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Ms. Diane Balkin

Contract Attorney

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Direct Phone: (303) ***-****       

Email: d***@***.org

Animal Legal Defense Fund

170 E. Cotati Ave.

Cotati, California 94931

United States

Company Description

ALDF was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Chief Deputy District Attorney
City

Chief Deputy District Attorney
City and County of Denver

Chief Deputy District Attorney
The Denver District Attorney's Office

Affiliations

Member
Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine

Education



Tulane University



University of Denver Law School

J.D.

University of Denver

JD

University of MN Veterinary Medical Center

Juris Doctorate

Jurist Doctorate

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Laws vary from state to state, ...

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Laws vary from state to state, and "it's all context," said Diane Balkin, a staff attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a California-based nonprofit group.

One conclusion might be reached if, say, a cat was lured by a disgruntled neighbor onto property with sardines with the purpose of killing it, she said. It might be a different story if a dog had a history of menacing people and was doing so when shot. (Other laws typically apply in cases of dogs that kill livestock, which the law views as having economic value.)
"I don't believe anywhere that there's carte blanche that you can kill an animal trespassing on your property," Balkin said. "It so depends on context and circumstances."
When people are charged in these sorts of cases, it's usually with animal cruelty, she said, which is a felony in all 50 states and is now being tracked by the FBI. In November, for example, an Alabama man was charged with animal cruelty after fatally shooting a neighbor's dog for pooping in his yard.


Resource Library | ASPCA Professional

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Webinar | Presenter: Diane Balkin, Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund


Animal Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association

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Panel: Daina Bray, Diane Balkin, Marcy LaHart, Moderated by: Yolanda Eisenstein Careers in Animal Law (1 Hour)

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Diane Balkin is a contract attorney for ALDF's Criminal Justice Program. She began her career as a prosecutor in the Denver District Attorney's Office in 1979, where she has worked for the last 32 years. When she retired from the DA's office on July 15, 2011, Diane was the Chief Deputy District Attorney (trial attorney) where she prosecuted all types of felonies (including homicides) and supervised a team of junior lawyers and support staff. Diane also served as the "animal crimes" prosecutor in her office where she demonstrated time and time again her commitment to ensuring both an effective investigation and an aggressive prosecution of every animal cruelty case within her jurisdiction. Prior to becoming Chief Deputy, Diane served as the director of the Complex Prosecution Division where she was the legal advisor to the Denver County Statutory Grand Jury and she supervised the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed against the elderly. She has also served as the director of the Juvenile Division and the Domestic Violence Unit. Diane was appointed to the Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine in June 2001 and served on the Board for 8 years. She received her J.D. in 1977 from the University of Denver and is a nationally ranked lecturer on animal cruelty investigations and prosecutions with a strong emphasis on training veterinarians;


Training | ASPCA Professional

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Webinar | Presenter: Diane Balkin, Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund


Training | ASPCA Professional

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Webinar | Presenter: Diane Balkin, Attorney, Animal Legal Defense Fund

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