Duquesne University School of Law

Service Animals and the Law - CLE

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:15pm

Event Location:

Event Audience:

$90 with CLE credit, free without

This continuing legal education program will tackle the legal issues surrounding service, emotional support, and therapy animals in our communities. Clients in business, government, education, transportation, housing, healthcare and many other fields face issues related to working animals regularly, yet much confusion and myth still surround questions about the laws governing these animals and their handlers. 

The CLE seeks to provide attendees with knowledge of current law at both the federal and state levels including applicable statutes such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, The Fair Housing Act (FHA), and the Air Carriers Access Act, along with similar state counterparts. The panel hopes to clear up the most common misconceptions, and provide attendees with substantive knowledge to help clients facing issues with service, emotional support, or therapy animals.  Additionally, the panel will highlight some new and innovative ways animals are helping our legal system and our community.  

In addition to our panel of speakers, an Allegheny County “Court Dog,” Penny, will be in attendance during the presentation, demonstrating how therapy dogs are now assisting crime victims to weather the legal process, including testimony. 

Speakers for the three-hour program include:

  • Ann L. Schiavone, Assistant Professor, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Dr. Faith Bjalobok, Assistant Professor, Duquesne University Dept. of Philosophy, and Founder, The Fluffyjean Fund for Felines
  • Matthew D. Monsour, Partner, McGuireWoods, and Private Rescue Advocate
  • Grace Coleman, Executive Director of Crisis Center North
  • Stephen Gilson, Assistant U.S. Attorney (invited)

Participants will be able to ask questions throughout the program.


CLE Credit 

The program has been approved for three (3) hours of substantive CLE credit. Attorneys interested in pursuing CLE credit in other states may request a Uniform Certificate of Attendance to submit on their own. 

In recognition of Duquesne University’s Homecoming Weekend, free coffee and doughnuts will be offered before the start of the program. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the CLE runs 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.



$90 – Three (3) hours of substantive CLE credit.

Free – No CLE credit, but registration required for morning CLE and strongly suggested for the afternoon program.

Scholarships available – request consideration

Members of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association receive a $25 discount for this or any other CLE course each fall and spring. Join or renew your DLAA membership and watch it pay for itself.


Free Afternoon Program 

A free program (without CLE credit) will be held in the afternoon, 1 – 4 p.m., in the same space, Room 203, hosted by Dr. Faith Bjalobok.




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If you have questions about the program, please please contact Colleen C. Derda.