The Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP) endeavors to use the law as a tool to preserve cultural heritage resources both domestically and abroad. The field of cultural heritage law comprises several areas, including protection of archaeological sites; preservation of historic structures and the built environment; preservation of and respect for both the tangible and intangible aspects of indigenous cultures; the international market in art works and antiquities; and recovery of stolen art. As can be imagined with such a multifaceted subject, our work is equally diverse focusing on education and advocacy.
We strive to inform the public about cultural heritage issues; engage in policy debates; file amicus curiae briefs in litigation; endeavor to 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 sponsor an annual Law Student Writing Competition and hold conferences on hot topics that feature and attract top names in the field. Our membership is not restricted to lawyers; we welcome both institutional and individual members, including individuals without legal training. We invite you to peruse our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.
Tom Kline, President