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Irina Tarsis

Founder & Managing Director

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Irina Tarsis, Esq. is an art historian and a practicing attorney admitted to the bar in New York State. She earned her Masters Degree in Art History from Harvard University and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NY). Ms. Tarsis launched the Center for Art Law as a blog in 2008/2009. Starting in 2012, Ms. Tarsis began offering internship opportunities to interested law students, invited guest writers to publish research articles with the Center for Art Law website, and organized events to bring lawyers and artists together for meaningful conversations and exchanges of ideas. Under her leadership, the Center was incorporated as a stand-alone non-profit organization in December 2017. Ms. Tarsis has served on the faculty of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art (2021), FIT/CUNY (2021), Teachers College/Columbia University (2020), Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (2012, 2017-2018), and the European Shoah Legacy Institute/Provenance Research Training Workshops in Vilnius, Lithuania (2013), Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy (2014). An active member of multiple bar associations and art law committees in the US and Europe, she contributes to scholarship through regular publications and lectures on various topics, including resale royalty rights, due diligence in provenance research, and fair use issues affecting visual arts. Her publications include a chapter in The Art Law Review on artists’ rights as well as articles in the IFAR Journal, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Cultural Heritage & Arts Review, Library and The Cultural Record, the ArtWatch UK Journal and the Institute of Art & Law’s journal, Art Antiquity and Law.

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Irina Tarsis, Esq. is an art historian and a practicing attorney admitted to the bar in New York State. She earned her Masters Degree in Art History from Harvard University and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (NY). Ms. Tarsis launched the Center for Art Law as a blog in 2008/2009. Starting in 2012, Ms. Tarsis began offering internship opportunities to interested law students, invited guest writers to publish research articles with the Center for Art Law website, and organized events to bring lawyers and artists together for meaningful conversations and exchanges of ideas. Under her leadership, the Center was incorporated as a stand-alone non-profit organization in December 2017. Ms. Tarsis has served on the faculty of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art (2021), FIT/CUNY (2021), Teachers College/Columbia University (2020), Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (2012, 2017-2018), and the European Shoah Legacy Institute/Provenance Research Training Workshops in Vilnius, Lithuania (2013), Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy (2014). An active member of multiple bar associations and art law committees in the US and Europe, she contributes to scholarship through regular publications and lectures on various topics, including resale royalty rights, due diligence in provenance research, and fair use issues affecting visual arts. Her publications include a chapter in The Art Law Review on artists’ rights as well as articles in the IFAR Journal, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Cultural Heritage & Arts Review, Library and The Cultural Record, the ArtWatch UK Journal and the Institute of Art & Law’s journal, Art Antiquity and Law.

Atreya Mathur

Director of Legal Research

Atreya Mathur, joined the Center first as our inaugural Judith Bresler fellow in 2021. A Master of Laws Graduate from New York University School of Law where she specialized in Competition, Innovation, and Information Laws, with a focus on copyright, intellectual property, and art law. She is an attorney from India and received her Bachelor of Laws and Business Administration from the School of Law, Christ University. Atreya also co-founded m e r a k i consultancy, a consultancy service focused on legal academia and higher education in law. She has had her papers on copyright, art, international trade, and corporate governance published in several journals including the European Journal of Sustainable Development, the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, and the New York University Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Journal Blog. She has also presented her papers and research at the Central European University in Budapest and at the International Conference on Sustainable Development in Rome.

Atreya Mathur, joined the Center first as our inaugural Judith Bresler fellow in 2021. A Master of Laws Graduate from New York University School of Law where she specialized in Competition, Innovation, and Information Laws, with a focus on copyright, intellectual property, and art law. She is an attorney from India and received her Bachelor of Laws and Business Administration from the School of Law, Christ University. Atreya also co-founded m e r a k i consultancy, a consultancy service focused on legal academia and higher education in law. She has had her papers on copyright, art, international trade, and corporate governance published in several journals including the European Journal of Sustainable Development, the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, and the New York University Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Journal Blog. She has also presented her papers and research at the Central European University in Budapest and at the International Conference on Sustainable Development in Rome.

