Center for Art Law

At the crossroads of visual arts and the law.

Team

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.

Atreya Mathur, Director of Legal Research

Tess Bonoli, Newsletter Editor

Elena Gurevich, Director of Development & Fundraising Coordinator

Alisa Grishin, Social Media Coordinator

Paulina Picciano, Editing Coordinator

James Parker, Judith Bresler Fellow and Clinic Coordinator (2022-2021).

Interns and Fellows

2022

Murphy Chen
Legal Intern, Summer

Daniela Baiardi
Int’l Legal Intern, Summer

Alisa Grishin
Undergraduate Intern, Spring

Soleil Hawley
Pre-Law Fellow, Fall

Wenni Ibel
Undergraduate Intern, Fall

Jane Kinsella
Undergraduate Intern, Summer

Blake Konkol
Legal Intern, Summer

Poppy Kemp
Int’l Legal Intern, Summer

Nicholas Michael
Undergraduate Intern, Spring

Anissa Patel
Legal Intern, Spring

Paulina Picciano
Graduate Intern, Summer

Nina Rice
Legal Intern, Summer

Irina Strelkovskaya
Int’l Legal Intern, Summer

Kenza Tahri
Undergraduate Intern, Summer

Hanna Tudor
Undergraduate Intern, Fall

Nikki Fefai
Legal Intern, Fall

2021

Visala Alagappan
Legal Intern, Summer

Rinnah Anosike
Post-graduate Fellow, Summer (Zürich)

Michelle Bailes Perdew
Post-graduate Fellow, Spring

Alexandrea Canzano
Legal Intern, Summer

Kelsey Clifford
Legal Intern, Fall

Claire Darrow
Undergraduate Intern, Summer

Gabrielle Discafani
Graduate Intern, Spring

Adetokunbo S. Fashanu
Legal Intern, Summer

Tyler Heneghan
Legal Intern, Spring

Marissa Hong
Development Intern, Fall

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

Talia Berniker
Intern, Fall

SaBreigha Dixon
Legal intern, Fall

Elena Gurevich
Post-graduate Fellow

Marla Katz
Legal intern, Summer

Amber Lee
Legal intern, Summer

Sara Osinski
Legal intern, Spring

Michelle Bailes Perdew
Post-graduate Fellow, Fall

Isabella Rivera
Graduate Intern, Fall

Sabrina Soffer
Legal intern, Fall

Lucy Siegel
Intern, Summer

Alexa Sussmane
Legal intern, Spring

Kelley Tackett
Intern, Fall

Christopher Zheng
Legal intern, Summer

2019

Sophie Chung
Graduate Intern, Fall

Timothy Chung
Legal intern, Summer

Jacqueline Crispino
Intern, Summer

Mia Guttmann
Legal intern, Spring

Angela Dimery
Post-graduate Fellow

Madhulika Murali
Legal intern, Fall

Jennie Nadel
Graduate Intern, Spring

Cates Saleeby
Intern, Summer

Laurel Salisbury
Legal intern, Summer

Hannah Tager
Intern, Summer-Fall

Yuchen Xie
Graduate Intern, Fall

2018

Ethan Ashley
Intern, Summer

Samantha Bonilla
Intern, Spring

Louise Carron
Legal intern, Spring

Claire Dettelbach
Intern, Summer

Hanna Feldman
Legal intern, Summer

Shlomit Heering
Intern, Summer

Kathryn Moynihan
Legal intern, Spring

Jennie Nadel
Intern, Summer

Olivia Taylor
Intern, Fall

2017

Jason Barnes
Legal intern, Fall

Madeline Conlin
Intern, Summer

Heather DeSerio
Legal intern, Spring

Caroline Keegan
Post-graduate Fellow

Marine Leclinche
Legal intern, Spring

Tyler Maxin
Intern, Spring

Colby Meagle
Legal intern, Summer

Wylie Rechler
Legal intern, Summer

Laura Richardson
Legal intern, Fall

Samantha Smart
Intern, Summer

Alexandra Terrell
Legal intern, Summer

2016

Bianca Acquaviva
Legal intern, Spring

Lindsay Dekter
Intern, Spring

Adelaide Dunn
Post-graduate Fellow

Samantha Elie
Legal intern, Spring

Scotti Hill
Legal intern, Summer

Nina Mesfin
Intern, Summer

Jessica Preis
Legal intern, Spring

Elizabeth Weber
Post-graduate Fellow

2015

Dennis C. Abrams
Legal intern, Spring

Lindsay Dekter
Intern, Fall

Debra Friedmann
Intern, Fall

David Honig
Post-graduate Fellow

Melissa (YoungJae) Koo
Legal intern, Spring

Adir Paner
Legal intern, Fall

Lesley Sotolongo
Legal intern, Spring

Mia Tomijima
Post-graduate Fellow

2014

Jessica Curley
Post-graduate Fellow

2013

Hanoch Sheps
Post-graduate Fellow

The Center for Art Law is a New York State non-profit fully qualified under provision 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Center does not provide legal representation. Information available on this website is purely for education purposes and should not be construed as legal advice.