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ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Using mediation to resolve conflicts over animals

  • Thursday, December 07, 2023
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


  • The event is free and open to anyone interested in the topic. Please register in order to attend.

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ACR-GNY & CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College present

Using Mediation to Resolve Conflicts over Animals 

Pets have always been a source of love and contentment for humans. During the COVID-19 pandemic, people who never had time for a pet finally found the time and benefit of pet ownership. With this increased awareness of the physical and emotional health benefits of having pets in our lives comes the disputes that arise when they are taken from us.

This discussion covers common areas where pet disputes impact our lives in the law and how mediation is the best alternative to litigation. The pet is not forgotten in the mediation process.

What areas will be covered? Divorce and the new DR law requiring judges to consider the best interest of the pet; veterinary malpractice, trust and estates, real estate, civil, criminal and service vs ES animals.

This presentation will show just what Fluffy, Fido, Flicka, Polly and Rex mean to their people and how mediation can help everyone get it right for the pet.

Debra Hamilton

Photo of Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton and her dog

Debra Hamilton is the principal at Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC (HLM). HLM uses understanding-based alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methodologies to transform disagreements over animals in veterinary medicine, divorce and beyond. Debra facilitates nondefensive discussions between parties providing them the opportunity to choose peaceful conversation over litigation.

Debra speaks internationally at law and vet conferences and is the best-selling author of Nipped in the Bud, Not in the Butt: How to Use Mediation to Resolve Conflicts over Animals. She has an internationally received podcast, Why Do Pets Matter, and holds an international pet planning community call, The MAAP Plan, which helps its members navigate the journey their pet takes when they can’t care for it, on Wednesday evenings. She holds board positions on AVMLA (president); SVME; NY Save; The Center for Understanding; NYSBA Women in the Law; and ISCA. She is an advisor to NOMV-Clear Blue task force and Fear Free.

She is the go-to person for information regarding the use of mediation in disagreements involving animals for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Huffington Post, and US News & World Report.

She breeds, owns, and shows Irish Setters and long-haired standard Dachshunds.


The Roundtable Breakfasts are virtual meetings on Zoom. The link will change each month and will be distributed to all registrants the day before and the morning of the event. All listed times for ACR-GNY events are for Eastern Time.

8:00 am – 8:30 am | Join call to network with attendees

8:30 am – 10:00 am | Presentation and Discussion

About the Roundtable Breakfasts

The Roundtable Breakfasts are organized by ACR-GNY and the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College. They take place the first Thursday of the month and are ongoing since 2001.

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