Sunday, April 26, 2015

Art Law: From Murder To Museums - Recent Nazi Looted Art Cases - May 14 2015

Girl With Black Hair by Egon Schiele - Stolen From Fritz Grunbaum
(currently at Oberlin College)


Invites Members to attend a FREE 2 Credit CLE Course

FROM MURDER TO MUSEUMS: Recent Nazi Looted Art Cases

With Speakers:

Hon. Barbara Jaffe
Acting Justice, Supreme Court, 1st Judicial District, New York, NY
Raymond J. Dowd, Esq.
Partner-Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP, New York, NY

This free course, which includes lite dinner, is offered ONLY to our current members and is sponsored by NEW ROCHELLE BAR ASSOCIATION

WHERE: Monroe College, GADDY HALL, 380 Main Street, New Rochelle, N.Y.
WHEN: Thursday, May 14, 2015, Registration and Lite Dinner at 5:30 pm; CLE 6 – 8 pm

This 2-credit SKILLS CLE Course is approved as Transitional and Non-Transitional (appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys).  The NEW ROCHELLE BAR ASSOCIATION is certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of Continuing Legal Education in the State of New York

EMAIL YOUR RESPONSE to Jeffrey L. Levin, Esq., at


[NOTE! We will send a confirmation of registration by return email.
  If you do not receive a confirmation you are not registered and will not be admitted.]

NOTE: You will not be admitted if you arrive 10 minutes or more after the program begins.
Also, if you enroll for a CLE class and are unable to attend, please call Jeff Levin, Esq. at 725-3468 at least 24 hours in advance so that members who may have been placed on a waiting list can be registered.  If you enroll but fail to timely cancel for more than one CLE class, you may be precluded from attending future CLEs.

For more information on Nazi art looting, check out Can A Jewish Man Imprisoned In The Dachau Concentration Camp Transfer Good Title To A Schiele Painting?
 Copyright law, fine art and navigating the courts. All practice, no theory.
Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters Westlaw 2014-2015) by Raymond J. Dowd
 Copyright Litigation Handbook on Westlaw

Monday, April 20, 2015

European Fordham Law Alumni: Program In Paris on Nazi Looted Art June 26-27

I will be speaking on June 27 on Nazi art looting at the Sorbonne Law School in Paris France.  If you are a Fordham Law School alum, I hope you will consider joining us!  Thanks @fordhamlawnyc & @fordhamlawintl

Welcome Cocktail Reception
Friday, June 26, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Assistant Dean Vera Bullock
7, Rue du Perche
75003 Paris
Academic Program
Saturday, June 27, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Registration
10 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. - Program
Sorbonne Law School
Pantheon Building
Salle 1 (2nd Floor)
12, Place du Pantheon
75005 Paris
Dean Michael M. Martin
Associate Dean Nestor Davidson
Assistant Dean Toni Jaeger-Fine
Raymond Dowd '91, Partner, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP
Ariane Samson-Division, Associate, K&L Gates
Lunch will immediately follow in the Apartment Decanal

Alumni Dinner
8 p.m.
Location to be confirmed.
Complimentary for alumni and incoming students, €TBD for guests

RSVP by Friday, June 19th to or 212-636-6806.

More information at
 Copyright law, fine art and navigating the courts. All practice, no theory.Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters Westlaw 2014-2015) by Raymond J. Dowd
 Copyright Litigation Handbook on Westlaw

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Nazi Art Looting Program At Colorado Supreme Court - May 7, 2015

Looted Masterpieces:
The Ethical Implications of World War II Stolen Art
May 7, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Introduction by The Honorable Robert Bacharach,
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Presented by Raymond J. Dowd
This seminar will give attendees an overview about art looting during the Second World War and how sales of stolen works bankrolled large parts of the Nazi war machine. Attendees will also learn about laws that were passed in the wake of the looting, to return stolen art to its rightful owners, and the extent to which those laws have been successful. 
1 Ethics and 1 General Hour of Colorado CLE Credit
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Registration  opens at 4:30 pm.
Introduction:  5:00 pm –  5:15 pm
Presentation:  5:15 pm-6:15 pm
Reception: 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Location:   The Colorado Supreme Court 2 East 14th Avenue Denver, CO 80203
Mr. Dowd is a partner in the law firm of Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP in New York City. His legal practice centers on litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts, arbitration, and mediation. Notable cases in which he has acted as lead counsel involve 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.


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Registration Fee includes wine and cheese reception.

