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Stephen Dye Speaks at the San Francisco Premiere of the Award-Winning Hurricane Katrina Documentary “Mine: The Movie”

On October 23, 2009 by Schnader in Litigation

Mine, an award-winning documentary about the essential bond between humans and animals told against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina, premiered on October 23, 2009 at the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival.

One of the stories told in Mine is that of Jessie Pullins and his dog, J.J. Mr. Pullins reluctantly left J.J. behind when Hurricane Katrina chased his family out of New Orleans in August 2005. A year later, Mr. Pullins discovered that his dog had been rescued and sent to a shelter in Southern California. A Katrina rescue worker then saw J.J. on the cable TV show “The Dog Whisperer” and contacted Mr. Pullins. A Schnader team led by Stephen Dye, a partner in the Firm’s San Francisco office, volunteered to represent Mr. Pullins on a pro bono basis to help him reunite with J.J. It then took a long legal battle to get the dog back from his adoptive owners.

After the screening, Mr. Dye spoke to the audience and participated in a question and answer session. Mine is scheduled to air on PBS on February 16, 2010 as part of the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens.