Animal Law Section

The Animal Law Section of the Idaho State Bar promotes the education, training and networking of animal law practitioners. The section meets at 12:00 p.m. noon (MT) on the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November at The Law Center, 525 W. Jefferson Street in Boise. Participation via telephone conference is also available.

Council Members | Section Membership |Meetings & Events | Meeting Minutes
Section Newsletters |Past CLE Materials | Disclaimer

Council Members


Sunrise Adele Ayers
Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc.
310 N. 5th Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 345-0106
Fax: (208) 342-2561

Vice Chairperson

Adam Phillip Karp
Animal Law Offices of Adam P. Karp
114 W. Magnolia Street, #425
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (888) 430-0001
Fax: (866) 652-3832


Jaren Nichole Wieland
Gjording Fouser, PLLC
PO Box 2837
Boise, ID 83701
Phone: (208) 336-9777
Fax: (208) 336-9177

Past Chairperson

Heather Anne Cunningham
Davison, Copple, Copple & Copple, LLP
PO Box 1583
Boise, ID 83701
Phone: (208) 342-3658
Fax:  (208) 386-9425

At Large Council Members

Nance Ceccarelli
County of Nez Perce
1031 Showalter Road
Moscow, ID 83843
Phone: (208) 799-3073
Fax: (208) 799-3149

Frederick William Freeman
Neal Colborn Law
2309 N. Mountain View Drive, Ste. 160
Boise, ID 83706
Phone: (208) 343-5931
Fax: (208) 343-5807

Wade Franklin Hyder
Twin Falls County Public Defender's Office
PO Box 126
Twin Falls, ID 83301-0126
Phone: (208) 734-1155

Section Membership

If you are interested in joining the Animal Law Section, complete the Section Registration Form .PDF and return with payment to Dayna Ferrero at the Idaho State Bar, PO Box 895, Boise, Idaho 83701. Membership dues are as follows:

2015 Standard Membership Dues:  $25
Attorneys Admitted to ISB Less Than 3 Years: $10
Law Students: $10

To view the section's by-laws, select: Animal Law Section By-Laws PDF File - Get Acrobat Reader

Meetings & Events


The Animal Law Section meets at 12:00 p.m. noon (MT) on the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November at The Law Center, 525 W. Jefferson Street in Boise. Participation via telephone conference is also available. Dates for upcoming meetings are listed below.

March 13 2015 - AGENDA
May 1, 2015
July 3, 2015
September 4, 2015
November 6, 2015

To participate in the next scheduled meeting, you may RSVP at least 24-hours in advance, via email to Dayna Ferrero - please specify if you will be attending in person or via telephone conference. A meeting agenda and/or any additional materials (if available) will be provided to all participants via email prior to the meeting and posted online for reference. NOTE: Section meeting dates/location are subject to change.



Friday, March 13, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (MT)
The Law Center, 525 W. Jefferson - Boise
1.0 CLE Credits (Pending) - Animal Law Section Members

The Idaho State Bar's Animal Law Section is excited to host this presentation by Professor Richard Cupp of Pepperdine University. In late 2013, widely publicized habeas corpus lawsuits were filed in New York seeking legal personhood for captive chimpanzees. Although the lawsuits were dismissed by trial courts, they are now on appeal, and similar lawsuits are likely to be filed in other states. Professor Cupp will be appearing via webinar; his presentation will introduce the basic concepts of animal legal personhood, and will address some pros and cons of the approach for the interests of both animals and humans.

The event is free to the public and refreshments will be provided. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Dayna Ferrero. You may also contact Sunrise Ayers with any questions regarding this event.

Meeting Minutes PDF File - Get Acrobat Reader

January 12, 2015
November 10, 2014
September 15, 2014
July 14, 2014
May 12, 2014
March 10, 2014
January 13, 2014
December 9, 2013
November 18, 2013
August 12, 2013
June 10, 2013
April 8, 2013
March 11, 2013
February 11, 2013
January 14, 2013
November 30, 2012 (Organizational Meeting)

Section Newsletters PDF File - Get Acrobat Reader

Animal Law Section - Spring 2013 Newsletter

Past CLE Materials PDF File - Get Acrobat Reader

November 18, 2013
Linda Pall - Review of U.S. v. Park

August 12, 2013
Matt Hands - Pets Best Insurance

June 10, 2013
Dr. Scott Leibsle DVM, DABVP - Animal Care Investigations

April 8, 2013
Adam P. Karp - Animals and the Law of 1983

March 11, 2013
Idaho Brand Board's Role in Animal ID Health & Care

February 11, 2013
Adam P. Karp - Getting Emotional: An Exploration of National Caselaw Trends in Pursuit of Non-Economic Damages in Animal Injury & Death Cases


The Animal Law Section of the Idaho State Bar presents information on this web site as a service to our members and others who provide legal services to or are interested in the field of animal law. Our goal is to provide information, education and networking in this complex area of the law.

While we strive to be accurate and timely, and therefore hope to be a valuable resource to users of this site, nothing contained herein should be construed as legal advice and we make no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content at this site or the other sites to which we link.

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