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Meet the guests who have appeared on Pit Bulletin Legal News Radio.

Randy Hillier

hillierRandy Hillier is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was elected as a Progressive Conservative MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington during the 2007 Ontario general election. Hillier serves as the party's critic for both the Labour and Northern Development, Mines and Forestry in the provincial legislation.

Charles Edwards, Esq.

cedwardsCharles Edwards, Esq. works at the Law Offices of Barry Glazer, P.C. and is involved in a class action lawsuit filed against Armistead Garden Homes. The case began after Solesky v. Tracey held that pure bred pit bulls were inherently dangerous making landlords liable based solely on breed. As a result, Armistead Gardens sent out letters to owners advising them that pit bulls were no longer allowed on the premises.  Edwards filed a class action lawsuit against Armistead Garden Homes, alleging vagueness and denial of due process.  The suit also names the Governor of Maryland and the Court of Appeals among others.

Nadia Adawi, Esq.

adawiMs. Adawi is a solo practitioner based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a statewide practice in Animal Law. Her practice focuses on farm animal welfare, dangerous dog defenses, citizen suits under environmental laws, and non-profit incorporation and contracts for animal rescue organizations.She is a 2011 graduate of Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law in Philadelphia, following two successful prior careers in renewable energy and telecommunications. Nadia holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri. She received a 2006 Renewable Energy Leadership Award for Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and was  names as a Woman of Distinction in 2001 by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Jeff Theman

themanJeff Theman made the documentary film Guilty "Til Proven Innocent. The film chronicles breed-discriminatory legislation in Ohio since its inception and challenges its future. The documentary maintains a somewhat unbiased stance so that the interviews can tell the story and the viewer can decide for themselves whether BDL is right or wrong. People from both sides of the debate were interviewed—including the two politicians who passed Ohio's breed-discriminatory law back in 1987. Other interviews include Best Friends’ Ledy VanKavage, National Canine Research Council’s Don Cleary, Ohio Coalition of Dog Advocates’ Jean Keating, animal behaviorist Ken McCort, and members of Rescue Ink.

Ryan Clinton, Esq.

clintonRyan Clinton is a Texas appellate attorney at the law firm Hankinson LLP. A former Assistant Solicitor General for the State of Texas, Ryan has handled some of the most high-profile appellate litigation in Texas—including state and federal litigation related to the tragic collapse of the Texas A&M Aggie Bonfire. Outside of work, Ryan is a committed advocate for homeless dogs and cats. Ryan lives and works in Austin, Texas, where he founded FixAustin.org, an animal-advocacy organization aiming to make Austin a “No Kill” community.

Ryan has eight times been named one of the best attorneys in Texas under the age of 40 in Texas Monthly magazine, has successfully argued in the Texas Supreme Court four times, and was named a finalist for the young professional of the year award by Austin Under 40. In 2009, Ryan was a recipient of the Henry Bergh Leadership Award given by the Oakland, California-based No Kill Advocacy Center for his advocacy on behalf of companion animals. His advocacy work has been featured by the Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle, the Baton Rouge Advocate, The American Dog Magazine, and Best Friends, and his guest columns have appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, the Contra Costa Times, and the Durham Herald-Sun.

Gordon Shell

shellGordon "Shotgun" Shell is a former MMA fighter who was diagnosed with a failing heart and dedicated the proceeds of his last fight on September 15, 2012, to help end dog fighting. He won a convincing victory by knockout in 38 seconds at Meadowbrook Theatre in Rochester Hills, Michigan. With assistance from the Michigan Humane Society, the funds generated from Gordon's last fight will be used to assist animals abused from the practice of dog fighting. A documentary is being made of his last fight and his campaign to stop dog fighting. He is also well known for his T-shirt that challenges Michael Vick to fight him.   

Jim Crosby

crosbyJim Crosby, CBCC-KA, consults with Animal Control and Law Enforcement authorities on serious and fatal dog attacks, combining crime scene investigation, detailed interviews, and dog evaluation to give a detailed behavioral analysis of the incident. He is working on a book entitled "Working the Worst: A Guide to Investigating Dog Related Fatalities" to be released this year. He is a professional dog trainer, retired police lieutenant from the Jacksonville, Florida sheriff's office and former Animal Control Division Manager. His website is www.canineaggression.blogspot.com and he can be reached at 904-476-7655.

Dawn Capp, Esq.

cappDawn Capp, M.S., J.D. is an attorney and published author. She grew up around Pit Bulls, bumping around shows and weight pull contests with her parents and the family dogs, Chako and Rosie. Dawn founded Chako rescue in 1997 in College Station, Texas. Her first book, American Pit Bull Terriers, Fact or Fiction -- The Truth Behind One of America's Most Popular Breeds was published by Bowtie Press in 2004. Ms. Capp currenty resides in northern California and owns two Pit Bulls of her own -- Savvy and Tauri. She also teaches Pit Bull education classes in northern California and provides private consultation to Pit Bull owners. She appeared as a major participant in the documentary "Beyond The Myth" where she discussed the mandatory spay and neuter program in San Francisco.

John Dunham

DunhamJohn Dunham heads an economic research firm with 25 years of experience and specializing in government relations. His firm specialized in economic impact studies providing information to clients on the fiscal impact of legislation. His firm provided the information and model for Best Friends Fiscal Impact Calculator.

  

 

 

Kathy McGuire

mcguireKathy McGuire is President and Executive Director of New Jersey Aid for Animals an all volunteer non-profit organization she founded and incorporated in 2005 striving to end suffering of animals through advocacy, action and impact. Heading up the all volunteer humane charity, McGuire advocates the mission of NJAFA to community leaders, corporations, politicians and other like minded agencies and volunteers.

McGure received her AA in Business for Owens College in Perrysburg, Ohio, and has since layered that degree with many certifications, including Animal Control Officer from Ocean County College, Animal Cruelty Investigation from Ocean County Police Academy and Advanced Training in Dog Fighting.  She also facilitates a course How the Private Citizen Can Recognize and Report Abuse for Successful Prosecution. Notably, McGuire is the only private citizen in New Jersey to get a conviction of another citizen without involvement with law enforcement.

 

Katie Bray Barnett, Esq.

barnettKatie Bray Barnett, Esq. is a Program/Legislative Analyst for Best Friends Pit Bull Terrier Initiative. She received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law, where she founded the school's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. For the past 10 years she has coordinated the successful adoption of hundreds of pit bull terrier type dogs. She has also traveled to various locations  to help with large scale animal resuces and dogfighting seizures, assisting law enforcement with the evaluation of seized dogs. She is also the co-author of "The Fiscal Impact of Breed Discriminatory Laws at the Dawn of Doggy DNA." She has presented the issue of the hidden financial cost of BDL to various governmental entities with success.