In July 2013, Professor Marsha Baum presented on the evolution and constitutionality of Breed Specific Legislation in the ABA CLE program "Dangerous Dogs: Regulation, Civil Litigation, and Criminal Prosecution." Based on her presentation at the New Mexico Bar Animal Law Section's annual CLE last fall Professor Baum was invited to speak nationally on the subject. The program included two experienced attorneys, one a prosecutor and one a civil practitioner, who have handled dangerous dog cases. The final presenter provided information on tort liability for dangerous dogs. Professor Baum teaches Animal Law at the law school and also advises the annual animal law moot court teams. She is a member of the Board of the Animal Law Section of the New Mexico Bar.
During a research trip to South Australia in Summer 2013, Professor Marsha Baum was invited to speak in several venues on her comparative law research project on the legal treatment of animals in disasters and animals used in research. Professor Baum was a panelist at the Australia and New Zealand Disaster Management Conference, where she presented information on the U.S. PETS Act and the impact of the law from Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy. She also spoke on the U.S. experience with animals in disaster at the Flinders University Law School, where she was able to discuss her project with people associated with the Flinders University Disaster Research Centre. In July, Professor Baum presented on her project with a focus on the use of animals in research before an audience including veterinarians and disaster management volunteers at the University of Adelaide Law School. This most recent research trip for her ongoing project was supported by the UNM Law School Dean's International Fellowship, with research support from Flinders University and Adelaide Law School. Professor Baum's research project explores the differences between state and federal animal welfare regimes and the impact of the differences on treatment of animals in two specific contexts, disasters and use in research.
August 29, 2013