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Calendar of Events
This section provides highlights from our Calendar. For more listings, please visit Art Law Calendar.

**Nov. 9, 2012 — Art Law Day at NYU (Appraisers Association of America, New York) 8:30 A.M. – 6 P.M.
Program and Speakers include:

 Moral Rights Keynote: Judith Bresler 
Moral Rights and the Law: John Cahill, Moderator; Gloria Velandia, Magdalena Dabrowski, and Christiane Fischer. Intro by Yuri Yanchyshyn.
Authenticity Issues and the Law:  Michael Stout, moderator; Peter Stern, Sharon Flescher, and Jack Flam. Intro by Judy Pearson.
Art Financing and the Law: Chris Marinello, moderator; Amy Goldrich, Elizabeth von Habsburg, and Nicola Walter. Intro by Dorit Straus.
Philanthropy and the Law: Ralph Lerner, moderator; Holland Dunn, Donn Zaretzky, and Karin Gross. Intro by Ella Newman.

For Art Law Day, you must register directly with NYU/SCPS. To do so, click HERE. If you have any trouble registering, please call 212.992.3258.

**Nov. 16, 2012 — 5th Annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Institute (NY, NY) 8:45 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

  • Panel 1:   The Law and Business of Sculpture and Fine Art Multiples
  • Panel 2:    Stewardship of Art Collections: What Lawyers Need to Know
  • Panel 3:    The Law of Antiquities
  • Keynote Address: An Ethical GPS for an International Art Practice
  • Panel 4:    The Arts on Capitol Hill
  • Panel 5:    Trusts, Estates and Art: What Lawyers Need to Know
  • Panel 6:     Legal Issues Surrounding Art Galleries and Art Dealing

For Details and Registration visit NYCLA.

**Nov, 27, 2012 — Fair and Just Solutions? Alternatives to litigation in Nazi looted art disputes: status quo and new developments (Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ in The Hague, The Netherlands)
For full details, click here.

**Nov. 29, 2012 — Art, Law & the Lessons of the Holocaust (Herrick Feinstein, New York, NY) 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
To register for this event, hosted by Herrick Feinstein and the Anti-Defamation League, visit EventBrite.

**Dec. 3, 2012 — Beyond Frida: Major Issues Facing the International Art Market in Latin America and Beyond (Mexico City, Mexico)
Presented by the Union Internationale des Avocats and sponsored by Herrick together with Christie’s and ARIS, the seminar will provide a background on the Latin American Art Market and feature such topics as fakes and forgeries and challenges of dealng in antiquities.

Guest Speakers include:

  • Howard N. Spiegler, Esq., Herrick, Feinstein, LLP
  • Mari-Claudia Jiménez, Esq., Herrick, Feinstein LLP
  • Monica Dugot, Esq., Christie’s
  • Gabriela Lobo, Director, Christie’s Mexico
  • Andrés Blaisten, Colección Blaisten
  • Virgilo Garza, Head of Christie’s Latin American Art Department, New York
  • Peter Stern, Esq., McLaughlin & Stern, New York
  • Jean-Jacques Neuer, Esq, Cabinet Neuer, Paris, France
  • Dr. Jorge Antonio Sánchez Cordero Dávila, Director, Mexican Center for Uniform Law
  • Lawrence M. Kaye, Esq., Herrick, Feinstein LLP
  • Ron Soffer, Esq., Cabinet Soffer, Paris
  • Enrique Norten, Principal,Ten Arquitectos
  • Judith Pearson, President, Aris Title Insurance Corporation
  • Javier Lumbreras, Chief Executive Officer, Artemundi Global Fund
  • Stephen C. Brodie, Esq., Herrick, Feinstein LLP


