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Art Law Conference 2023

Art Law: An Entrance to Paradise


    Fordham University School of Law (NYC) and Online

  • DATE:

    Thursday, April 27, 2023, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.


    5 p.m. – 7 p.m.


CLE: 3.0 credits

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Center for Art Law invites you to our 2023 Art Law Conference in New York City!


From human authorship to artificial intelligence, from commissioning to creating art, from primary market to secondary, we invite you to explore contemporary themes of the art law realm. Join us for our 2023 art law conference to learn about:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Copyright Issues in Art;
  • Artist Contracts and Commission Agreements with Contemporary Art Institutions; and
  • KYC, AML & the Art Market Compliance.

The conference will feature a keynote presentation on cultural property, ethics and duties of art attorneys. We are pleased to offer attorneys 3.0 professional practice transitional and nontransitional credits.

Join us on April 27th for a networking and reunion, following an insightful and inspiring portion of the day.


Art Law Conference 2023 aims to bring together students, attorneys, artists, arts and legal professionals to discuss contemporary and relevant topics at the intersection of art and law. The conference will promote discourse on artists rights, intellectual property, copyright, art contracts, negotiation and business tips, as well as anti-money laundering and art fraud. 

Speakers will include attorneys and legal professionals from leading law firms in the United States and internationally; artists from diverse backgrounds in modern, contemporary and digital art; and arts professionals including appraisers. Each panel will include an attorney and an artist to dissect the varied subject matter at the intersection of art and law from different perspectives to elucidate artists rights, interest and protection. The panels will include a presentation and discussion from the speakers and conclude with a question and answer session with the audience to ensure interactive engagement. 

Materials for the conference will include speaker slides and handouts with additional reading materials and resources. The subject matter will be directed for a general audience of students, arts professionals, and legal professionals. No experience or prior knowledge is necessary for the conference.

Attendance will be available both in-person and online to best serve our community members and patrons. Legal professionals and attorneys to receive Continued Legal Education credits and all attendees will enjoy networking and growth opportunities.

This conference is organized by the Center for Art Law in partnership with the Artist Representation Society (ARS), a student group at Fordham Law School that is dedicated to empowering the artistic community by providing access to legal education and resources at the intersection of law and the cultural sphere.



12:00 PM – Conference Check in opens

12:45 PM – Welcome Remarks

1:00 PMKeynote Address: “Art Lawyer’s Due Diligence Obligations” by Sandrine Giroud, Partner, Lalive

1:30 PM – Panel 1: Artificial Intelligence and Copyright Issues in Art

Moderator: Ron Lazebnik, Director of the Samuelson-Glushko Intellectual Property & Information Law Clinic, Fordham University School of Law

Speakers: Amelia Brankov art law and copyright attorney at Brankov PLLC; Kelly McKernan, artist and representative in class action lawsuit against Midjourney/Stable Diffusion, and Nancy Wolff, partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP

2:30 PM – Break

2:45 PMPanel 2: Artist Contracts and Commission Agreements with Contemporary Art Institutions

Moderator: Carol Steinberg, attorney and Professor at the School of Visual Arts (SVA)

Speakers: Jill Magid, American performance-based artist in New York; Christopher Robinson, art law and intellectual property attorney at Rottenberg Lipman Rich and Amy Lamberti, Associate General Counsel at Metropolitan Museum of Art

3:45 PM– Break

4:00 PM Panel 3: Anti-Money Laundering & the Art Market

Moderator: Philippa Loengard, Executive Director, Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School

Speakers: Pierre Ciric, attorney and founding partner of the Ciric Law Firm, PLLC; Sophie Balaÿ, Certified Financial Crime Specialist and Senior Director at VIDOCQ; and David Stier, Partner, DLA Piper LLC.

5:00 PMClosing Remarks: Katie Wilson-Milne, Partner, Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP

5:15 PM – 7:00 PM –  Reception and Networking

Moderators and Speakers

  • Sophie Balaÿ

    Certified Financial Crime Specialist and Senior Director at VIDOCQ

  • Amelia K. Brankov

    attorney and Founder, Brankov PLLC

  • Pierre Ciric

    Founder and member of the Firm, The Ciric Law Firm, PLLC

  • Amy Lamberti

    Associate General Counsel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Kelly McKernan

    artist based in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

  • Christopher J. Robinson

    Of Counsel, Rottenberg Lipman Rich P.C.

  • Carol J. Steinberg

    attorney and professor at the School of Visual Arts (NYC)

  • David Stier

    Partner, DLA Piper LLC

  • Katherine Wilson-Milne

    Partner, Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP

  • Nancy E. Wolff

    Partner, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP


General Admission (Legal Professional) In Person $250.00
General Admission (Legal Professional ) Online $175.00
General Admission (Arts Professional) In Person $200.00
General Admission (Arts Professional) Online $125.00
Students (In person) $40.00
Students (Online) $40.00
Conference Reception Only $60.00

Conference Sponsors

Center for Art Law would like to kindly thank our sponsors!

Media Sponsors

Junior Sponsors

We thank our Junior Sponsors for supporting our Summer Internship Fund!

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