Office of General Counsel: Events

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LIMA - Legal Issues in Museum Administration

Each spring since 1973, OGC co-sponsors a three-day course with the American Law Institute – Continuing Legal Education (ALI-CLE). The course is attended by museum administrators, trustees, and attorneys.

The Office of General Counsel invites you to attend the fiftieth annual Legal Issues in Museum Administration conference, to be offered both in-person in Washington, D.C. and virtually as a live webcast from March 23-25.

Why You Should Attend

The exceptional curriculum, distinguished faculty, and unparalleled networking events are hallmarks of this signature conference - a must-attend event for museum professionals for 50 years!

This course delivers focused instruction on core legal and business issues facing museum professionals. In-house counsel, museum directors, other museum and nonprofit professionals, and outside counsel attend each year, gaining knowledge that informs their decisions and strategies for years to come. The conference often sells out, so register early to secure your spot!

The impact and professional significance of this course is best described by recent attendees:

  • "This course was extremely helpful - the breadth of topics is fantastic and informative! I learn new details on issues we already deal with, and topics to be aware of. The course materials are great and will be very useful to return to in our day-to-day practice. It is also a wonderful opportunity to speak with other practitioners in the museum field about common issues and best practice."
  • "This is always the most efficient course/conference I attend, with extremely practical, timely and useful explanations. LIMA is highly beneficial to any museum professional."

What You Will Learn

In its 50th year, the conference will both reflect on how museum lawyering has evolved and look to its future. Featured sessions include instruction on this year's most important legal issues, including:

  • Cryptocurrency and NFTs
  • Recent Developments in Restitution and Repatriation
  • Digital Collections
  • Remote Working Arrangements
  • Virtual Museum Programming
  • Fair Use Updates for Museum Professions
  • Donor Advised Funds and Other Hot Topics in Museum Philanthropy

For registration:

Legal Issues in Museum Administration 2022 (

Study Materials:

Course material will be available in electronic format for download the week before and during the course. Print materials will not be distributed. All registrants are advised to bring laptops or tables to the course to view course materials, including updates.


You can view this year's program HERE.