Board of Directors: Rick St. Hilaire, Secretary
Ricardo “Rick” St. Hilaire is a litigator, legal counselor, and certified mediator whose legal practice emphasizes cultural property, museum, and arts organizations law. He has been practicing law since 1993 and is a 15 year former veteran prosecutor, including election to four terms as the chief prosecutor and senior law enforcement authority in northwestern New Hampshire. In 2009, Mr. St. Hilaire was awarded formal commendations by New Hampshire’s governor, state senate, and house of representatives for his professional accomplishments. In 2006, Mr. St. Hilaire received the award of County Attorney of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Counties, and in 2005 he was named one of New Hampshire’s top “40 Under 40” leaders by the Union Leader newspaper and the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association. He was appointed to the New Hampshire Governor’s Crime Commission.
Mr. St. Hilaire earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Columbia University and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. He is qualified by the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection as a Certified Institutional Protection Manager.
Mr. St. Hilaire currently serves as the Legal Issues in Conservation Coordinator for the International Council of Museums’ Conservation Committee and serves as a Board of Director of the Washington, DC based Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. In the past, he served as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Art and Cultural Heritage Law Committee, Section of International Law, and wrote the Art and Antiquities Trafficking News Notes for the committee’s quarterly journal. Mr. St. Hilaire is the leading author of proposed administrative rules for the NH Division of Historical Resources and author of “International Antiquities Trafficking: Theft by Another Name,” presented at an International Council of Museums conference in Cairo, Egypt in 2007. He has appeared on the Voice of America’s program “Let’s Talk Antiques” and has been a featured speaker at different venues on topics of art and antiquities crime. He writes the Cultural Heritage Lawyer blog at http://culturalheritagelawyer.blogspot.com.
Mr. St. Hilaire is an avocational Egyptologist who studied ancient Egyptian art, architecture, and language at Columbia University, the Massachusetts College of Art, the University College London, and the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program. He is a member of the American Research Center in Egypt and is certified by the NH State Conversation and Rescue Archaeology Program as an archaeological survey technician.