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Katherine Kaplan, Executive Director

Kate is the Executive Director of the Lawyer's Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. She has a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School with a certificate of specialization in Admiralty & Maritime law. 

Kate received a bachelor’s degree in Classical Archeology and Art History with a minor in Museum Studies from Florida State University, where she participated in both archeological excavations and historic preservation. 



Jan Felman, Fall 2019 Fellow 

Jan Felman is a graduate of Emory University and Temple University Beasley  School of Law. For the bulk of her legal career she represented the Philadelphia, PA transportation authority, SEPTA. 

In May, 2019 she was awarded a M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Gratz College, Philadelphia, PA.Her thesis focused on contemporary issues in German Holocaust art restitution. 





Joy Naifeh, 2018 Fellow

Joy Naifeh is a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, where she was research assistant to the Dean and a member of the school’s Jessup International Law Moot Court team, among other things. Joy received bachelor’s degrees in History and Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University. Joy entered law school to facilitate a career shift from the preservation of individual homes and landscapes to a wider involvement in the protection of our built environment and other facets of cultural heritage. To this end she attended the Tulane-Siena Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage & the Arts, spent a semester studying at DePaul University College of Law’s Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law during which she externed with the Chicago History Museum, and she currently serves on the board of directors of a small house museum.

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