Spring 2012 Speaker Series

  • L. Eden Burgess (Mar. 26, 2011), DC attorney who was involved with such cases as Malewicz v. City of Amsterdam and Vineberg v. Bissonnette will discuss the pros and cons of practicing art law outside of New York.
  • Hon. Barbara Jaffe (Mar. 5, 2011), a New York civil court judge and an art historian, Barbara Jaffe, will speak about her career, art law, and depiction of judgment in Gerard David's " The Judgment of Cambyses." Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP if you would like to attend.
  • Jeffrey E. Tabak (Feb. 15, 2011), co-head of the private equity fund formation practice of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP will discuss the why and the how of handling pro bono matters for art and museum clients. Tabak is a trustee and secretary of the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and serves as counsel to the Board of Directors of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation.
  • Alison Lonshein (Feb. 6, 2011), Associate General Counsel of the Frick Museum will discuss nonprofit governance issues as they pertain to a museum.

Fall 2011 Speaker Series

  • Richard A. Altman (Oct. 12, 2011), discussed his recent cases including Marchig v. Christie’s Inc. and  Orkin v. Swiss Confederation.
  • Nick Holmes (Oct. 19, 2011) -- GC of the Whitney Museum, Holmes addressed “Legal Issues in a Contemporary Art Museum: Balancing Interests of Artists and Museums.”  
  • Raymond J. Dowd (Nov. 9, 2011) -- talented commercial litigator, Dowd discussed his philosophy on restitution of Nazi era looted art in a talk entitled "Litigating Grosz v. MoMA"
  • Michael McCullough (Nov. 30, 2011), customs law and international art trade specialist, presented a lecture-tutorial on issues of note vis-a-vis the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and valuation and tariff classification of art.

Spring 2011 Speaker Series

  • John Cahill (Apr. 6, 2011), prominent litigator and transactional lawyer will discuss art insurance coverage disputes, including Philadelphia Museum v. AXA.
  • Julia Chu (Mar. 2, 2011) discusses tax consequences for art collectors through the UBS Private Planning and philanthropy consulting platform of UBS Trust Co. Follow up.
  • Jo Backer Laird (Feb. 2, 2011), art and museum law specialist, discusses recent cases and "Legal Canvas," newsletter produced by PBLT.

Fall 2011 Speaker Series

  • Molly Dilworth (September 28, 2010) discusses working on public art commissions and negotiating contracts;
  • Panel: Barnes Willing (October 4, 2010)
  • Massimo Sterpi (October 11, 2010) discusses Italian Art Law and"transformative use" of art works;
  • Dean Nicyper (October 20, 2010) discusses proposed Art Consignments amendments to the New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law

Spring 2010 Speaker Series

Fall 2009 Speaker Series




  • Alice Segal, Esq. (November 11, 2009) explains how U.S. agencies use customs laws to prosecute cases involving smuggled art.

Jennifer A. Kreder, Esq. (November 18, 2009) discusses various aspects of litigation over Nazi-looted art.