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Arts, Culture, Law Conference programming announced

Programming for the upcoming Arts, Culture and the Law Conference 2012 has been announced. The Conference, which takes place June 28 at the UNH School of Law in Concord, is a one-day professional development event focusing on important issues that intersect the legal and the arts and culture communities.

This year’s event begins with the presentation“The IP Dialogues: Copyright Done Right and Gone Wrong” with Daniel Fink and Douglas Verge from Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green. A dozen other 60- and 90-minute panel sessions will take place over the course of the Conference; panels will include representatives from the legal profession as well as from arts, museums, libraries and other cultural institutions. Panelists will give short introductions to the topics being discussed, with the bulk of each session devoted to answering questions from attendees.

Session topics include: Art and Culture Get Down to Business; Artist and Institutional Relationships; Content Creation and Distribution in a New Media World; Copyright and the Performing Arts; The Creation, Governance and Management of Nonprofit Organizations; How to Handle Legal Claims; It’s All in the Numbers: Understanding and Making Sense of Nonprofit Accounting, Taxation and Endowment Reporting; and Undocumented Objects: The Collecting Risks. An additional session, How Legal Ethics Impact a Nonprofit Board, will be offered for attorneys seeking continuing legal education (CLE) ethics credits.

Several table topic discussions facilitated by leaders from the legal and cultural communities will take place during lunch. John T. Broderick, Jr., dean of the UNH School of Law, and Michael Delaney, New Hampshire attorney general, are scheduled to address the Conference.

“Last year was the first time we held this Conference, and positive reaction from both the legal and cultural communities was even more than we had expected – and we expected a lot,” said Van McLeod, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources. “For the 2012 Conference, we’ve added more programming and fine-tuned the topics so that attendees will continue to take away the kinds of valuable information that will help them continue to play an important role in New Hampshire’s economy.”

Cost for the Arts, Culture and the Law Conference 2012 is $50 and includes lunch and refreshments during the morning and afternoon breaks. Scholarships are available.

Partners for the Arts, Culture and the Law Conference 2012 are the N.H. Department of Cultural Resources, the N.H. Department of Justice, the N.H. Center for Nonprofits, the N.H. Business Committee for the Arts and the UNH School of Law. Partner-level funding is provided by Orr & Reno; Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green; and Sulloway & Hollis. Supporter-level funding comes from the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. Friends of the Conference include Ascentage Law and Ricardo A. St. Hilaire, Attorney & Counselor at Law, PLLC. Generous founding support for the Conference was provided by the N.H. Charitable Foundation.

To learn more about the Arts, Culture and the Law Conference 2012 and to register, visit

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the Commission on Native American Affairs. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of our state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of our past to the avant-garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in. Learn more at




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