Supporting Staff

Auction Coordinator:
Marla Katz (Sept. 2020 – Mar. 2021).
Director of Development:
Elena Gurevich
Newsletter Editor:
Tess Bonoli (since 2019).
Editing Coordinator:
Paulina Picciano
Judith Bresler Fellow (2022-2023):
James Parker.
Social Media Coordinator:
Alisa Grishin

Interns and Fellows

2022
Murphy Chen
Legal Intern, Summer
Blake Konkol
Legal Intern, Summer
Paulina Picciano
Graduate Intern, Summer
Alisa Grishin
Undergraduate Intern, Spring
Jane Kinsella
Undergraduate Intern, Summer
Nicholas Michael
Undergraduate Intern, Spring
Nina Rice
Legal Intern, Summer
Anissa Patel
Legal Intern, Spring
Kenza Tahri
Undergraduate Intern, Summer
Scotti Hill
Legal intern, Summer
Nikki Vaffai
Legal Intern, Fall
Soleil Hawley
Graduate Intern, Fall
Hanna Tudor
Graduate Intern, Fall
Wenni Iben
Undergraduate Intern, Fall
Poppy Kemp
Post Graduate Fellow, Summer (Int'l Class)
Irina Strelkovskaya
Graduate Intern, Summer (Int'l Class)
Daniela Baiardi
Graduate Intern, Summer (Int'l Class)
2021
Michelle Bailes Perdew
Post-graduate Fellow, Spring
Claire Darrow
Undergraduate Intern, Summer
Visala Alagappan
Legal Intern, Summer
Marissa Hong
Development Intern, Fall
Rinnah Anosike
Post-graduate Fellow, Summer
(Zürich)
Kelsey Clifford
Legal Intern, Fall
Gabrielle Discafani
Graduate Intern, Spring
Tyler Heneghan
Legal Intern, Spring
David Jenkins
Legal Intern, Spring
Laura Kaiser
Legal Intern, Spring
Marie Kessel
Graduate Intern, Spring
Minelli Manoukian
Post-graduate Fellow, Summer
Alexis Redsahaw
Undergraduate Intern, Fall
Julianne Schmidt
Graduate Intern, Summer
2020
Olivia Baker
Intern, Summer
Elena Gurevich
Post-graduate Fellow
Sara Osinski
Legal intern, Spring
Sabrina Soffer
Legal intern, Fall
Kelley Tackett
Intern, Fall
Talia Berniker
Intern, Fall
Marla Katz
Legal intern, Summer
Michelle Bailes Perdew
Post-graduate Fellow, Fall
Lucy Siegel
Intern, Summer
Christopher Zheng
Legal intern, Summer
SaBreigha Dixon
Legal intern, Fall
Amber Lee
Legal intern, Summer
Isabella Rivera
Graduate Intern, Fall
Alexa Sussmane
Legal intern, Spring
2019
Sophie Chung
Graduate Intern, Fall
Mia Guttmann
Legal intern, Spring
Jennie Nadel
Graduate Intern, Spring
Hannah Tager
Intern, Summer-Fall
Cates Saleeby
Intern, Summer
Timothy Chung
Intern, Summer
Angela Dimery
Post-graduate Fellow
Yuchen Xie
Graduate Intern, Fall
Madhulika Murali
Legal intern, Fall
Laurel Salisbury
Legal intern, Summer
Jacqueline Crispino
Intern, Summer
2018
Ethan Ashley
Intern, Summer
Claire Dettelbach
Intern, Summer
Shlomit Heering
Intern, Summer
Jennie Nadel
Intern, Summer
Louise Carron
Legal Intern, Spring
Samantha Bonilla
Intern, Spring
Hanna Feldman
Legal Intern, Summer
Kathryn Moynihan
Legal Intern, Spring
Olivia Taylor
Intern, Fall
2017
Jason Barnes
Legal intern, Fall
Heather DeSerio
Legal intern, Spring
Marine Leclinche
Legal intern, Spring
Colby Meagle
Legal intern, Summer
Laura Richardson
Legal intern, Fall
Madeline Conlin
Intern, Summer
Caroline Keegan
Post-graduate Fellow
Tyler Maxin
Intern, Spring
Wylie Rechler
Legal intern, Summer
Samantha Smart
Intern, Summer
Alexandra Terrell
Legal Intern, Summer
2016
Bianca Acquaviva
Legal intern, Spring
Adelaide Dunn
Post-graduate Fellow
Jessica Preis
Legal intern, Spring
Elizabeth Weber
Post-graduate Fellow
Lindsay Dekter
Intern, Spring
Samantha Elie
Legal intern, Spring
Nina Mesfin
Intern, Summer
2015
Dennis C. Abrams
Legal intern, Spring
Debra Friedmann
Intern, Fall
Melissa (YoungJae) Koo
Legal intern, Spring
Lesley Sotolongo
Legal intern, Spring
Mia Tomijima
Post-graduate Fellow
Lindsay Dekter
Intern, Fall
David Honig
Post-graduate Fellow
Adir Paner
Legal intern, Fall
2014
Jessica Curley
Post-graduate Fellow
2013
Hanoch Sheps
Post-graduate Fellow