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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.

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*Nov. 6, 2013 -- Careers in Art Law Panel & Reception (Cardozo Art Law Society, New York, NY) 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Prominent New York Art Lawyers will discuss their career paths and their current positions, while giving advice on how to succeed in this exciting niche field. Our distinguished panelists will be there to tell you how they got where they are, what they’re up to now, and how you too can be a lawyer that works with art.
  • Frank Lord, Herrick, Feinstein LLP’s Art Law Practice Group
  • Kathryn E. Wagner, Executive Director, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • Katerina I. Duarte, Law Office of Katerina I. Duarte
*Nov. 8-9, 2013 - Thinking About Cultural Property:The Legal and Public Policy Legacies of John Henry Merryman (Stanford Law School, New York, CA)
A 2-day symposium celebrates the contributions of John Henry Merryman, Sweitzer Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of Art, Emeritus, Stanford University, to cultural property law and international heritage policy.

*Nov. 8-9, 2013Nov. 14, 2013 - Arbitrating Cultural Heritage Disputes (American Arbitration Association Webinar) 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
The primary issues that arise in cultural heritage disputes involve title, authentication and VARA (Visual Artists Rights Act). Resolving these disputes through arbitration instead of litigation can be less expensive and quicker. In addition, the arbitral decision-maker can be an expert in the particular subject—much less likely in court, and the confidentiality of arbitration can protect the players and the cultural heritage at stake.

This webinar will review the benefits, primary considerations—legal and non-legal, and best practices for drafting arbitration clauses for cultural heritage disputes and arbitrating cultural heritage disputes.

Topics include:

  • The benefits of arbitration over litigation in cultural heritage disputes.
  • Suggestions for tailoring arbitration clauses for maximum benefit to a particular cultural entity.
  • The resolution options available through arbitration.
  • A review of AAA Rules applicable to cultural heritage arbitrations.
  • Elizabeth Varner, National Art Museum of Sport, Indianapolis, IN
  • Anthony M.DiLeo, New Orleans, LA

NOTE: Events with a * next to the date are appearing in the Newsletter for the first time.
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What's New:
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. Nov. 30 - Dec. 6, 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: Major Auction House, NYC offers one unpaid, part-time legal internship in the spring semester in 2014. Student will work with an attorney on staff, doing legal research and writing. School credit may be available.

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.
*Please visit our Publications page to see the list of books and articles previously featured in this Newsletter.

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