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April 03, 2022

Barbara Gislason: Chair 2004-2005 & 2005-2006

Barbara Gislason is a 1974 graduate of Carleton College and a 1980 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law. She was a 1978 Regional Winner of the ABA Client Counseling Competition. In private practice since 1986, she was the Founding Chair of the Art and Entertainment Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and held leadership positions with the Computer Law Section, the Bar/Media Committee, the MIPLA Copyright Committee, and State Law Day. She also served as an adviser to the State Board of Law Examiners.

She is an adjunct professor at Hamline University School of Law, and teaches animal law with Lee Scholder. They also received approval from the William Mitchell College of Law Curriculum Committee to teach the first animal law course there. She is the Founding Chair of both the MSBA Animal Law Committee and Animal Law Section. Programs offered under her leadership include National and International Trends in Animal Law, Endangered Species Act, Equine Law, Animal Law 101, Indicator Species & the Health of an Ecosystem, Dog Cases and Other Adventures in Animal Law, Dangerous Exotics, Saving Wildlife Habitats, and Do Animals Have Standing?

Gislason is also the founder of the Minnesota Common Law Project in Animal Law. Ms. Gislason keynoted at the annual meeting for MNFRAC, the largest Agricultural Consortium in Minnesota, participated on a panel with renowned Professor Bernard Rollins at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Veterinary Association, and spoke about animal law and the Livestock Industry at the University of Minnesota Department of Animal Science in September 2004. Gislason has also been a guest on a variety of radio shows, including Discovery Channel, American Public Radio, and the Pat Miles show. She has been quoted at news outlets around the country, including Animal and as well as newspapers affiliated with the Minneapolis StarTribune.