FBA Member $25                       Non Member $35

Send check payable to the Federal Bar Association Colorado Chapter

by May 4, 2015 to:  FBA Colorado Chapter, P.O. Box 13966, Denver, CO 80201


Cancellations received by 5:00 p.m., three business days before the seminar will receive a full refund; less than three business days prior to the seminar will be refunded less a $10 administrative fee; no shows will not receive a refund.

CLE Committee Co-Chairs Mimi Tsankov, Board Member,

and Margaret Cordova, President, FBA Colorado Chapter

For information on FBA Colorado Chapter membership, events and programs, please visit our website at  Email:
 Copyright law, fine art and navigating the courts. All practice, no theory.Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters Westlaw 2014-2015) by Raymond J. Dowd
 Copyright Litigation Handbook on Westlaw

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Second Circuit, Nazi Looted Art, and Why Museums Are Letting ISIS Flourish

Camille Pissaro - La Bergere Rentrant des Moutons

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has remanded a case against the University of Oklahoma brought by a Jewish woman seeking the return of a painting by Camille Pissaro that had been stolen by the Nazis from her father.

This case is one of a wave in the United States where museums have asserted statutes of limitations to hold artwork that the museums know to be stolen from Jewish families.  This violates an international agreement that the United States signed in 1998 known as the Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art.

I discuss why museum directors who launder stolen art, rather than return it to the families from whom it was stolen should be prosecuted and jailed in a law review article Nazi Looted Art and Cocaine:  When Museum Directors Take It, Call The Cops.

If you are interested in the topic, please check out this 2014 report by the Jewish Claims Conference:  Art and Judaica Looted by Nazis from Jews Still Largely Unidentified; Review of 50 Countries Shows Little Progress Despite International Pacts   It blasts museums for failing to follow their own ethics codes.

U.S. museums are the ultimate repository for billions in stolen art, meaning that the U.S. taxpayer finances looting operations, past and present.  To understand how ISIS finances its operations through looted antiquities, I recommend Col Matthew Bogdanos' lectures and his book The Thieves of Baghdad: One Marine's Passion For Ancient Civilizations and the Journey To Recover The World's Greatest Stolen Treasures.   The Colonel and I recently spoke at the National Arts Club where he described the role of museums and auction houses in laundering antiquities.

When will prosecutors have the courage to take on The American Alliance of Museums?  The National Stolen Property Act has long forbid the transport, possession and concealment of stolen property (as does the law of every state), but prosecutors don't have the gumption to take on rich, powerful and popular museums.  The result is that tax breaks are given out for donations of stolen property.  The U.S. taxpayer is the victim, our museums have been transformed into laundering institutions, and we wonder why organizations like ISIS continue to flourish,.  Prosecutors too dumb to follow the money or too interested in taking easy cases that won't offend anyone wealthy.
 Copyright law, fine art and navigating the courts. All practice, no theory.Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters Westlaw 2014-2015) by Raymond J. Dowd
 Copyright Litigation Handbook on Westlaw

Monday, March 09, 2015

Nazi Looted Art: Cases, Ethics and Law - March 24, 2015 Westchester Women's Bar Association

Nazi Looted Art: Cases, Ethics and Law

Presenter: Raymond Dowd, Esq.  
With last year’s film Monuments Men, the upcoming Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, and with the documentary The Rape of Europa on PBS, the story of Adolph Hitler’s art looting program is finally gaining Hollywood’s attention. A find of 1,400 artworks in Munich last year in the possession of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of one of Hitler’s art dealers, raised an international firestorm. But the unfinished business of World War II remains unfinished, with governments and families continuing to trace stolen artworks that are hidden in public and private art collections worldwide. With D.A. Robert Morgenthau’s seizure of Egon Schiele’s Portrait of Wally and Dead City III in 1998, world attention focused on the topic. Speaker Raymond J. Dowd of Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP brought the first federal Holocaust-era Nazi art looting case to trial in the Southern District of New York and argued it twice to the Second Circuit. In an entertaining and art-filled lecture, he will present the law, the history and the ethical concerns that continue to face our courts today.

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Registration and Networking
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Program
Place: Toscana Ristorante
214 Main Street, Eastchester, NY 10707
Fee: $55.00 for WWBA members, $65.00 for non-members.

Dinner; cash bar

RSVP: By March 19h, 2015 to
1.5 CLE Credits (includes 0.5 hr. Ethics)1
Attendance limited to WWBA and WPBA members and their invited guests.
 Copyright law, fine art and navigating the courts. All practice, no theory.Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters Westlaw 2014-2015) by Raymond J. Dowd
 Copyright Litigation Handbook on Westlaw