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After the Monuments Men: Nazi-Era Art, Modern Legal Problems

  • 05 Jan 2015
  • 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Washington, D.C. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Virginia Ste. A, Lobby Level

What happened after the Monuments Men went home? The panelists are experts in the field of Nazi-era art restitution and between them have represented victims, claimants, nations, cultural foundations, museums and collectors caught in the complex factual and legal cloud hovering over billions of dollars worth of assets. They also know that Nazi-era art claims have deep significance regarding proper respect and remembrance of those who perished, as well as the reputations of people and institutions holding such art today, seventy years after World War II. Have you wondered about the law and ethics applicable to such claims? Join us. Panelists' bios are below.

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Simon J. Frankel is a partner in Covington & Burling LLP's San Francisco office where he focuses his practice on copyright and trademark litigation, technology and Internet privacy disputes, and legal issues related to visual art. He is the chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Rights practice group. Simon is a recognized authority in the field of art law, where he has handled disputes involving cultural property claims, title disputes, moral rights claims, and resale royalties. On behalf of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, he won summary judgment in a dispute over ownership of a valuable Austrian Expressionist painting.

Thomas R. Kline, Professional Lecturer at George Washington University, is Of Counsel at the Washington Office of Andrews Kurth LLP. Tom concentrates his practice in civil litigation, arbitration, and alternate dispute resolution, including in the area of art and cultural property. He has authored numerous articles and speaks frequently about the recovery of stolen art and cultural property.  Tom received the medal of Cyprus Technical University for protecting the cultural heritage of Cyprus, helped to recover the Quedlinburg Treasure stolen during World War II and has litigated and negotiated numerous claims to Nazi looted art.

Josh Knerly is a partner in the firm of Hahn Loeser & Parks where he co-chairs the firm's nonprofit institutions section. He represents museums and collectors on many different legal issues including Nazi looted art claims. He also serves as special counsel to the Association of Art Museum Directors. Josh was an invited speaker at the Holocaust Era Assets Conference in Prague and a panelist at the Symposium held at the Peace Palace in the Hague on "Fair and just solutions? Alternatives to litigation in Nazi looted art disputes."

Dr. Lucille A. Roussin is the founder and Director of the Holocaust Restitution Claims Practicum at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. In addition to her JD, she holds a Ph.D. in Art History & Archaeology from Columbia University. She was Deputy Research Director of the Art and Cultural Property Team of the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the US and was an associate in the Art and International Law Practice Group at Herrick, Feinstein LLP in New York. Her law practice is primarily devoted to restitution of property taken from Jewish families during the Holocaust, especially Jewish ritual objects.

Prof. Jennifer Anglim Kreder, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, was a Litigation Associate with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, in New York, concentrating on Holocaust-era inter-governmental negotiation and property litigation issues, art disputes and class actions. She has given many invited lectures on historical art claims in domestic and foreign venues and published extensively, including in legal journals at Harvard, Northwestern, Penn, Vanderbilt, Duke, Virginia, Georgetown, University of Southern California and Washington University.

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