Symposium on the 30th Anniversary of the Cultural Property Implementation Act

October 22, 2013, 6:30pm-9:00pm

New York City Bar Association


6:30-6:35- Introduction (Dean Nicyper, Chair, Art Law Committee; Josh Lipsman, Chair, Cultural Property Subcommittee)

6:35-6:40- Moderator (Michael McCullough, Chair, International Trade Subcommittee and Managing Partner, Michal McCullough LLC)

  • Overview of the CPIA

6:40-7:40- Topic 1: The CPIA- A Historical Prospective

  • Panel 1
  • Arthur A. Houghton, Former State Department Official and two-term member of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee
  • Lawrence Mushinske, Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Official and National Import Specialist for Art and Antiques

7:40 – 8:40 Topic 2: The CPIA- A Practitioners’ Discussion

  • Panel 2
  • Leila Amineddoleh, Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation and Adjunct Professor, St. John’s University School of Law
  • Jonathan Illari, Associate General Counsel, Bonhams
  • Peter K. Tompa, Attorney, Bailey & Ehrenberg

8:40-8:55 Written questions from the audience presented to panelists by Moderator

8:55-9:00  Concluding Remarks (Irina Tarsis, The Center for Art Law, Chair, ASIL)




ACCG v. U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, Petition for Writ of Certiorari

Article, “Ancient Coins and the Cultural Property Debate”

The Committee for Cultural Policy: White Paper: A Proposal to Reform U.S. Law and Policy Relating to the International Exchange of Cultural Property


About mcculloughllc

Michael McCullough has extensive experience in art, cultural heritage, and international trade matters. He is a former associate counsel to Sotheby's worldwide where he advised the company on the sale and financing of fine art, the decorative arts, cultural property, antiques, jewelry and special collections. Mr. McCullough is credited with the development and implementation of global policies and procedures related to the acquisition for consignment and sale of some of the greatest artworks in the world. Mr. McCullough is also experienced in U.S. Customs regulations, international trade agreements, export controls, economic sanctions constraints, anti-corruption rules, U.S. Fish and Wildlife regulations, and other government agency requirements. Mr. McCullough has represented clients before U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of State, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Food and Drug Administration, the United States district courts and the Court of Appeals for the Second and Fourth Circuits.
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