Friday, October 17, 2014

NAZI ART LOOTING RESTITUTION SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT LEADS TO CHRISTIE’S AUCTION OF RARE ARTWORK

New York, NY (MMD Newswire) October 16, 2014 - Christie's auction house today announced the upcoming November 5 evening Impressionist and Modern auction of Town on the Blue River (1910) an extremely rare watercolor landscape by the Austrian artist Egon Schiele (1890-1918). The auction is the result of the successful resolution of a restitution settlement agreement with the estate of Fritz Grünbaum, a Viennese Jewish cabaret performer in (1880-1941) who died in the Dachau Concentration Camp.


 
Town on the Blue River (Stadt am blauen Fluss - Krumau)(1910)
In 1998, the plight of Fritz Grunbaum and his death in Dachau gained international headlines when District Attorney Robert Morgenthau seized Dead City III from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Dead City III, together with 80 other artworks by Egon Schiele were in Grünbaum's apartment in Vienna when the Gestapo arrested him on March 22, 1938 and deported him to Dachau, where he was murdered. Although the MoMA was compelled to return Dead City III to Austria because its exhibition at MoMA in New York was immunized from seizure by treaty, the seizure garnered international headlines and led to the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets in 1998 and to an international movement in favor of returning Nazi-looted artwork to Holocaust victims and their survivors.

Recent films such as George Clooney's Monuments Men and The Rape of Europa based on Allied efforts during World War II to recover artworks stolen by the Nazi regime have rekindled interest in recovering artworks belong to Jewish families.

Attorney Raymond J. Dowd of Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP www.dunnington.com in New York City stated: "On behalf of the Grunbaum heirs, I thank the Estate of Ilona Gerstel and Christie's for their cooperation in resolving the Holocaust restitution claim to Stadt am Blauen Fluss (Krumau) by Egon Schiele. The Grunbaum heirs and I are very pleased to completely support the sale of this important work at the Impressionist and Modem Evening Sale on November 5, 2014 in New York. We also want to acknowledge and thank the late Ilona Gerstel for her generosity in designating several important Holocaust-related charities as beneficiaries of her Estate."

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Law on the Half Shell: Film Screening and Discussion On Oysters and the Law October 15 in NYC



Dunnington partner Raymond J. Dowd invites you to a screening of the internationally acclaimed documentary SHELLSHOCKED – Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves and follow-up discussion of the legal controversies brewing over oysters.  The event is to be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the New York County Lawyers’ Association (14 Vesey Street, New York, NY).

Formerly known as the oyster capital of the world, New York Harbor is now bereft of oysters.  Overfishing and pollution have devastated oyster reefs worldwide, leading to their labeling as the ‘most severely impacted marine habitat’ on the planet.  With a single oyster able to filter over fifty gallons of water per day and reefs of oysters forming the bases of entire ecosystems and economies, the effects of this destruction have been dire.  Attempts are underway to rebuild oyster reefs, with New York Harbor the focus of the youth-led Billion Oyster Project.  Yet such endeavors have faced tremendous opposition, ranging from the Obama Administration’s removal in 2014 of Drakes Bay Oyster Farm in Marin County, CA and the Supreme Court’s subsequent refusal to review the decision, to the State of Massachusetts blocking current efforts to use oysters to clean up the polluted Mystic River, to New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation hampering individual homeowner efforts to clean up New York’s polluted waterways through oyster farming.

SHELLSHOCKED – Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves, winner in the category of Best Short Feature at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival 2012, focuses on efforts to restore oysters to the waters where they once thrived and the pushback such undertakings have faced, both legally and environmentally.  Following the screening, SHELLSHOCKED director Emily Driscoll, Meredith Comi of the NY/NJ Baykeeper’s Oyster Restoration Program and internationally renowned geotherapy-focused artist Mara Haseltine will join Mr. Dowd in a discussion of these issues.

Tickets for Law on the Half Shell are available on the NYCLA website.  The cost is $35 for NYCLA members/$55 for non-members (includes 2 CLE credits) and $15 for non-attorneys.  We hope to see you there!



About Dunnington partner Raymond J. Dowd  Mr. Dowd’s practice consists of federal and state trial and appellate litigation, arbitration and mediation.  He has served as lead trial counsel in notable cases involving art law, copyrights, trademarks, cybersquatting, privacy, trusts and decedents’ estates, licensing, corporate and real estate transactions.  He has litigated questions of Austrian, Canadian, French, German, Italian, Russian and Swiss law and handled contentious matters in Surrogate’s Court, including Matter of Flamenbaum, 2013 NY Slip Op 07510 (Nov. 14, 2013), in which he succeeded in recovering an ancient Assyrian tablet for the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

Mr. Dowd is the author of the acclaimed Copyright Litigation Handbook (West-Thomson Reuters) and frequently lectures on copyright litigation, including before the prestigious Copyright Society of the U.S.A.  In 2014, Copyright Litigation Handbook was selected by Cravath partners David Marriott and David Kappos for a copyright dispute externship at Columbia Law School.  At the 2009 Prague Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets, he was selected for an expert legal panel, and he has lectured widely at venues including the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the San Francisco War Memorial, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and many chapters of the Federal Bar Association.  In 2007, he co-founded the annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Institute at New York County Lawyers’ Association.

