hope Board of Directors where she formerly served as Secretary, the Henry County Bar Association where she formerly served as President in 2016, the Atlanta Lawyers Club, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and the Kiwanis Club of Henry County.

She is a recipient of the Top 50 Southern Crescent Women of Influence Award (2023), the Alex Crumbley Distinctive Service Award from the Henry County Bar Association (2022) and the National Women’s History Month Award from the City of Stockbridge (2019).

Mrs. Amanda Renee Flora's Profile

Mrs. Amanda Renee Flora Related Seminars and Products

Henry County Magistrate Court

Amanda is currently serving as the Presiding Magistrate Judge in Henry County Magistrate Court.  Prior to joining the Magistrate Court in Henry County she spent 12 years working in the criminal field as a prosecutor, public Defender and an assistant solicitor general. After being offered an opportunity to take the leap into private practice, in 2016 Amanda joined the firm of Pandora E. Palmer, P.C. where she learned the ins and outs of a private practice which focused on domestic, criminal, personal injury, probate and juvenile court.  This allowed Amanda to expand her knowledge of the law well beyond the criminal field she had been practicing in for so many years.  Amanda currently serves on the Board of Governor’s and is in her second term doing so and is currently serving on the legislative committee.  She also serves on the Magistrate Court Council, as a District 6 Representative while also serving on the curriculum committee, executive committee and legislative committee.  Previously Amanda has served locally for the Henry County Bar Association in the role of President, Vice President, Secretary, and member at large.  Her community involvement included serving on the board of directors for Haven House (a domestic violence women’s shelter), Prevent Child Abuse Henry County and the Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center.  Currently she serves as Secretary for the Raise Me Up Foundation in Henry County. She lives in Henry County with her husband and their four year old son, Trevor.

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