The team at Animal Law Source has over 25 years of combined experience in criminal and civil law related to animals. Over the years the founders, Claudine Wilkins and Jessica Rock, have received hundreds of calls from professionals and the public needing guidance on cases or issues involving animals. Both former prosecutors, they have become the state’s leading experts on animal law. They decided to put all of that knowledge in one place for you – AnimalLawSource.org – your number one animal law resource in Georgia.
Claudine Wilkins earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1996 and graduated in 1997 with a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (LL.M.) from Vermont Law School. She started her career as a prosecutor in 1997 and began her own personal injury law firm in 2000. Since 1996, she has assisted in hundreds of animal abuse cases. In 2003, she created an annual conference targeting professionals who are involved in animal cruelty cases and has organized a conference every year since.
In 2009, she founded the Animal Law Section of the Georgia Bar, a mainstream section that offers resources to all Georgia attorneys. Her expertise and assistance drafting good legislation protecting children and animals resulted in local and State laws including: the Georgia Dog Fighting law (2006),The Responsible Dog Owner Act, a law that revamped Georgia’s dangerous dog law and protects the public by penalizing reckless dog owners (2012) and the Animal Cruelty Bill, a 5 year endeavor which amended our antiquated cruelty law (2014). She has trained over 1,000 professionals and continues training law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges throughout Georgia on animal law, animal cruelty, dangerous dog laws, dog bite cases, and dog fighting.
Jessica Rock graduated with Honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology in 2000 and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Emory University School of Law in 2003. After completing a staff attorney position for a Superior Court Judge, she began her career as prosecutor. Shortly thereafter she became the first prosecutor in Georgia to serve on an Animal Cruelty Task Force that combined prosecutors with certified law enforcement officers and animal control officers. As a member of the Special Victims Team and during her time as the Deputy Chief of the Special Victims Unit, for over a decade, Jessica successfully prosecuted thousands of cases on both the felony and misdemeanor level involving homicide, domestic violence, elder abuse, armed robbery, drug offenses, and animal cruelty.
Jessica has been training animal law professionals for over a decade and continually presents courses on the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty, dog bite investigations and updates in animal law. In addition to her speaking engagements, she also works diligently drafting laws related to animals in Georgia on both the State and local levels, including the most recent Animal Cruelty Bill. She is the current Chair of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and a member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals. She continues training law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges throughout Georgia on animal law, animal cruelty, dangerous dog laws, dog bite cases, and dog fighting.