Sunday, August 24, 2014

Federal Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program on Nazi Looted Art

Murder, Mystery & Masterpieces: Legal Implications of World War II Stolen Art

September 11, 2014 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST.
The problem of unrestituted Nazi looted art is one facing museums, governments and private collectors around the world. In 1998 the issue hit the front pages of the world press when District Attorney Robert Morgenthau’s seized two works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This seizure led to the U.S. State Department under the Clinton Administration to convene forty-four countries and prominent art world players to sign on to the Washington Conference Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art.
In the wake of the Washington Conference, many countries created commissions to oversee restitution of Nazi looted art. The Federal Bar Association in its 2014 Issues Agenda called on Congress to establish a commission on Nazi looted art. Join Ray Dowd as he discusses recent federal litigation and international developments involving the unfinished business of World War II and the legacy of the Holocaust. Learn why the Federal Bar Association has urged Congress to take action.

  • 1.5 CLE Credit Hours
  • Agenda
  • RaymondDowdRaymond J. Dowd is a partner in the law firm of Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP in New York City. He authors Copyright Litigation Handbook (West 7th Ed. 2013-2014)(updated annually). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association, having served as General Counsel (2011-2012), Vice President for the Second Circuit (2008-2013), President of the Southern District of New York Chapter (2006-2008) and on the Government Relations Committee (2010-2013). From 2013-2014 Mr. Dowd served as President of Network of Bar Leaders, a coalition of over fifty bar associations in Metropolitan New York. In 2013 he was appointed to serve on the Planning Committee for the Second Circuit Judicial Conference titled “Cybersecurity in an Age of Cyberterrorism”.
    His law 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.
    Mr. Dowd lectures frequently on copyright and art-related topics. He was selected for an expert panel in the 2009 Prague Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets and has lectured in many venues including the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the San Francisco War Memorial and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In 2007 he co-founded the 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.
     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

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