Stephen K. Urice

Professor of Law

J.D. 1984, Harvard Law School
Ph.D. 1981, Harvard University

Phone: 305-284-3643
Office: G272
Office Hours:

Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and by appointment

Professor Urice teaches courses in Elements of the Law, Trusts & Estates, Art Law, Museum Law, and Cultural Property Law and seminars primarily in Art, Museum, 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 a co-author of the standard art law casebook, Merryman, Elsen, and Urice, Law, Ethics and the Visual Arts (5th. ed., 2007), which he is now revising for the 6th edition. With Professor Reid Weisbord of Rutgers School of Law (Newark), Professor Urice is writingWills, Trusts, & Estates: The Essentials (Aspen Publishers, expected 2016). He is currently working on articles relating to the doctrine of cy pres and single-donor museums and U.S. policy regarding illegally exported antiquities.

From 2008 until 2013, Professor Urice served on the Study Committee of the Aspen Institute's 2-volume report The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the Next Generation of Artist-endowed Foundations to which he also contributed briefing papers. Following publication of the report in 2010, Professor Urice assisted with Aspen's two-year effort to disseminate the report’s findings, participating on 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. In his graduate work, at Harvard University, he earned a M.T.S. (Old Testament), Ph.D. (Fine Arts), and J.D. During his doctoral program, based at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, Professor Urice worked extensively as a field archaeologist in Cyprus, Tunisia, and Jordan. His dissertation focused on an early-Islamic site in Jordan, where he directed excavations in cooperation with the Jordanian Department of Antiquities and with funding from the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture. Professor Urice published the results of that archaeological expedition in Qasr Kharana in the Transjordan (American Schools of Oriental Research, 1987).

Following law school, he joined the Trusts and Estates department at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (New York). He later moved to Los Angeles where he practiced at Irell & Manella focusing on estate planning, the law of private foundations, and museum and art law. While at Irell & Manella, Professor Urice joined the adjunct faculty of the U.C.L.A. School of Law where he taught classes in art law.

Professor Urice left the practice of law to serve as counsel and acting director of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles. He then served as director of Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum & Library and subsequently accepted an appointment with The Pew Charitable Trusts to plan and implement The 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 served as Lecturer in Law. He joined the faculty of the University of Miami School of Law in 2006.

Professor Urice’s service to UM and the Miami community includes past membership on the university’s Research Council and multiple law school committees. Currently, he serves on the university's Academic Advisory Committee for the Lowe Art Museum. He is a past member of the Board of Miami’s Wolfsonian Museum.

Professor Urice is a member of the New York, Massachusetts, and California bars. Among other professional organizations, he is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, the International Council on Museums (U.S)., and the Archaeological Institute of America (life member since 1972).

In 2007, Professor Urice married the late Dr. Mark H. Beers, shortly before they celebrated their 32d anniversary together.

 Publications

Recent Issues in Authentication, Legal Issues in Museum Administration, 27-57 (American Law Institute (2013), pp. 27-57(with Robert D. Hallman and Philippa Loengard).

Cultural Property Roundtable: Updates and Case Studies, Legal Issues in Museum Administration 1-27 (American Law Institute: 2013) (with Julie Getzels and Stephen J. Knerly).

Lyndel V. Prott, Ruth Redmond-Cooper, and Stephen K. Urice, editors, Realising Cultural Heritage Law: Festschrift for Patrick O’Keefe, Institute of Art and Law (2013).

Special Collections, Legal Issues in Museum Administration, 415-424 (American Law Institute-American Bar Association: (2012) (with Carol R. Butler).

Gift Restriction Case Law Overview: Interpreting Gift Restrictions, Legal Issues in Museum Administration. 169-177 (American Law Institute-American Bar Association: (2012) (with Lawrence Burger, William Bucciero and John Sare).

Elizabeth Taylor's van Gogh: An Alternative Route to Restitution of Holocaust Art? 22 DePaul Journal of Art, Technology, & Intellectual Property 1 (2011).

Resolving the Disjunction between Cultural Property Policy and Law: A Call for Reform. 64 Rutgers L. Rev. 117 (2011) (with Andrew L. Adler).

Between Rocks and Hard Places: Unprovenanced Antiquities and the National Stolen Property Act, 40 N. M. L. Rev. 123 (2010).

Deaccessioning: A Few Observations. Legal Issues in Museum Administration. Philadelphia: American Law Institute-American Bar Association (2010), pp. 207-216.

Deaccessioning: Selected Policies. Legal Issues in Museum Administration. Philadelphia: American Law Institute-American Bar Association (2010), pp. 233-268 (with Henry Lanman and Steven J. Knerly).

Provenance Research: Ethical and Legal Implications for Museums. Legal Issues in Museum Administration. Philadelphia: American Law Institute-American Bar Association (2009), unpaginated course book insert.

Preventing Looting after Armed Combat: The Way Forward for U.S. Nongovernmental Cultural Heritage Organizations (with Bonnie Burnham), in Antiquities Under Siege: Cultural Heritage Protection after the Iraq War (Lawrence Rothfield, ed., 2008).

Conflict of Interest and the Governing Board (with Richard Goldsmith & Lori E. Fox), ALI-ABA Course of Study, Legal Issues in Museum Administration (April 2-4, 2008).

