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Oct. 21, 2013Everything You Wanted To Know About Gallery Ethics (New York, NY) 5:30PM - 7:00PM
A slew of cases involving some of the art world’s most prolific figures have raised the ever-growing specter of fiduciary obligations of gallerists and dealers. Gallerists are by definition fiduciaries on a number of levels, often without being aware of this. What most art context actors don’t know is that fiduciary duties trump contracts or oral agreements, and are imposed by courts. In fact, the core of gallery ethics cannot be understood without knowing what fiduciary obligations are. 

Moderator: Judith B. Prowda, Senior Faculty at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Chair EASL Committee on Fine Arts
  • Andrea Crane, Andrea Crane Fine Art
  • Richard Lehun, Stropheus Art Law
  • Serra Pradhan, Marianne Boesky Gallery
Oct. 22, 2013 - ALC/NYCBA: Symposium on the 30th Anniversary of the Cultural Property Implementation Act (New York, NY) 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Passed by Congress in 1983, the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (Public Law No. 97-446, 96 Stat. 2350, 19 U.S.C.  §2601 et seq.)  was the result of ten years of lobbying and legislative drafting and compromise by U.S. government agencies, dealers, museums,  collectors, academics and source countries.  This panel will explore the history of the Act, its implementation over the past thirty years and new ideas about improving the Act in the future.  Free for the NYCBA and ASIL members.

Oct. 24, 2013 - IFAR Evening: Art for Sale? Bankruptcy and the Detroit Institute of At (New York, NY) 6:00PM - 8:30PM

  • Graham W. J. Beal, Director, President & CEO, Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Richard Levin, Partner & Head of Restructuring Practice, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  • Frank Robinson, Retired Director, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University; Rhode Island School of Design; and Williams College Museum of Art
  • Samuel Sachs II, President, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; Former Director, Detroit Institute of Arts; Member, Board of Directors, IFAR

*Oct. 26, 2013 - ILA: International Law Weekend -- Panel on Careers in International Art Law (Fordham Law School, New York, NY) 3:30 PM
Like many human activities, the art world is becoming increasingly international. Works of art
regularly travel across borders in connection with exhibitions. These works also travel across
borders in connection with theft, looting, and trafficking. Today, art is sold and distributed via the Internet and other transnational media in ways not imagined just decades ago. These phenomena and others have created the need for lawyers specialized in forms of licensing, contracting, and dispute resolution particular to the art world. The panel will explore career paths for lawyers interested in wedding a legal career to their passion for the arts -- careers in private law firms, in museums, in government, and in international bodies."
Moderator: Paul R. Dubinsky, Director of Graduate Studies, Wayne State University Law School; Vice-President, ABILA

  • Lee Crawford Boyd, Partner, Schwarcz, Rimberg, Boyd & Rader
  • Raymond J. Dowd, Partner, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP
  • Charles Goldstein, Counsel, Herrick, Feinstein, LLP

Oct. 28, 2013 - Selling the Museum's Collection:  Is Deaccessioning Ever Appropriate? (The Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts, New York, NY) 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Panelists: Roberta Smith, The New York Times and Nicholas O'Donnell, Esq., Sullivan & Worcester;
Moderators: Donn Zaretsky and Pippa Loengard.

Nov. 1, 2013 - LCCHP 5th Annual Conference: The Monuments Men, Social Media, the Law and Cultural Heritage: Historical, Political, Social and Cultural Perspectives on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Times of Armed Conflict (Fordham Law School, New York, NY)
The Conference organizers will focus on looting and destruction in the context of warfare and civil unrest. The Conference will consist of a full day of panels that trace historic looting, prevention and remediation and restitution efforts from the Second World War to modern day pillaging. Registration begins August 26, 2013.
Nov. 6-7, 2013 - Plundered Culture Stolen Heritage (Concordia U., Montreal, Canada) This program aims to open "a key chapter in multidisciplinary human rights studies integrating research on history, cultural studies and the memory of atrocity. Rather than a competition of suffering between groups, it signifies the determination of scholars to learn from the shared experiences of First Nations, Armenian and Jewish groups for the sake of all groups confronting crimes against humanity and genocides intended to destroy their national existence." Conference is free of charge.

NOTE: Events with a * next to the date are appearing in the Newsletter for the first time.
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What's New:
  • Center for Art Law launched the new Art Law Societies page. If you would like to have your organization listed, please complete our Art Law Directory Form.
Competitions/Training Programs
  • Provenance Research Training Program Workshops (Vilnius, Lithuania) This is the third workshop of the PRTP, which is an advanced training program whose main mission is to serve the international community of current and future professionals of various backgrounds who are or will soon be engaged in dealing with Nazi-era looted cultural property and related post-Holocaust issues.
    Deadline for Applications:  October 20, 2013.
  • Writing Competition: The Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship The Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (EASL), in partnership with BMI, the world’s largest music performing rights organization, offers up to two awards of $2,500 each on an annual basis in Phil Cowan’s memory to a law student who is committed to a practice concentrating in one or more areas of entertainment, art or sports law. The deadline to submit your essay is December 12, 2013

Job Openings and Internships
  • Bureau Chief -- Charities Bureau, Division of Social Justice, of the New York State Attorney General's Office is seeking new leadership for its Charities Bureau, which regulates all non-profits doing business in NYS.
  • Summer Legal Internship: The Counsel's Office at the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers one unpaid, full-time legal internship in the summer for students who have just completed their first year of law school. Those interested should submit their résumé and cover letter for initial review to Jeffrey N. Blair, senior associate counsel.

New Publication*
  • Marie C. Malaro and Ildiko DeAngelis, A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections, 3rd Ed. Much has changed in the museum world since the first edition of this book came out in 1985. The revised edition is "an authorative, go-to book for any museum professional, Legal Primer offers detailed explanations of the law, suggestions for preventing legal problems, and numerous case studies of lawsuits involving museum collections." Order your book here.
  • Michael Bennett, Praxiteles: The Cleveland Apollo (Cleveland Museum of Art, 2013). Available on Amazon.
  • Simon Thurley, Men from the Ministry: How Britain saved its heritage (Yale University Press, 2013). Available on Amazon.
  • Judith B. Prowda, Visual Arts and the Law: A Handbook for Professionals, ISBN: 978-1-84822-086-7. The topics addressed include freedom of expression and controversial art, rights of privacy and publicity, copyright, moral rights, artist resale rights, the artist-dealer relationship, commissions, auctions, expert opinions (appraisal and authentication) and title problems and stolen art. $60.00 With questions contact Leigh Norwich or order on Amazon.
  • Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide. The fully-updated and color-illustrated soft-covered guide covers everything from theory and methodology, to legal and ethical issues, as well as over 50 connoisseurship areas. Book launch party September 17, 2013. Order here.
*Please visit our Publications page to see the list of books and articles previously featured in this Newsletter.

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