10:42am PST – Ike Lasater
Ike Lasater is a recovering trial attorney who was for 20 years the co-founder of a thriving San Francisco law firm. In 2002, Ike and his friend John Kinyon made a peacemaking journey to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The trip forged a remarkable period of collaboration between Ike and John, and eventually produced the Mediate Your Life training program. The two men spent over a decade developing their unique mediation method, which combines conflict resolution techniques with the science of habit formation and the human stress response. Ike has taught thousands of individuals in the U.S., in Europe, in South Korea, in New Zealand and Australia. In 2012, he relocated to New Haven, Connecticut, to oversee his growing business and to live in the same city as two of his three grown children and his grandchildren. A prolific writer, Ike will see the publication early next year of Volume 1 in his “Mediate Your Life” book series. Ike is also the author, with Julie Stiles, ofWords That Work in Business: A Practical Guide to Effective Communication in the Workplace.
11:39 am PST – Jasmin Singer, Our Hen House Executive Director & Mariann Sullivan, President of Our Hen House
Jasmin Singer (Our Hen House Executive Director) is a writer and activist living in New York City. In addition to her work for Our Hen House, which she co-founded in January 2010, Jasmin is a contributing writer for VegNews Magazine, and was named by VegNews as one of twenty standout stars of the animal rights movement. She has written for numerous magazines and dozens of blogs, and recently wrote a chapter in the anthologyDefiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and the Sexual Politics of Meat [Lantern, 2013]. Jasmin has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, HuffPo Live, and can be seen in the documentaries Vegucated(for which she was also the Creative Consultant) and The Ghosts in Our Machine. From 2007-2010, she was the campaigns manager for Farm Sanctuary. Her workshops have been presented at conferences, universities, law schools, and VegFests around the globe. Jasmin has been featured in media outlets such as CNN,Freakonomics, The Atlantic, and the New York Observer. Prior to her animal activist career,Jasmin was an actor-educator with an AIDS-awareness theatre company. As an actor, she has also performed in (and produced) the show Mortified, and was last seen on stage in the lead role of Exhibit This at the NYC Midtown International Fringe Festival.
Mariann Sullivan (Our Hen House Board President and Program Director) is a lawyer and an adjunct professor of animal law at NYU Law School, Cardozo Law School and Columbia Law School. She found her way into animal law through the Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals of the New York City Bar Association and eventually served as chair of that committee. She is also the former chair of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section’s Animal Law Committee. With David Wolfson, she is the author of a trilogy of articles on farmed animals and the law: “Foxes in the Henhouse: Animals Agribusiness and the Law, A Modern American Fable” in Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions; “What’s Good for the Goose… The Supreme Court of Israel, Foie Gras, and the Future of Farmed Animals in the United States,” in the 2007 volume of the Duke Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems; and “If it Looks Like a Duck: New Jersey, The Regulation of Common Farming Practices, and the Meaning of ‘Humane,’” in Animal Law and the Courts. Mariann is also the author of “The Animal Welfare Act: What’s That?” which was published in the New York State Bar Association Journal. She has spoken at various conferences and animal law related events throughout the country, as well as Animal Rights Africa’s Animal Law Review Consultation Workshop in Johannesburg. Mariann has served on the board of directors of Farm Sanctuary and The Animals Agenda, and currently serves on the board of Animal Welfare Trust and Animal Welfare Advocacy. She was a visiting professor of animal law at Lewis & Clark Law School’s Center for Animal Law Studies in the Fall 2012 semester, and is a former adjunct professor of animal law at Brooklyn Law School. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.