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Canine Legislation Department adds Legislative Analyst
January / February 2007

The Canine Legislation Department is pleased to welcome Phil Guidry as our new Legislative Analyst. All canine legislation at the local or state level is written by legislative counsels with legal training, a necessary requirement as any enacted legislation carries the force of law. AKC’s Board of Directors recognized the need to augment the Canine Legislation Department with concomitant legal expertise and approved the addition of a Legislative Analyst position.

Phil’s qualifications meet those needs. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University-New Orleans College of Law, where he served as a student ambassador and co-authored an April 2003 article regarding legal ethics in the American Bar Association’s journal The Young Lawyer©. He is also a member of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.

Phil began his longtime involvement in the purebred dog fancy by competing in junior showmanship, the highlight of which was representing the United States in the International Junior Handler Finals at the 1994 Crufts Dog Show in England. Phil is a breeder/owner/handler of cocker spaniels, and has served as President of the Louisiana Kennel Club.

In the summer of 2002, Phil participated in AKC’s Summer Intern Program. He returned to AKC in early 2006 as a member of the Internal Consulting Group.

Phil lives in the Raleigh area with his two cocker spaniels, Pop and Girl.

Please join us in welcoming Phil Guidry in his new position with the American Kennel Club.