- 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
- 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
My legal experience includes advising visual and performing artists, private foundations, public charities, and non-profit arts organizations on matters involving intellectual property (copyright, trademark), drafting and negotiating 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.
Although I don’t have much time for pro bono services, I do 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 and from 2008 to 2010, I served as a New York State Council on the Arts panelist.
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.