The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation 9th Annual Conference

Conference Program

8:00 a.m. –9:00 a.m.       Registration and light refreshment

9:00 a.m. –9:10 a.m.       Welcome Remarks 

Tom Kline, Partner at Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC ; Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University Museum Studies Program; President for the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Elizabeth Varner, Adjunct Professor, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; LCCHP Board Member

9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.      Monumental Diplomacy: Public Spaces, Private Conversations, Hidden Agendas, and Cultural Heritage 

Presenter: Karen Isabel Guevara, Co-Founder, Equanimity International and Georgetown University alumna

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.      Panel: Claiming and Disclaiming Ownership: Russian, Ukrainian, both or neither?

Panel Description:This session will bring together experts to comment on pending Ukraine-related cultural heritage cases and propose ADR mechanisms for resolving some of the disputes.

Moderator and Presenter: Irina Tarsis, Founding Director, Center for Art Law 

PanelistsPatricia Kennedy Grimsted, Senior Research Associate, Ukrainian Research Institute, Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University; Honorary Fellow, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam

Peter van den Brink, Director of the Aachen City Museums, Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen, Germany

David D'Arcy, critic and arts journalist, writer/producer of Portrait of Wally, a documentary film about the restitution battle over a Nazi-looted painting by Egon Schiele found at the Museum of Modern Art (NY). 

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.   Refreshment Break 

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   Panel: Whose Property? National Claims versus the Rights of Religious and Ethnic Minorities in the Middle East

Panel Description: Jews and other ethnic and religious minorities like the Copts and Berbers have been targets of authoritarian or sectarian governments throughout the Middle East. Indeed, the Jewish populations of those countries are now miniscule after years of violent persecution.  Yet, the United States Government has placed import restrictions on cultural artifacts produced by Jewish, Coptic and other minority peoples on behalf of Egypt, Syria, Libya and Iraq and promises to return an archive of Jewish artifacts seized by Saddam Hussein’s secret police to Iraq’s sectarian government.  This panel will discuss the pros and cons of such repatriation efforts and propose alternatives that put the rights of ethnic and religious minorities first.

Moderator: Peter K. Tompa, Executive Director, Global Heritage Alliance, of counsel to Bailey & Ehrenberg, LLP

Panelists: Carole Basri, Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham University

Marc Lubin, Principal with DLM Group

Marc Masurovsky, Co-Founder, Holocaust Art Restitution Project, Washington DC 

Kate Fitz Gibbon, Executive Director Committee for Cultural Policy, Ed. Cultural Property News, Fitz Gibbon Law, LLC

12:45 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.       Boxed lunch provided

1:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.         Confederate Monuments Through A Legal Lens

This session will survey the legal landscape of federal, state, and local laws for communities and advocates to consider in debating the future of Confederate monuments.

Presenter:  William Cook, Associate General Counsel at National Trust for Historic Preservation

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.         Panel: Protecting Native American Cultural Heritage

Panel Description: US laws provide certain protections for Native American Cultural Heritage.  This panel will provide a brief history of the laws that apply to Native American Cultural Heritage and movements to amend and add to that body of law.  Just as important as the law are attitudes towards indigenous heritage materials. The second half of the panel will discuss attitudes that have hindered more progressive positions that are in line with decolonizing the commercialization and ownership of tribal antiquities and sensitive cultural heritage, and what it will take – both domestically and internationally – for the return of Native American ancestors and cultural heritage from the US and globally.

Moderator: Shannon Keller O’Loughlin, Attorney and Executive Director of the Association on American Indian Affairs

Panelists: Greg Smith, Partner, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP

Kurt Riley, Governor of the Pueblo of Acoma   

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.           Refreshment Break

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.           Panel: Best Practices in Acquiring and Collecting Cultural Property

Panel Description: The Museum of the Bible arrived in DC on November 17, 2017 and has received much attention for its mission, its message and its collection. In particular, it has been the subject of commentary and controversy concerning the provenance of objects in its collections. The Museum has launched a provenance research project to address provenance issues. Tom Kline will moderate and the proposed panelists, Michael McCullough, Pearlstein, McCullough & Lederman, Jeff Kloha, Director of Collections Operations and Eric Meyers of Duke University, a scholar who has been a critical observer, will explore the Museum’s history and how the Museum is responding to a range of collection-related issues.

Moderator: Tom Kline, Partner, Cultural Heritage Partners, President of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

Panelists: Jeff Kloha, Director of Collections Operations 

Colette Loll, Founding Director, Art Fraud Insights

Michael McCullough, Partner, Pearlstein McCullough & Lederman LLP

Eric Meyers, Ph. D., Duke University

5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.         Closing remarks 

Patty GerstenblithDistinguished Research Professor, DePaul University College of Law, founding President of LCCHP

Tom Kline, Partner at Cultural Heritage Partners, PLLC ; Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University Museum Studies Program; President for the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.          Reception

Friday, April 13, 2018

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM     

Professional (Member): $150 SAVE $50! 

Professional (Non-Member*): $200 

Student (Member): $35 SAVE $30!

Student (Non-member*): $65 

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**Refund: Up to 30 days before event.

**Tea, coffee, and lunch is provided as part of your registration fee. 

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Attorneys may self apply for CLE credit to their State Bar.  The program will most likely be eligible for 6 General CLE credits (60 min states) and 7.2 General CLE credits (50 min states). This program is not currently eligible for CLE credit in Virginia. The following information is required in most jurisdictions in order to apply for MCLE credit:

  • Sponsor Name: Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation
  • Course Title and Description
  • Course Date: April 13, 2018
  • Course location: Georgetown Law, Washington, D.C.
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  • Program including speaker biographies (To be handed out at the event)
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  • Fillable pdf application forms for NY,NJ, PA will be emailed to you upon request. For other MCLE state jurisdictions, attorneys should send in an application to their state CLE authority using form applications provided at the state’s MCLE regulator’s website.

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