Allie Phillips is an attorney licensed in Michigan and Maryland. As a former prosecuting attorney, she has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime, particularly animals and children, and raising awareness about protecting animals to keep communities safe. She is an author and consultant assisting others on innovative methods to protect animals and to promote more compassionate connections between animals and humans. Currently she is working with the National District Attorneys Association as the Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse and Deputy Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse.
Allie was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Michigan for over 8 years handling felony and high-profile cases, including heading the 1999 MSU Riot prosecutions. Since 1997, she has been training and consulting with prosecutors and criminal justice professionals. In 2003, she became a Senior Attorney with the National District Attorneys Association’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse and National Child Protection Training Center in Alexandria, Virginia. She specialized in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse, created a training program on the co-occurrence between animal abuse and intra-familial violence, authored numerous professional articles, and traveled the country training prosecutors, law enforcement and child protection professionals on best practices to benefit child victims.
In 2007, she joined the American Humane Association as Vice President of Public Policy and Vice President of Human-Animal Strategic Initiatives. She drafted and analyzed federal and state legislation to protect animals and children, including being the author of the 2009-10 legislative bill to ban pound seizure in Michigan (which passed the House and ran out of time in Senate) and a bill to ban gas chambers in Michigan shelters. She oversaw special initiatives related to human-animal interactions, including launching the Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS) Program in 2008 (now Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)™) which she created in the mid 1990′s. This program is the first and only national initiative to help domestic violence shelters create on-site housing for family pets so that families in crisis do not have to be separated from their pets or leave them behind in an abusive home. Allie appeared on The Today Show in March 2009 about the program. Her work has also been featured in numerous publications including USA Today, The Washington Post, Cat Fancy Magazine and Chatelaine Magazine in Canada. She also co-created the Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK)™ Program which sets forth guidelines on how to effectively incorporate therapy animals to help abused children, especially through the court process.
Allie is a nationally recognized trainer, author and media commentator on issues involving pound seizure, animal prosecution issues, the co-occurrence between animal abuse and violence to humans, compassionate human-animal interactions, pets caught in the recession crisis and innovative ways to help animals. She has conducted over 200 trainings across the United States to prosecutors, judges, child, family violence, and animal protection professionals, and has authored more than 50 publications. Her animal advocacy work has been featured in University of Detroit Mercy School of Law’s Magazine (December 2010) and as the cover story for Alpha Xi Delta Quill Magazine (Spring 2010). She is a graduate of Michigan State University and received her Juris Doctorate cum laude from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is an active council member of the Michigan State Bar Animal Law Section, Vice President of No Paws Left Behind, National Link Coalition steering committee member, Liaison to the American Bar Association Committee on Domestic & Sexual Violence (contributing information about animal abuse), Advisory Group member for the Association of Professional Humane Educators, and a professional member of the Cat Writer’s Association.
Since 2000, Allie has been an active volunteer for homeless animals. In 2000, she co-founded Friends of Ingham County Animal Shelter in Lansing, Michigan, an organization that increased the adoption/rescue rate of cats and dogs at the animal shelter by 400% in 2 years, and led the advocacy effort to successfully ban pound seizure at the shelter in 2003. In 2011 she co-founded Michiganders for Shelter Pets, a coalition to help remove outdated practices from Michigan shelters (including pound seizure and gas chambers). She provides pro bono legal advice to advocates and animal rescue organizations in Michigan and assisted three additional Michigan counties in their successful campaigns to end pound seizure. Allie now volunteers with King Street Cats in Alexandria, Virginia, a free-roaming no-euthanasia cat orphanage, where she was the former President, manages the website, photographs the cats, assists with publicity and marketing, and fosters cats and kittens. She also assists the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center Pets from Paradise Program by having shelter cats flown from St. Croix to Virginia so that they can be adopted into loving homes. After visiting the island of St. Croix in January 2009 to train at an animal welfare conference, and seeing the pet overpopulation epidemic and the need for mainland transfers and adoptions, she has helped numerous St. Croix cats travel to Virginia to be adopted through King Street Cats.
Allie is a Certified Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Certified Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, Practitioner Member of the Shelter Animal Reiki Association, and is a Universal Law coach certified as a Law of Attraction Counselor. Through her business, Manifested Harmony LLC, she provides energy healing to abandoned/abused pets, coaches people to manifest their best life through universal laws, and enjoys ballroom/swing dancing, gardening, yoga, and practicing healthy eating and lifestyles.