James K. Reap is an attorney who specializes in historic preservation issues. He an Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the Master of Historic Preservation Program at the University of Georgia (USA). He has served as chair of the preservation commissions in the City of Decatur and DeKalb County and as vice chair in Athens, Georgia. He is a founding member of both the Georgia Alliance and National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. His background in planning includes service to 46 cities and 10 counties as Georgia's first regional preservation planner and later as Deputy Executive Director of the Northeast Georgia Area Planning and Development Commission. He has provided training and technical assistance to preservation commissions throughout the country. Professor Reap is also a Fellow of the Dean Rusk Center, International, Comparative and Graduate Legal Studies and an affiliated faculty member of the University of Georgia African Studies Institute. He is Secretary General of the Committee on Legal, Administrative and Financial Issues of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), an officer of the ICOMOS Scientific Council, a Fellow of US/ICOMOS, and member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield. He has worked on preservation issues in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He taught heritage conservation as a Fulbright Scholar at the Jordan University of Science and Technology, and was a visiting professor at the Orenburg Institute of the Moscow State Law Academy.