A Museum's Purpose Symposium

2024 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium

2024 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium - A Museum's Purpose: Discussions of Art and Law

"A Museum's Purpose: Discussions of Art and Law in 2024"

Friday, February 23, 2024
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
8 - 9 a.m. Check-in and breakfast
In-person event | Rms 106 & 203, Green Hall (map and directions)

This year's symposium examines how legal and museum professionals work to navigate the complex issues found in the field of art law. The program will discuss restitution and repatriation, trade of cultural property and the ethical stewardship of objects in museums. The symposium will host academics, legal scholars and museum professionals for discussions rooted in the public policy considerations of art law issues. 

The symposium is sponsored by the Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy.


  • Craig M. Blackwell, associate general counsel | Smithsonian Office of the General Counsel
  • Col. Scott DeJesse, senior heritage and preservation officer | U.S. Department of Defense
  • Derek Fincham, law professor | South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Michael Hoeflich, John H. & John M. Kane distinguished professor of law | University of Kansas School of Law
  • MacKenzie Mallon, provenance specialist | The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Nicholas O’Donnell, partner | Sullivan & Worcester
  • Lauren Van Schilfgaarde, assistant professor of law | UCLA School of Law
  • Jonathan Zwibel, deputy associate chief counsel | U.S. Customs and Border Protection


View .pdf version of this schedule

Green Hall, Room 106

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | Breakfast and social hour

9:00 - 9:10 a.m. | Introductions

9:10 - 10:00 a.m. | Jonathan Zwibel, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

10:00 - 10:30 a.m. | Craig Blackwell, Smithsonian Office of the General Counsel

10:30 - 10:40 a.m. | Morning Break

10:40 - 11:20 a.m. | Lauren Van Schlifgaarde, UCLA School of Law

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Col. Scott DeJesse, U.S. Department of Defense

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. | Lunch on your own

Green Hall, Room 203

1:00 - 1:05 p.m. | Afternoon Remarks

1:05 - 1:45 p.m. | Michael Hoeflich, KU School of Law

1:45 - 2:25 p.m. | Nicholas O'Donnell, Sullivan & Worcester

2:25 - 2:35 p.m.| Afternoon Break

2:35 - 3:15 p.m. | Derek Fincham, South Texas College of Law Houston

3:15 - 3:55 p.m. | MacKenzie Mallon, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

3:55 - 4:00 p.m. | Closing Remarks

Livestream Available

We will be offering this symposium virtually for any who are not local to Kansas or who are otherwise unable to attend. We ask that you still register using the registration link above and select "I will be attending virtually." The link to join will be emailed to you at a later date.


The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration will be required.

Program Accessibility

If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact Rebecca Clayton by February 9 at rclayton@ku.edu or 785-864-2388, 771 TTY.

Symposium Issue

Scholarship associated with the symposium will be published in an upcoming issue of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy.


Contact Symposium Editor Megan Gannon at megan.gannon@ku.edu.

Contact the Kansas Law Journal