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From Murder to Museums: Recent Cases and Ethical Considerations in Nazi Looted Art

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While much attention has been given to the resolution of the case surrounding the "Woman in Gold portrait", learn the facts and ethical considerations behind the current pending controversies regarding artworks looted by Nazi Germany, including Camille Pissarro’s “Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep,” currently residing at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman, Oklahoma and Egon Schiele’s “Girl With Black Hair,” currently at Oberlin College.

This fascinating discussion will look at the law, the history and the ethical considerations involved in the still unfolding cases resulting from the unfinished business of World War II.

Lecturer Bios

Raymond J. Dowd, Esq.

Raymond J. Dowd is a member of Dunnington Bartholow & Miller’s litigation and arbitration, and intellectual property and art law practice groups. He has broad commercial litigation experience in both federal and state trial and appellate courts, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in copyright and trademark, and domain name owners and content providers in litigation and arbitration. Representations include conducting bench and jury trials, arbitrations and administrative proceedings, emergency applications for injunctive relief, quashing subpoenas, obtaining, enforcing and collecting judgments. Trust and estates matters include contested probate proceedings through trial, disputes involving heirship and decedents’ estates. International litigation includes conducting depositions in Canada, France and Switzerland, pursuing discovery through letters rogatory, obtaining service of process in foreign countries and obtaining and challenging foreign experts. Mr. Dowd’s corporate counseling includes corporate and transactional work for entrepreneurial companies, including international licensing. Mr. Dowd also counsels art owners and dealers, including transactional representation, UCC filings, tracking and recovering stolen art and handling disputes involving provenance, authenticity and theft. Trademark counseling services include registration, policing and enforcing rights of trademark owners and users. Counseling political candidates includes election day onsite monitoring, poll access challenges, signature challenges and matters involving election law and political campaigns. Mr. Dowd petitioned successfully for the removal of the co-executors of American Tobacco heiress Doris Duke’s estate and upheld the first honorary pet trust challenged in New York history, obtaining a $100,000 trust for heiress Doris Duke’s dogs. Mr. Dowd’s recent lectures include “Conflicts of Law in Art Disputes” (Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Institute, New York County Lawyers’ Association, 2008); “Murder, Mystery and Egon Schiele’s Dead City: Swiss Laundering of Stolen Austrian Art” (Jewish Museum, Berlin Germany); “Fritz Grunbaum’s Art Collection: Legal Obstacles to the Recovery of Stolen Art” (Prague Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets, Czech Republic); “U.S. Copyright Law for the Non-U.S. Lawyer” (Montreal and Quebec City Canada and Berlin, Germany); “Copyright Litigation” (New York County Lawyers’ Association, 2005); “International Copyright: Foreign Copyrights in U.S. Courts” (New York County Lawyers’ Association, 2008); “When Art Meets Commerce, What Happens?” (Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Boston, San Francisco and Philadelphia Chapters), Federal Bar Association (Connecticut, Minneapolis and New Orleans Chapters); and “Nazi Art Looting” (Federal Bar Association Cleveland Chapter). Mr. Dowd is the Vice President for the Second Circuit of the Federal Bar Association, is on the Editorial Board of The Federal Lawyer Magazine and was President of Southern District of New York Chapter. Additionally, Mr. Dowd is a member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.; New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and Intellectual Property Law Section; and New York County Lawyers’ Association where he served on the Board of Directors as Co-Chair, Entertainment Media, Intellectual Property and Sports Law Section and on the Continuing Legal Education Committee. He is also a member of the National Arts Club. Mr. Dowd’s recent publications include Copyright Litigation Handbook, a Thomson West publication and Copyright Litigation Blog. He is a contributor of the New York Law Journal. Mr. Dowd is admitted to practice law in New York State, the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Northern U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Court of International Trade. Mr. Dowd Received his Bachelor of Arts from Manhattan College and his Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law, where he was the Articles Editor for the Fordham International Law Journal. Mr. Dowd is fluent in French and Italian.

Hon. Barbara Jaffe

Justice Barbara Jaffe received her BA, cum laude, from Syracuse University, as well as an MA in Italian Renaissance Art on a graduate fellowship in Florence, Italy. After six years in the wholesale antiques business, she attended Brooklyn Law School and obtained her JD. Justice Jaffe then represented indigent criminal defendants on appeal for The Legal Aid Society, successively served as principal court attorney to two Supreme Court justices in the Criminal Term, was elected to the New York City Civil Court, sat in that court and in the New York City Civil Court, and was appointed to the New York State Supreme Court, Civil Term, where she presides in an Individual Assignment Part and is specially assigned to try asbestos cases.

Justice Jaffe serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Section. She is a Founding Faculty member of New York County Lawyers Association’s (NYCLA) Art Litigation and Dispute Resolution Institute, and is a member of that association’s Pro Bono Committee and Supreme Court Committee, and has served on its Committee on Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgendered Issues. She co-chaired NYCLA’s Civil Court Practice Section and has lectured at numerous continuing legal education programs there and elsewhere, including the New York City Bar Association, which she represented as a delegate to the State Bar’s House of Delegates. She also served on the City Bar’s Committee on Nominations, Committee on Civil Rights, Art Law Committee, Special Committee on Capital Punishment, Committee on Civil Court, Committee on Criminal Law, and Special Committee on Public Service and Education, and chaired a joint City Bar/NYCLA committee that produced, in six languages, the “New York State Criminal Justice Handbook.”

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