Welcome from the President

Welcome to the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation!

The Lawyers’ Committee is an organization of lawyers who have joined together to promote the preservation and protection of cultural heritage resources in the United States and internationally through education and advocacy. Cultural heritage law is one of the fastest growing legal fields and has gained new recognition as society comes to appreciate the important symbolic, historical and emotional role that cultural heritage plays in all our lives. Cultural heritage law encompasses several disparate areas, including protection of archaeological sites, preservation of historic structures and the built environment, preservation of and respect for both tangible and intangible indigenous cultures, the international market in art works and antiquities, and recovery of stolen art works.

Members of the Lawyers’ Committee represent many practice areas, including government, academia, and private practice. We work to inform the public about cultural heritage issues, engage in public policy endeavors, raise the profile of cultural heritage law in our nation’s law schools, and serve as a clearinghouse for academic, employment, and internship opportunities for law students. We welcome both institutional and individual members, including individuals without legal training as well as those who are thinking of law as a career.  We sponsor an annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition and Law Student Writing Competition, and hold conferences on hot topics that feature and attract top names in this field.

As I begin my term as President, I thank Past President Professor Patty Gerstenblith and the terrific Board of Directors who have built the Committee upon a firm foundation.  I am also very grateful to Tess Davis, our Executive Director, who has been a wonderful addition to the Committee’s leadership.

We hope that you will join us in exploring this field and in continuing our efforts to use the law as a tool to preserve our cultural heritage for future generations. Please browse this web site, which offers resources that you may find useful.

We hope that you will contact us at info@culturalheritagelaw.org.

Warmest regards,

Diane Penneys Edelman, President

2600 Virginia Ave., NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20037

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