Mr. Dowd is a graduate of Manhattan College (B.A. International Studies cum laude, 1986) and Fordham Law School (1991), where he served on the Fordham International Law Journal.  He speaks French and Italian.  He is admitted to practice in the State of New York and to the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and to the First, Second, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP was selected as a 2014 Top Ranked Law Firm for Intellectual Property by Corporate Counsel/ALM/The American Lawyer.  Dunnington is a full-service law firm providing corporate, litigation, intellectual property, real estate, taxation and estate planning services for an international clientele.  Find out more at www.dunnington.com.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska To Swear In New Federal Bar Association SDNY Chapter Officers October 7, 2014




Swearing In of New Officers by
The Honorable Loretta A. Preska
Chief Judge
Southern District of New York
 
Date:
October 7, 2014, 5 p.m.
Location:
Courtroom 12A
Daniel P. Moynihan United States Courthouse
500 Pearl Street
 
˜ Light refreshments 
                                                               
Incoming Officers

President:                              Olivera Medenica, Esq.
President-Elect:                     Michael J. Zussman, Esq.
Vice President:                       Stacy E. Yeung, Esq.                   
Secretary:                               Ira R. Abel, Esq.
Treasurer:                              Steven S. Landis, Esq.
National Delegate:                Wylie M. Stecklow, Esq.
Delegate to the
Network of Bar Leaders:      William F. Dahill, Esq.
Government Relations:         Amy Gell, Esq.




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Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters Westlaw 2012-2013) by Raymond J. Dowd Copyright Litigation Handbook on Westlaw

Friday, September 26, 2014

Dunnington Partner Raymond J. Dowd’s Copyright Litigation Handbook Selected for Columbia Law School Copyright Dispute Resolution Externship

 


 

Copyright Litigation Handbook (West-Thomson Reuters 2013-2014 ed.), authored by Dunnington partner Raymond J. Dowd, was selected as the text for Columbia University School of Law’s “Copyright Dispute Resolution Externship,” taught by Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP  partners David Kappos and David Marriott.  The Externship is limited to eight competitively selected Columbia Law J.D. and LL.M. candidates and is divided into classroom and fieldwork components.   Following a weekly two-hour seminar, students split into four teams of two dedicate ten hours weekly to pro bono copyright dispute matters.  Fieldwork cases are identified by the Copyright Alliance, a nonprofit organization representing artists, creators, and innovators.  The Externship will impart a broad understanding of copyright through exercise of practical skills including case evaluation, drafting of complaints and answers, serving and responding to written discovery, trying a case, negotiating settlements, and drafting licensing agreements.    

Copyright Litigation Handbook is widely recognized by practitioners as an authoritative “hands on” guide to the Copyright Act and how it intersects with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Evidence, and litigation practices unique to copyright.  It is currently in its seventh edition.

Dunnington partner Raymond J.  Dowd’s lectures on copyright litigation include the prestigious Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the New York State Bar Association.  In 2007, he co-founded the annual Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Institute at New York County Lawyers’ Association and frequently presents on art law.  At the 2009 Prague Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets, he was selected for an expert legal panel, and he has lectured widely at venues including the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the San Francisco War Memorial, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and many chapters of the Federal Bar Association. 

Mr. Dowd’s law practice consists of federal and state trial and appellate litigation, arbitration and mediation.  He has served as lead trial counsel in notable cases involving art law, copyrights, trademarks, cybersquatting, privacy, trusts and decedents’ estates, licensing, corporate and real estate transactions. He has litigated questions of Austrian, Canadian, French, German, Italian, Russian and Swiss law and handled contentious matters in Surrogate’s Court, including Matter of Flamenbaum,  2013 NY Slip Op 07510 (Nov. 14, 2013), where he recovered an ancient Assyrian tablet for the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

Mr. Dowd is a graduate of Manhattan College (B.A. International Studies cum laude 1986) and Fordham Law School (1991), where he served on the Fordham International Law Journal.  He speaks French and Italian. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York, to the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and to the First, Second, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP was selected as a 2014 Top Ranked Law Firm for Intellectual Property by Corporate Counsel/ALM/The American Lawyer.  Dunnington is a full-service law firm providing corporate, litigation, intellectual property, real estate, taxation and estate planning services for an international clientele.  Find out more at www.dunnington.com.

For more information on the Copyright Dispute Resolution Externship at Columbia Law School, please visit http://web.law.columbia.edu/social-justice/students/classes-clinics-externships/externships/fall-2014/copyright-dispute-resolution-externship.

For more information on the Copyright Alliance, please visit http://copyrightalliance.org/.
For more information on Copyright Litigation Handbook, please visit http://legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/law-products/Treatises/Copyright-Litigation-Handbook-2014-2015-ed/p/100340035


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Champagne and Oysters at LI Film Screening Sunday in Westhampton Beach: Shellshocked: Saving Oysters To Save Ourselves

 
SHELLSHOCKED: 
Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves
Written, directed, and produced by Emily Driscoll

Sunday, Sept.
28th 

What is the most severely impacted marine environment on Earth?
The Oyster reef. This documentary follows efforts ranging from NYC
to the East End of Long Island that help to prevent the extinction of
wild oysters; an organism which keeps our bays healthy.
1:00pm - Film Screening –
FREE
Admission. Q&A with the film’s
author and producer, Emily Driscoll, and Special Guest speaker
Gregg Rivara from Cornell Cooperative of Suffolk County. 
Champagne and Oyster Reception afterwards.
3:00pm – We are delighted to have joined forces with
S.E.E.D.
   Their event continues after the screening at the
Westhampton Country Club.  For ticket information go to:
www.ACFELICHEFS.org


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 Copyright law, fine art and navigating the courts. All practice, no theory.
Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters Westlaw 2012-2013) by Raymond J. Dowd Copyright Litigation Handbook on Westlaw