Stephen K. Urice
Professor of Law
J.D. 1984, Harvard Law School
Ph.D. 1981, Harvard University
Professor Urice teaches Trusts & Estates, Law and the Visual Arts, Museum Law, and Cultural Property Law. He lectures nationally and internationally on cultural heritage law and policy and has served on the faculty and planning committee of the ALI-ABA course of study Legal Issues in Museum Administration for many years. He is co-author of the standard art law casebook, Merryman, Elsen, and Urice, Law, Ethics and the Visual Arts (5th. Edition, 2007).
From 2008 until its publication in 2010, Professor Urice served on the Study Committee of the Aspen Institute's report The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the Next Generation of Artist-endowed Foundations to which he also contributed two briefing papers.
Professor Urice earned his B.A. in English from Tufts University and subsequently a master's degree in Biblical Archaeology, a Ph. D. in Fine Arts, and a J.D., all from Harvard University. He practiced trusts and estates at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York and at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles.
He served as counsel and acting director of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles prior to becoming director of Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum & Library.
In 1998, Professor Urice was appointed to plan and implement The Pew Charitable Trusts' new cultural policy program, a $50 million, 5-year effort to assist nonprofit cultural organizations participate more fully in the development of cultural policies at local, state, and federal levels.
In 2003, Professor Urice became director of the Project for Cultural Heritage Law & Policy, which seeks to promote the teaching of cultural heritage issues in law schools, schools of public policy, and departments of anthropology, art history, and related fields. Professor Urice joined the faculty of the University of Miami School of Law in June 2006.
Professor Urice serves on the University of Miami's Research Council and is faculty advisor to the Law School's Intellectual Property Society. He sits on the board of the Wolfsonian Museum and the American Friends of the Arts in Ireland. He is a life member of the Archaeological Institute of America and a member of the American Association of Museums and the International Council on Museums (U.S.) among other professional groups.
Professor Urice joined the faculty of the University of Miami School of Law in June 2006.
Professor Stephen Urice comments in NY Times story about how major American museums are relinquishing extraordinary antiquities because a foreign government claims they were looted. Read story