Stephen K. Urice
Professor of Law
J.D. 1984, Harvard Law School
Ph.D. 1981, Harvard University
Telephone: 305-284-3643 | Office: G272
Office hours: by appointment.
(In fall semester 2013, Professor Urice is serving as a Visiting Scholar at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. During that time, please direct requests for appointments to his assistant, Kathy Vizcaino, at email@example.com.)
Professor Urice teaches Elements of the Law, Trusts & Estates, Art Law, 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 American Law Institute's 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 2013, 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 briefing papers. Following the report's release late in 2010, Professor Urice participated in Aspen's dissemination efforts, serving on panel presentations at The New School (NYC), Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Graham Foundation (Chicago), among others.
Professor Urice earned his B.A. in English from Tufts University. Subsequently, at Harvard University, he earned his M.T.S. (Old Testament), Ph.D. (Fine Arts), and J.D. During graduate school he worked extensively as a field archaeologist in Cyprus, Tunisia, and Jordan. Following law school, he practiced at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York and at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles.
Prior to becoming director of Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum & Library in 1993, he served as counsel and acting director of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles. In 1998, Professor Urice was appointed to plan and implement The Pew Charitable Trusts' new cultural policy program, a $50 million, five-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, based at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a Lecturer in Law. He joined the faculty of the University of Miami School of Law in 2006.
Professor Urice has served on the University of Miami's Research Council and multiple committees at the Law School. Currently, he is a member of the university's Academic Advisory Committee for the Lowe Art Museum.
Professor Urice is a life member of the Archaeological Institute of America and a member of the American Alliance of Museums and the International Council on Museums (U.S.), among other professional groups.
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