Second Panel : Creating Change through Ballot Initiatives: A Review of Florida’s Campaign to End the Cruelty of Greyhound Racing



Jon Golinger

Jon Golinger is an election law attorney, and neighborhood leader in San Francisco. Over the last two decades, Jon has led numerous successful environmental and public interest campaigns, including No Wall on the Waterfront, Protect Coit Tower, Don't Silence SF Voters, Citizens to Save the Waterfront, and the Coalition for a Clean and Reliable MUNI.

Christine A. Dorchak, President and General Counsel

A co-founder of GREY2K USA Worldwide, Christine Dorchak has extensive professional experience in the animal protection movement. Before obtaining her law degree, she worked as Research Director for the New England Anti-Vivisection Society and was the manager of the Ellen Gifford Sheltering Home for Cats in Boston. Christine specializes in pari-mutuel law and has drafted laws to successfully prohibit dog racing in several states and countries. She has been featured in several national publications including the Huffington Post, American Dog, Fido Friendly and Bostonia and provided commentary pieces for news outlets such as the Miami Herald, Lowell Sun, Chicago Examiner and Lawyer's Weekly. A long-distance runner all of her life, she has competed in seven Boston Marathons. Christine enjoys spending free time with her four cats and adopted greyhounds Gina and Brooklyn.


Alex Rifkind

Alex Rifkind is a Bay Area native and holds a B.S. in Nueropharmacology and a M.S. in Biological Sciences. Prior to coming to GGU Law, he worked in the fields of translational and clinical research, as well as real estate investment and development. He is a second year law student with interests real estate, estate planning, and taxation and will pursue dual LLM degrees in estate planning and taxation after graduation. In his spare time you can find Alex training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muy Thai Kickboxing, exploring the outdoors with his two ex-racer greyhounds, Siren and Grimm, and riding his motorcycle along Highway 1.


Moderator: Thomas Johnson

Thomas Is the Vice Chair of SALDF and a 2L at Golden Gate University.