  • Pro Bono Opportunity for Attorneys: In light of the damage sustained by art galleries from the Hurricane Sandy last week, Art Dealers Association of America is calling on attorneys to provide pro bono legal services to the affected galleries. Patterson Belknap Webb & Taylor (PBWT) is one of the firms that has agreed to provide pro bono services to these smaller and most needy galleries in their applications for relief — insurance and FEMA claims, emergency government loans, etc. If you would like to assist, please contact for details. For details visit ADAA or contact Jo Backer Laird at PBWT.
  • New Edition of Art Law: Have you been eying and coveting the 3rd edition of the renowned treatise on art law by Judith Bresler and Ralph E. Lerner?  Now, there is something even better to crave and write to Santa about… The new Fourth Edition is out! Two volumes of the revised treatise are available online, through Practicing Law Institute. The ISBN Number is 978140241888. From the publisher: “Widely acknowledged as the cornerstone reference for visual art professionals and their attorneys since it was first published in 1989, ART LAW provides unsurpassed legal, business, financial, tax, and estate planning information and guidance for this major sector of the creative arts. Written by two of America’s foremost art law authorities and stocked with more timesaving forms, checklists, charts, and procedural guides than ever before, the new Fourth Edition of ART LAW enables you to:
  1. Draft effective agreements clearly defining the rights and obligations of the parties involved, whether they’re artists, dealers, collectors, investors, appraisers, museums, or auction houses.
  2. Create tax-advantaged strategies for collectors and artists — with the help of detailed coverage of complete and partial inter vivos charitable transfers, noncharitable transfers, deductions of expenses when selling collections, outright bequests of artwork, and income tax deductions for expenses when creating art.
  3. Minimize the legal exposure of clients — by helping collectors avoid valuation errors, dealers avoid conflicts of interest, artists avoid copyright infringement, and art experts avoid liabilities when rendering opinions about art.
  • Registration for the 4th Annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition is OPEN. The Oral Arguments for the 2013 Competition will be held on February 22-23 at the U.S Courthouse in Chicago. To register, visit DePaul University College of Law website.  The National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition is open to 20 two- and three-member student teams from ABA-accredited or provisionally accredited law schools. Each school may register up to two teams with a registration fee of $400 per team. A school may register for the 2013 Competition starting on August 27, 2012. Payment deadline and problem release date is November 15, 2012.
  • Call for Papers “Art and Heritage Disputes” This Special Issue aims to identify, map and critically assess the number of art and heritage disputes which have arisen in the past decades. The return of cultural artifacts to their legitimate owners, the recovery of underwater cultural heritage, the governance of sites of outstanding and universal value, the protection and promotion of artistic expressions, and the protection of cultural sites in time of war are just some of the issues which have given rise to art and heritage related disputes. Such disputes have involved a number of different actors arising among states, states and private individuals and individuals. As the regulation of cultural goods constitutes a good example of multilevel governance and legal pluralism, art and heritage related disputes have been brought before national fora, human rights courts and tribunals, international economic law fora and even before the International Court of Justice. Such disputes have certainly made headlines and attracted the varied interests of academics and policy-makers, museum curators and collectors, human rights activists and investment lawyers, thieves and guards, and artists and economists to mention a few. Details here.
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Nov 02, 2012 11:59 am | Irina Tarsis
The venerable art gallery that was Knoedler & Co. will continue appearing in court filings and academic publications for a long time. There are a number of cases pending against by art collectors who claim that Knoedler sold fakes. On a brighter note, Getty Research Institute just acquired the Knoedler archive (1850-1971), recognizing the historical importance of this long prosperous and once

Nov 02, 2012 11:38 am | Irina Tarsis
Who needs an octogenarian superhero, Superman (born ca. 1938) when you have a strong infrastructure and volunteers to help get a metropolis back up running after a hurricane?! In 2010, DC Comics sued siblings of artist Joe Shuster seeking a judgment that they, as his heirs, lost their rights to reclaim copyright in the famous superhero. Shuster’s are represented by Marc Toberoff, founding

Nov 01, 2012 11:55 am | Ariel Greenberg
In the wake of the unprecedented destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week, the art dealers, gallerists, and museum professionals of New York City survey the damage done. From Chelsea to Greenpoint, and DUMBO to the Lower East Side, the art world is grappling with destroyed artworks and wrecked office and exhibition spaces. Art Info reported that many spaces, including R 20th