Admitted

  • State of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Education

  • University of Texas – El Paso, B.A., Art, 1995
  • California Institute of the Arts , M.F.A., Art, 1997. Philip Morris Fellow
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program, 1998. Van Lier Fellow
  • Cornell Law School, J.D., 2006

SMS2My legal experience includes advising visual and performing artists, private foundations, public charities, and non-profit arts organizations on matters involving intellectual property (copyright, trademark), negotiating and drafting contractual agreements, public art commissions, authentication disputes, moral rights, free speech, and artist-gallery disputes.

I have also worked on an important appeal under the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 on behalf of the Swiss installation artist Christoph Büchel in the artist’s highly-publicized dispute with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. I also co-wrote amicus briefs for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court regarding another high-profile moral rights case, Chapman Kelley vs. Chicago Park District, in support of artist Chapman Kelley.

From 2006 to 2012, I was the Director of Education and Associate Director for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City, where I advised and represented visual and performing artists and arts organizations. I have over twelve years experience teaching art, critical theory, and law at the college or university level, and have had a contemporary art practice since 1994.

I provide pro bono services to select artists and art institutions, and I serve on the advisory board for three nonprofits: Denniston Hill Artists Residency, The Nietzsche Circle and The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. In 2010, I founded The Art & Law Program, the first residency of its kind, as well as the Art Law School, a lecture series on legal issue for artists. From 2009 to 2010 I was a mentor with the Kennedy Center’s Arts in Crisis Program , where I advised public charities across the U.S. on legal, business, marketing and fundraising issues. From 2008 to 2010, I also served as a New York State Council on the Arts panelist. I have also presented talks in art institutions and law schools ranging from Buenos Aires and Caracas to Paris, Harvard University and Cornell Law School.

Lastly, I am very fortunate to teach Contemporary Art and Law at Fordham Law School, where I am surrounded by an amazing faculty, extremely supportive staff, and a very intelligent group of law students. If you’d like to read my blogs or follow me on social media, you may access them here. I also contribute regularly to Hyperallergic, and those articles may also be accessed here. Lastly, if you’d like to read more about me, you might like Daniel Grant’s article on my art & law practice here (pdf format).