“The handwriting on the wall may be a forgery.” – Ralph Hodgson

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) currently ranks art crime as the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world.  Art is a unique asset and vehicle for transferring funds across international borders. The introduction of fakes into the field compromises creativity, authenticity, and truth.  Forgeries and fakes remind us that objects of value remain deeply entrenched within systems of profit and criminality.

Art historians, museum curators, and law enforcement officials tirelessly work to investigate and analyze works that they suspect are not genuine. Yet knock-offs continue to find their way into the art market while the laundering of antiquities is common. On 12/6/17, the Federal Bar Association is proud to present the Art Law & Litigation Seminar in Miami where panelists will discuss the quest for authenticity in the art world.

“Protecting the Art Market” speakers include FBI Special Agent Meridith Savona (FBI Art and Antiquities Unit) and Tess Davis (Executive Director of the Antiquities Coalition), who will dissect United States laws; survey art forgery cases and the resulting criminal charges; and reveal practical tips for practitioners, collectors, and museums to combat art forgery and art fraud.  Register at http://www.fedbar.org/Education/Calendar-CLE-events/2017-Art-Law-Litigation-Conference.aspx on or before 11/3/17 to take advantage of early bird rates!

The Art Law & Litigation Seminar is an ideal opportunity to put on your art sleuth hat and explore timely topics such as insurance fraud, art theft, forensic approaches to art law, how people fall victim to con artists, provenance, fighting the pillage of ancient sites and trafficking of artifacts, and the evolution of the manipulation of online auction sites that attempt to cheat buyers out of millions.

Speakers will talk about their criminal investigations and civil cases, offering details and untangling for attendees the complex and multilayered nature of these frauds.  Journey through the illicit market to a work of art’s stopping point in private and public collections while examining the global trafficking of looted cultural objects.

Presenters will tackle questions of authenticity, international art fraud, art transactions as a vehicle for money laundering, and how fakes and forgeries threaten a museum’s mission. They will also survey how technological advances have helped to catch thieves; how criminologists resolve issues of fakery and forgery; and how art crime attorneys and law enforcement plays a major role in addressing art crime worldwide.

In an increasingly globalized world, authenticity is of growing importance, and an emphasis on prevention and education is integral to help bring better evidence and testimony to court in future art cases. Sign up on or before 11/3/17 for the Art Law & Litigation Seminar to use the early bird rate: http://www.fedbar.org/Education/Calendar-CLE-events/2017-Art-Law-Litigation-Conference.aspx.


Stacy Slotnick, Esq. holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She performs a broad range of duties as an entertainment lawyer, including drafting and negotiating contracts; addressing and litigating trademark, copyright, patent, and other IP issues; and directing the strategy and implementation of public relations, blogging, and social media campaigns.