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Animal Rescue Law

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1.5 - 2.5
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This Animal Rescue Law Update will feature presentations on a wide variety of topics of interest to animal lovers, as well as a lively panel discussion.

Topics include:

  • Animals, Nature and Life in Sri Lanka
  • Rescuing Horses from Slaughter - An Update
  • Animal Safety in Filmmaking
  • Flying with Companion Animals
  • Animal Protection in Rural Areas

Lecturer Bios

Jacqueline Rudman Jurkowicz, Esq.

Licensed for 32 years, Jacqueline Rudman Jurkowicz is a lawyer in Saint James New York who attended Hofstra University

Thomas W. Campbell

Thomas W. Campbell has taught filmmaking, sound design and editing at Hofstra since 2007 and has been a professor at other universities, including The School of Visual Arts, since 2002. He is the editor and sound designer of an award winning documentary series about artists including Chuck Close, Faith Ringgold, Romare Bearden, Jimmy and Max Ernst, Elisabeth Catlett, Red Grooms, and many others. He edited and designed the sound for the feature film Pulling and just completed co-editing the documentary Spirit Guides, about the return of craft bartending in New York City.

Thomas has an MFA from City College, where he made the award winning documentary Birth of the Sun, about the 1980’s art scene in New York’s East Village. He is a member of the National Board of Review, where he writes film reviews and has moderated over fifty post screening Q & A’s with film artists including Jim Sheridan, Oliver Stone, Julien Schnabel, Gus Van Sant, Tomas Alfredson, Pedro Almodovar, Michael Haneke, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Kristen Stewart, Josh Brolin, Ben Foster, Robert Duvall, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Denueve, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Weinstein and Mia Wasikowska. A selection of his film writing can be read at his blog: In June of 2013 Thomas will teach a three week documentary film class at the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon, West Africa.

Robert Misseri

Robert Misseri, the founder and President of the New York City-based group Guardians of Rescue

Otara Gunewardene

Otara Gunewardene is a Sri Lankan Businessperson and Philanthropist. Through her work, she continues to commit to responsible entrepreneurship and philanthropy in Sri Lanka. With a total commitment to national interest in all that she does, Otara’s vision is to provide an example and mandate for peaceful progress throughout the island – uniting people of all walks of life with compassion as its driving force.

Along with her two older brothers Ruchi and Ajit, Otara’s childhood took the road less travelled quite literally, with countless family holidays in wilderness areas and many an animal-centred adventure, coupled with school at Ladies’ College and an early love of ballet and sports. Excelling as a young athlete, Otara raced through busy teenage years, reaching young adulthood with a decision to study Biology at the Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. Her experiences nurturing animals and volunteering at Sri Lanka’s National Zoo in Dehiwela made her certain of a future in veterinary science but life and destiny had other plans…

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