What is an "Arts Law Attorney"?
The art world has become increasingly complex, and there is a growing demand for qualified art law professionals. Complex issues such as stolen art, art authentication, artists’ rights, illicit antiquities, estate planning for artists, and the distribution of art in the digital age, have created opportunities for attorneys interested in advising artists, collectors, auction houses and galleries, and museums.
The diverse nature of the field requires art lawyers to have a wide range of legal expertise to represent their clients effectively and a command of the treaties, statutes, and common law that apply specifically to artists, collectors, and the art market.
An art law attorney must have the skills of a generalist and the knowledge of a specialist. Although many consider intellectual property law as the core of an art law practice, representing artists, dealers, and collectors brings an art lawyer into multiple areas of the law including contracts, torts, estate planning as well as property, tax, real estate, nonprofit organizations law. Art law cases often involve Constitutional issues such as free speech and censorship and both public and private international law.
Today, art lawyers work in law firms, museums, auction houses, and financial institutions. Works of art are bought and sold, implicating issues of good title and authenticity; loaned from museums to galleries and other museums, implicating insurance and contract matters; travel internationally for both commercial and private purposes, implicating international treaties and customs laws and regulations; and are often important assets in decedents’ estates, implicating tax and estate planning concerns. An art lawyer must be able to navigate this complex terrain of legal concepts and practical strategies.
Why the Arts Law track within the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M.?
This specialization provides U.S. and international attorneys and law students superior training and an edge when breaking into this competitive industry. All courses are taught by prominent practicing attorneys and the blended nature of the LL.M. enables students to maximize their studies and create a curriculum particular to their goals. In addition Arts track students have access to Miami Law’s unique relationships with:
The Aspen Institute – Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI – Miami Law and AEFI host the annual Hoffman Forum bringing together senior leaders of artist-endowed foundations to exchange ideas and learn about issues and innovations in policy and practice influencing their organizations individually and the field as a whole. In the past it has been hosted at prominent venues and foundations including: New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, The Richard Avedon Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and more. AEFI’s Director, teaches a short course in the Arts Law track.
University of Geneva, Switzerland – Miami Law offers a summer course in the area of Art Law with The University of Geneva Faculty.
Miami – An International City of the Arts
Miami is a haven for art lovers and a major city in today’s art world. It boasts a thriving international arts community and everything from small galleries to major art fairs such as Art Basel Miami, internationally recognized as the most important annual market for modern and contemporary art. It has world class museums and a remarkable group of private collections open to the public. The community of artists is supported by organizations such as ArtCenter South Florida and Cannonball, housed at the law school, which connects practicing attorneys and artists. The University of Miami is home to the Lowe Art Museum and the Beaux Art Festival, Miami's oldest juried fine arts festival. The proximity of these venues is ideal for training and enables students to have site visits with gallerists, museum professionals, lawyers practicing in the field, and provides Arts track students multiple opportunities to complete their practicum requirement.
Miami Law Art News:
Spotlight on Art Law: Intensive Course on Artists’ Role in Art Market and Philanthropic Arena
Professor Stephen Urice Delivers Paper at Princeton University on Cultural Heritage and War Crimes
Students Exposed to Business and Legal Side of Entertainment Law in Interdisciplinary Course on Content Distribution
Miami Law and Aspen Institute Host Forum on Art Law and Artist-Endowed Foundations at The Museum of Modern Art, NY
LAW & ART: Six Alumni for Whom Life is Less about the Art of the Deal than the Deal for the Art
Courses and Requirements
Prerequisites, required and elective courses provide a well-rounded but field-specific curriculum to match individual students’ interests. Elective course topics are subject to availability of faculty and classrooms. (Note: Non-listed required and elective courses may be taken with approval of the Director of the program.)
See Requirements for International Students Who Plan to Take the NY Bar
International students have the option to do a special course of study in the LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law to accumulate enough credits to comply with the State Board of Law Examiners’ requirements to qualify to sit for the New York Bar Exam. These students still complete the LL.M. in the same two-semester period and earn the same degree. If an international student does not want to take the N.Y. bar (or wants to take additional courses) he or she can use the additional courses for study of EASL electives of their choice.
Required Track Courses:
Art Law (3 credits)
Negotiating and Drafting for Artists and Dealers (1 credit)
Copyright Law (3 credits)
Trademark Law (2 credits)
Practicum (2 credits)
Required Elective Course (that may be Substituted with Director's Permission):
Negotiating and Drafting for Collectors and Museums (1 credit)
Required NY Bar Courses:
* This course complies with the State Board of Law Examiners’ requirements to qualify to sit for the New York Bar Exam.
Art Law - Examines the interaction of law and the visual arts within the U.S. legal system. Topics include artists' rights in their works; the art market, with an emphasis on problems of authenticity and good title; the fate of art in times of armed conflict; and art museums.
Negotiation and Drafting in Art – Introduces students to advising clients, and reading, drafting and negotiating contracts with application to arts law transactions.
Copyright Law - Addresses legal protection provided under the Copyright Act of 1976 (and subsequent amendments) for artistic, architectural, musical, and literary works.
Practicum - A practicum requirement affords students the opportunity for additional training in the workplace.
PREREQUISITES (4 of 6 required or equivalent)
Federal Income Tax
Trusts and Estates
EXAMPLES OF ELECTIVE COURSE OPTIONS
· Artists' Foundations: Law and Policy
· Museum Law
· Cultural Property and Heritage Law
· International Copyright
· Taxation of Exempt Organizations
· Media & Entertainment in the Digital Age
· Entertainment Law: TV and Motion Pictures
· Negotiating and Drafting for the Business of Entertainment
· Negotiation Skills
· Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining in the Entertainment Industry
· Communications Law
· Digital Rights Law
· Intellectual Property: Transactions and Litigation
· Media Distribution
· Media Law
· Social Media and Online Liability
ARTS LAW TRACK LEADERSHIP & FACULTY
Professor Stephen Urice is Director of the Arts Law Track. He is a preeminent legal authority in art and museum law is a co-author of the standard art law casebook Law, Ethics and the Visual Arts. Professor Urice has served as counsel and acting director of the Frederick Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles and director of Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum & Library. He directed the national culture program at The Pew Charitable Trusts before returning full-time to teaching and writing.
Michael Cheah – General Counsel of Vimeo, one of the premiere video-sharing websites. Responsible for leading the company’s public policy and legal compliance efforts.
Ana Francois - Faculty member at University of Miami School of Communication, Francois specializes in media management issues such as startups, rights management and valuations.
Mansour Ghomeshi - IP expert and VP and General Counsel at 360fly; previously lead IP counsel at Motorola and teaches course on Intellectual Property, Transactions and Negotiations.
Vivek Jayaram - Intellectual property expert with years of experience handling complex IP and general business disputes for U.S. companies in state and federal courts and for several foreign businesses.
Christine J. Vincent - Project Director for The Aspen Institute's Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative who advises private foundations and nonprofits and educational institutions.
Jaime Vining – Teaches Trademark and Advanced Trademark Law, and named a “rising Star” by Florida’s Super Lawyer Magazine since 2009.
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