FAQs

1. What is being done in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

In light of the health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are monitoring the CDC recommendations to ensure the safety of our event participants and will provide updates to registrants, as available. As a courtesy to those who would prefer not to travel, registration may be cancelled free of charge. Please direct any questions to events@aldf.org.

2. Will there be vegan and vegetarian food options available at the conference?

All meals, snacks, and drinks at the conference will be vegan/plant-based. We will also have gluten-free options available at all meals.

3. What is the dress code?

We do not uphold a strict dress code for the conference, but most attendees choose to dress business to business casual.

4. Can I bring a guest to the Friday Welcome Reception or Banquet dinner?

If you are attending the conference and would like to bring a guest to the Friday Welcome Reception or Banquet Dinner, you must purchase a ticket for your guest. Please contact events@aldf.org for more information.

5. Why is this year’s conference not at Lewis & Clark Law School?

The conference sold out early for several years in a row, resulting in dozens of disappointed people who had hoped to attend. In order to allow everyone interested in attending the opportunity to do so, we felt it was important to move away from Lewis & Clark Law School and provide a larger venue. The conference will now be hosted at a venue in Portland, Oregon on odd numbered years and a different city on even numbered years. For years that the conference is outside of Portland, we strive to choose varied geographical locations so the event is accessible to new audiences.

6. Does the conference have an anti-harassment policy?

Yes, the conference does have an anti-harassment policy which we expect everyone attending, presenting at or associated with the conference to adhere to. To view the policy, click here.

7. Does the conference have a sustainability policy?

Yes, the conference does have a sustainability policy. To view the policy click here.

8. Will CLE credits be offered?

Yes, attorneys attending the conference will be eligible to receive continuing legal education (CLE) credits, pending approval from the Pennsylvania and Oregon State Bar Associations (Maryland is not a mandatory CLE state). Credits will be included with registration. For additional details, visit this page.

9. Will the conference content be appropriate for all audiences?

Conference presenters are asked to include an audience warning before showing graphic content in their presentations. Given the nature of the subject matter, however, it’s reasonable to assume that some presentations will contain content which may be upsetting, e.g. photo or video evidence that depicts animal cruelty. Attendees may choose to look away or leave the room during these moments, if they would prefer not to see this type of content. Younger attendees may register at the discretion of their parent or guardian.

10. Where do I find the written materials for CLE participants?

Materials submitted by the speakers are posted on the conference website at this link a few weeks prior to the conference. PowerPoint presentations will also be posted on this page after the event, pending approval by individual presenters. NB: we will not be providing print-outs of the written materials.

11. Will the conference be recorded?

The panels and keynote presentations will be video-recorded and posted to the Animal Law Conference YouTube channel a few weeks after the event concludes. You can subscribe to the YouTube channel in advance to be notified whenever new videos are posted. The conference will not be live streamed this year, due to cost.

12. Will there be merchandise for sale at the event?

There will be several different items for sale at the conference, including mugs, journals, USB drives, reusable silverware and straw sets and water bottles. We are also offering conference t-shirts and sweatshirts via pre-sale at this link.

13. I registered for the conference but am no longer able to attend. What is the refund policy?

Refunds are available until October 9, 2020. See the Register page for more details.

14. Is the venue ADA accessible and/or can my special accommodation request be fulfilled?

Yes, the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel is ADA accessible (see details here). You may also request a special accommodation via the conference online registration process (click here for registration information).

15. Are companion animals or service animals allowed at the conference?

Unfortunately, the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel does not allow companion animals. Only ADA-approved service animals, therefore, are allowed at the conference. Please leave all other furry (or feathered, scaly, etc.) companions at home.

16. Is student housing available?

We are not able to provide housing for students.

17. I am a law student and cannot afford to travel to the conference. What can I do?

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is offering a limited number of travel grants for members of our student chapters. You can find the travel grant application here.

18. How do I get from the airport to downtown Baltimore?

For information on ground transportation to and from the airport, as well as getting around Baltimore over the weekend, check out our suggestions here.

19. How can I sponsor the Animal Law Conference?

Sponsorship information is available on our website at this link.

20. What veg-friendly restaurants would you recommend in Baltimore?

Happy Cow is a great resource for finding veg and veg-friendly restaurants around the world. Check back here soon for our top recommendations as well as a Baltimore veg dining guide.

21. What else can I do while I’m in Baltimore?

For a list of Baltimore activities and events, searchable by interest, check out the Visit Baltimore website.

Law students are also invited to attend the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s 4th annual Student Convention, immediately preceding the Animal Law Conference. For more information and to register, click here.