Staff

Mahsa Javid, Executive Director

Mahsa Javid is the Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.  She is also the Assistant Director of Development at the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum.She has been involved in development and special events for local arts organizations including Artisphere, and the City of Fairfax Band Association. 

Mahsa has an M.A. in arts management from George Mason University. She currently serves on the Global Friends Committee at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is fluent in English, Farsi, French and Spanish.

Marisa Grant, Fellow 

Marisa Grant received her J.D. with honors from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2013 and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.  While in law school, Marisa was Editor-in-Chief of the North Carolina Central Law Review and received a Dean’s award for outstanding service, as well as an award for best citations.  She served as a research assistant and edited copy for a professor’s article that won the 2011 American Bankruptcy Law Journal’s Editors’ Prize.  During law school, Marisa interned for Legal Aid where she handled housing, unemployment, and estate cases.  She also interned at the N.C. Center for Nonprofits where she researched policy issues related to tax law. 

Marisa became interested in cultural heritage law after participating in the Tulane Law/University of Siena Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage and the Arts.  She also took an Art Law course at Duke University School of Law.  

Marisa received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She spent her junior year abroad in Florence, Italy, where she studied art history.  Marisa has been a long time volunteer at the North Carolina Museum of Art where she helps with special events and serves as a museum ambassador. 

Elena Gurevich, Volunteer

Elena Gurevich is a recent L.L.M. graduate from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York. 

Ever since Elena was little she expressed great interest in the arts. She started painting and drawing and at some point was set on enrolling into the School of Art but decided to pursue a law career instead. 

Elena received her Bachelor’s and later her Master’s degree from Taras Shevchenko University of Kiyv, Ukraine. She concentrated her studies on Intellectual Property Law and subsequently developed substantial knowledge of Trademark, Copyright and Art Law. At Cardozo, Elena was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society and the Art Law Society. 

Currently Elena works as a legal intern at CPR International Institute for Dispute Prevention and Resolution. 

Apart from her native Russian, Elena is fluent in English and proficient in German.

Anne Lewis, Fellow

Anne Lewis developed her interest in cultural heritage preservation as an Art History and International Relations major at Tufts University, and during her time studying abroad in Paris. After working in New York City at the Aperture Foundation, she enrolled at Tulane University Law School to pursue a career in the legal side of the art world. She completed the Tulane-Siena program and internship in Cambodia, where she worked on a legislative drafting project for the Ministry of Fine Arts and Culture. During law school she was a Senior Symposium Editor for the Tulane Journal of Intellectual Property and Technology, which published her article on the legality of 3D printing. This article was later selected as one of the best of the year by editors at Thomson Reuters West and was included in their annual Entertainment, Publishing, and the Arts Handbook. She also gained experience as a legal intern with Time Inc., and by volunteering for the Entertainment Law Legal Assistance Project in New Orleans. After graduating from Tulane, she moved to India to work on a French language litigation review project, and continued to travel and explore UNESCO heritage sites. She is excited to contribute to advocacy projects for the LCCHP and bring awareness to preservation efforts. Anne has since returned home to Illinois, where she is now licensed to practice, and works for a small firm in the Chicago area. 

Khamal Patterson, Fellow

Khamal received his J.D. from the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law in 2014. As a law student, Khamal was a research assistant and judicial intern. He conducted research for his former property professor's summer 2013 human rights colloquium in Rome. As a judicial intern in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in spring 2013, he assisted the clerk with orders, opinions, and voir dire questions. During his time in chambers, Khamal worked beyond his required hours because he enjoyed the challenge and mentorship so much. He received pro bono recognition for his work.

Khamal first became interested in cultural property as a student at Howard University after taking a course on the Russian Revolution and the decades that followed it. He learned how totalitarian regimes loot, deface, and devalue cultural property. He was given the opportunity to apply what he learned in his course through interning with the Holocaust Art Restitution Project last spring. His work ignited his commitment to the return and repatriation of stolen art and artifacts. He wrote a memo on the question of seizure under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. While researching the issues for this memo on NAGPRA and its limits, he also examined the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Immunity from Seizure Act. Khamal also commented on the draft of the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act. Khamal currently contributes articles to Saving Antiquities for Everyone as an intern. He is also privileged to interview the men and women at the forefront of enforcing our nation's cultural laws as part of his interview series for Saving Antiquities for Everyone. Khamal hopes to work for the government and help interdict and return illicit antiquities. He also has a strong interest in cultural property and provenance litigation.

Rachel Pietron, Fellow 

Rachel is a metro-Detroit native who credits her high school humanities teacher with sparking her passion for art and culture. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in English literature and environmental policy. During college she spent a semester studying art and literature in Florence, Italy. 

After college her passion for storytelling and environmental conservation translated into an advocacy role with the legislative team of the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC. A desire to fine-tune her advocacy skills propelled her to Santa Clara University Law School. Here she was exposed to cultural property law and co-founded the Association for the Protection of Cultural Property. After law school she moved to Los Angeles and currently resides with her fiancé in Santa Monica. She hopes to one day work for UNESCO and strengthen laws that conserve both tangible and intangible cultural property. 

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