Diane Balkin

Diane Balkin

Attorney

Diane Balkin received her bachelor’s degree from Tulane University  and her Jurist Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law. She was a chief deputy trial attorney for the Denver district attorney for 32 years. She then worked as senior staff attorney with Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Criminal Justice Program. Balkin currently dedicates her time on a local and national level training and consulting on the topic of  how to successfully investigate and prosecute animal cruelty cases.

Expert Witnesses In Animal Cruelty Cases

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Expert witnesses are an essential component of animal cruelty cases. They assist investigators, prosecutors, animal protection agents, judges and jurors in understanding what transpired and the resulting pain and suffering endured by the victim animal. This session will cover the who, what, when, why and how of expert testimony. Who can testify or consult as […]

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Preparing For Trial- Overcoming The Presumption Of Innocence

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Trial preparation is among the most critical stages of an animal cruelty case. The most thorough investigation may fall apart in court without adequate planning. This session will discuss how to overcome the presumption of innocence by organizing a case to prove the elements beyond a reasonable doubt. It will include how charging decisions are […]

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