Law, Ethics and the Visual Arts, (with John Henry Merryman and Albert E. Elsen) 5th ed. (Kluwer 2007).

The Beautiful One Has Come to Stay, in Imperialism, Art and Restitution 135 (John Henry Merryman, ed., 2006).

Litigation Update, 2004-5: The Barnes Foundation, in Legal Problems Of Museum Administration, San Francisco 399 (2005).

Recent Cases in the United States Regarding Holocaust-Period Art Seized Illegally, 15 Stud. Art Law 95 (2004).

Chronological Check List of Significant Developments, Publications, and Cases Regarding Holocaust Period Art in the United States, 15 Stud. Art Law 241(with Stephen Clark and Constance Lowenthal) (2004).

External Constraints on Museum Authority, in Legal Problems Of Museum Administration, Philadelphia 15 (2004).

Maintaining Economic Stability in Times of Economic Distress, in Legal Problems Of Museum Administration, Philadelphia 39 (2003).

Who Owns Culture? The International Conference on Cultural Property and Patrimony at the Casa Italiana, 8 Colum. Int'l J. Cultural Prop. 563 (1999).

World War II and the Movement of Cultural Property: An Introduction and Brief Bibliography for the Museum Administrator, in Legal Problems of Museum Administration, Philadelphia 1 (1998).

Editorial Board Member, The Spoils Of War: World War II And Its Aftermath: The Loss, Reappearance, And Recovery Of Cultural Property (Harry N. Abrams, ed. 1997).

Claims to Ownership of the Treasure of Priam, in The Spoils Of War World War II And Its Aftermath: The Loss, Reappearance, And Recovery Of Cultural Property 204 (Harry N. Abrams, ed., 1997).

Director's Foreword, in Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Centennial Exhibition (Exhibition Catalog) (Philadelphia: Rosenbach Museum & Library, 1997).

How to Draft and Update a Collections Management Policy: Legal Issues, in Legal Problems Of Museum Administration, Philadelphia (unpaginated insert) (1997).

Legal Issues, in The Merck Manual Of Medical Information, Home Edition 1367 (1997).

Business Relationships: Legal, Tax, and Liability Limitations, in Legal Problems of Museum Administration, Philadelphia (unpaginated insert) (with Judith S. Cox) (1996).

Non-Traditional Funding Sources: Understanding and Managing Risk, The "New Era" of Investments, in Legal Problems of Museum Administration, Philadelphia 19 (1996).

Director's Foreword, in Robert Burns: The Poet's Progress (Exhibition Catalog) (Philadelphia: Rosenbach Museum & Library, 1995).

Privatizing the Public Museum, in Legal Problems of Museum Administration, Philadelphia, unpaginated insert (1995).

Promised Gifts to Museums or Would a Pledge By Any Other Name Be More Enforceable?, in Legal Problems of Museum Administration, Philadelphia 463 (1995).

Director's Foreword, in Sendak at the Rosenbach (Exhibition Catalog) (Philadelphia: Rosenbach Museum & Library, 1995).

Director's Foreword, in Arcades of Philadelphia the Present: Manuscripts of the 1992-93 Pew Fellowships in the Arts Disciplinary Winners in Poetry (Exhibition Catalog) (Philadelphia: Rosenbach Museum & Library, 1995).

A Contract Law Primer for the Museum Administrator, in Legal Problems of Museum Administration, Philadelphia 129 (1994).

Some Issues Raised by the Cases(s) of the Barnes Foundation: Enforcing a Donor's Restrictions, Cy Pres, and Deviation (Or How Long is Forever?), in Legal Problems of Museum Administration, Philadelphia 489 (1993).

Museum News, Occasional Contributor, 1993-1998.

Aging in Good Health (with Mark H. Beers, M.D. et al.) (1992).

Works of Visual Arts, in Nimmer on Copyright ch. 28 (with Linda F. Pinkerton, Esq.) (1992).

Current Cases and Controversies Concerning International Repatriation or Return, in Legal Problems of Museum Administration, Philadelphia 97 (1991).

Legal Aspects of Acquiring a Collection of Fine Art, in American Bar Association (Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law), Annual Meeting (1990).

The Continued Viability of Revocable Trusts (with John R. Cohan, Esq.) (1989).

Trust Administrative Provisions: Co-Trustees and Special Trustees (with John R. Cohan, Esq.) (1988).

Qasr Kharana in the Transjordan. Durham, North Carolina: American Schools of Oriental Research, 1987.

 News / Media

Professor Stephen Urice in "Okinawa crown mystery defies leads after nearly 70 years" in Stars and Stripes.

Professor Stephen Urice in "No Quick Answers in Fights Over Art Museums' Property Claims Are Not Simply About Evidence" in The New York Times.

Professor Stephen Urice is quoted in "Stolen-artifacts case has cost much, yielded little, critics say" in the Los Angeles Times.

Professor Stephen Urice comments in "Cambodia Presses U.S. Museums to Relinquish Antiquities" in The New York Times.

Professor Stephen Urice is quoted in "Field has mulled selling artifacts: Money from 2004 auction of Western art was used to pay staff, records show" in Chicago Tribune.

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

Phone: 305-284-3643
Office: G272
Office Hours:

Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and by appointment

Faculty Assistant

Antoinette Nelson

Phone: 305-284-4277
Office: G387