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Colleagues and Friends: All About Art Law

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This month's Colleagues and Friends explores the ins and outs of art law, with experts in intellectual property, cultural patrimony, and nonprofit law sharing their experiences and discussing their varied career paths. Shelley Sanders Kehl, NYU Visual Arts Administration Faculty and former General Counsel at Pratt Institute, will be joined by Lori E. Fox, former Deputy General Counsel at the J. Paul Getty Trust, and Gloria C. Phares, a lawyer who focuses on intellectual property, including copyright and trademark issues.





Shelley Sanders Kehl has been a lawyer in the nonprofit community for more than 35 years, and she has taught a graduate course in Law and the Visual Arts at NYU for 25 years. She serves on the NY Nonprofit Coordinating Committee’s Government Relations Committee, which works with federal, state, and local governments on the laws and regulations which govern the nonprofit sector. She counsels numerous colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, and has been a board member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. For a decade she was General Counsel for Pratt Institute and has advised institutions on matters of stolen antiquities, intellectual property, and education in the arts. In addition to her law degree, she holds a doctoral degree in Higher Education and is a partner with the law firm of Bond Schoeneck & King in New York. She has absolutely no artistic or creative skills.

Lori E. Fox has been General Counsel to Teachers College since 2009. She previously served as Deputy General Counsel to the J. Paul Getty Trust, and as Associate General Counsel at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also taught. She began her legal career as a U.S. District Court law clerk and as a litigator in private practice. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and has spoken on diverse topics at the annual ALI-ABA conference on Legal Issues in Museum Administration and many NACUA conferences.  

Gloria C. Phares, who is of counsel with Hoffmann, Marshall Strong LLP, has practiced intellectual property law (primarily copyright and trademarks) for almost 30 years, advising and litigating on behalf of publishers, museums, non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, and authors and visual artists.  Her litigation also includes representing artists in First Amendment cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal courts of appeals.  She has presented on copyright issues at an ALI-ABA conference on Legal Issues in Museum Administration, at National Association of College and University Attorneys annual meetings, and at the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia University.  She authored Appropriation Art and Copyright Law in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (OUP, 1998; rev. 2014), and she is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City.



The Colleagues and Friends Breakfast series invites established women in the art world to have conversations about their current positions, career paths, and professional relationships. The program is generously hosted by artnet at their headquarters in the Woolworth Building.