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Acquiring and Maintaining Collections of Cultural Objects: Challenges Confronting American Museums in the 21st Century

On October 16, 2008, CAMCHL, together with DePaul's Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology (CIPLIT), held a major conference where leading experts examined the basic rules of nonprofit museum governance and how those rules apply to the growing challenge of collecting cultural property in light of new laws, court decisions and professional ethical guidelines; evolving museum practices and standards in collecting antiquities; sovereign immunity and immunity of art works; and the need for further standards for donor/collector museum relationships.

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  • Symposium Program
  • Featured Speakers
  • Sponsors

Symposium Program

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8:00-8:30​​ Continental Breakf​​​ast​
​8:30-8:45 Welcome​
​8:45-10:15 Governance: The Increasing Challenges of Collecting, Displaying and Maintaining Museum Collections

Moderator: Thomas R. Kline, Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP

Speakers:
  • ​Stephen Urice, Professor, University of Miami School of Law
  • Rhoda Rosen, Director, Spertus Museum
  • Gary T. Johnson, President, Chicago History Museum
  • Julie Getzels, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Art Institute of Chicago
​10:15-10:30 Break​
​10:30-12:15 ​Risks Associated with Collecting Antiquities: Evolving Museum Practices and Standards

Moderator: Louise Lincoln, DePaul University Art Museum

Speakers:
  • ​John Russell, Professor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Richard M. Leventhal, Professor, University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology
  • Patty Gerstenblith, Professor, DePaul University College of Law
  • Susan M. Taylor, Former Director, Princeton University Art Museum
  • Dan Monroe, Director, Peabody Essex Museum
  • Martin Sullivan, Director, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
​12:15-1:30 Lunch​
​1:30-2:45 Risks Associated with International Loans: Foreign Sovereign Immunity and Immunity of Art Works from Seizure

Moderator: ​Jennifer Kreder, Professor, Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law

Speakers:
  • ​Howard Spiegler, Partner, Herrick Feinstein, New York
  • Stephen J. Knerly, Esq., Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
  • Laina Lopez, Attorney, Berliner, Corcoran and Rowe
​2:45-3:00 Break​
​3:00-4:30 Future Directors: What's a Poor Museum (and Board) To Do?

Moderator: Patty Gerstenblith, Professor, DePaul University College of Law

Speakers:
  • ​​Joseph Brennan, Vice President and General Counsel, Field Museum of Natural History
  • Jane Levine, Esq., Chief Compliance Officer, Sotheby's
  • Thomas R. Kline, Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Dan Monroe, Director, Peabody Essex Museum
  • Jennifer Kreder, Professor, Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law
​4:30-5:30 Reception
 

Featured Speakers

Joseph Brennan, Vice President and General Counsel, Field Museum of Natural History
Patty Gerstenblith, Pr​ofessor, DePaul University College of Law
Julie Getzels, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Art Institute of Chicago
Gary T. Johnson, President, Chicago History Museum
Thomas Kline, Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP
Stephen J. Knerly, Jr. Esq., Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Jennifer Kreder, Professor, Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law
Richard Leventhal, Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Jane Levine, Senior Vice President and Worldwide Director of Compliance, Sotheby’s
Louise Lincoln, Director, DePaul University Art Museum
Laina Lopez, Attorney, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe
Dan Monroe, Director, Peabody Essex Museum
Rhoda Rosen, Director, Spertus Museum
John Russell, Professor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Howard Spiegler, Partner, Herrick Feinstein, New York
Martin Sullivan, Director, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
Susan M. Taylor, Former Director, Princeton University Art Museum
Stephen Urice, Professor, University of Miami School of Law ​​​

Sponsors

 DePaul University College of Law is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider. The Symposium was approved for 6 hours of CLE credit.