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Art Law: Education and Conference in Collaboration with Sotheby's Institute of Art [Cal. MCLE Credit Available]

  • Monday, January 26, 2015
  • Saturday, January 31, 2015
  • The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

Art Law: Education and Conference
in collaboration with Sotheby's Institute of Art

Art Law Education: How to Craft a Law Practice for the Art World
[14 Cal. Participatory MCLE credits available*] 

This intensive education program is specifically designed for lawyers and art-world professionals with legal experience who are serious about providing high quality, informed representation for clients with art world matters. The program provides practitioners, regardless of their legal background, with the practical knowledge and working tools to effectively represent clients in the art world and to build a strong art law practice.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art faculty and guest lecturers offer expert instruction on a wide array of legal topics to a select group limited to to 20 participants.

Day 1 sessions cover on transactional basics from intellectual property to contracts and business entities.

Day 2 sessions cover art as a financial instrument, estate planning, tax, and real estate.

Day 3 sessions examine the role of art in an international context with a focus on cultural property considerations and restitution matters.

Participants have access to top practitioners in the field, receive exclusive access to art world events during the course of the program, and have the opportunity to participate at a special rate in the Conference that follows the education program.

Course Fees:

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Art Law Conference: The Practice of Law in the International Art World
[11 Cal. General Participatory MCLE credits and 1 Cal. Ethics Participatory MCLE credit available*]

This two-day conference gathers together top attorneys and professionals to engage and debate the way that the law is actually encountered and practiced in the international art world.

2 Days: $975
1 Day: $590

From estate planning and tax guidance to intellectual property to critical decision-making skills, the conference offers fresh insight into the areas of legal and business practice from top professionals with years of experience working with art world clients at the highest levels.

In addition to the formal sessions and small group discussions, there will be ample opportunity to mingle with conference presenters and other attendees.

Evening events with internationally known artists and art world personalities and unique art world experiences are included in the programming.

Contemporary artist Shepard Fairey will give the keynote address at the Art Law Conference.
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CLA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.  If you wish to receive credit in another state please contact Sotheby's Institute of Art immediately. We will do our best to assist you in obtaining credit in states other than California as long as there is sufficient time prior to the program dates to obtain approval. Otherwise, it will be your responsibility to check with your State Bar Association to determine whether this program is eligible and whether you may petition for approval of credits. 


California Lawyers for the Arts: Illinois Financial Hardship Policy

Registration fee waivers to attend California Lawyers for the Arts’ education programs are available to members of the Illinois bar with demonstrated financial hardship.

To apply, applicants must submit a request in writing that includes:

1) an explanation of the applicant's reasons for wanting to attend the program;
2) proof of income or explanation of financial hardship; and
3) confirmation of Illinois bar membership.

This request must be signed by the applicant, submitted via email, fax, or mail and received by CLA at least 15 days before attendance at the program. All requests are subject to there being space available in the program at the time the request is received. Requests must be submitted to:

California Lawyers for the Arts
Attn: Cambra Sklarz
1641 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Fax: (310) 998-5594

For programs costing under $500, CLA may waive part or all of the program fees in its sole discretion based on the submission received. Factors that CLA will consider in reviewing a request include the strength of the applicant's reasons for wanting to attend the program and the relationship of those reasons to CLA's mission, the significance of the financial hardship, and any prior grants of financial assistance to the applicant.

For programs costing over $500, a fee waiver of 50% or greater is available to members of the Illinois bar who follow the submission guidelines listed above and meet the following criteria: 1) Attorneys with a demonstrated annual income of below $40,000 will receive a fee waiver of 50%; 2) At CLA's sole discretion, additional fee waivers of greater than 50% may be available to attorneys who are not currently employed. Attorneys must state in their application whether they are seeking a fee waiver greater than 50% based on employment status.

Fee waivers do not include reductions in meals, lodging, or travel costs associated with the course. For the January 2015 Art Law: Education and Conference programs presented in collaboration with Sotheby's Institute of Art, the number of financial hardship fee waivers (whether partial or full) is limited to: two (2) recipients for Art Law Education: How to Craft a Law Practice for the Art World component; and five (5) recipients for the Conference: The Practice of Law in the International Art World component. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received and remain subject to there being space available in the program at the time the request is received.

For questions about California Lawyers for the Arts’ financial hardship policy, please call Cambra Sklarz at (310) 998-5590.



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