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Judith B. Prowda

Judith B. Prowda

Sotheby's Institute of Art

New York, NY, USA

Judith B. Prowda is an attorney, mediator and arbitrator focused on art law, copyright, entertainment and commercial law.  She is Senior Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where she teaches graduate courses in Art Law and Ethics and Policy in the Art Profession. Judith is a found­ing mem­ber of Stro­pheus Art Law, New York’s pio­neers in the pro­vi­sion of unbun­dled legal and busi­ness ser­vices to artists, gal­lerists, col­lec­tors and muse­ums.

She is Past Chair of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and is Chair of the Section’s Fine Arts Committee and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and has served on the Copyright and Literary Property and Entertainment Law Committees.  A frequent lecturer on art law and alternative dispute resolution in the arts context, Judith is also a leader in the intellectual property field and has consulted at Sokolow, Dunaud, Mercadier & Carreras in Paris and at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva. 

Judith is the author of Visual Arts and the Law: A Handbook for Professionals (Lund Humphries 2013), The Perils of Selling Art at an Art Fair: Legal Issues in Title, Chapter in Art, Cultural Heritage and the Market: Ethical and Legal Issues (Springer 2014) and The Art of Mediating Art Disputes: A Case for Mediation, Chapter in Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide to Appraising Fine and Decorative Arts (Appraisers Association of America 2013).  Her law articles and chapters have appeared in numerous law reviews, journals and books, and have garnered prestigious awards.  She is a Past Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA.

Prior to studying law, she was a reporter in the World Section at Time magazine and French-English interpreter at the U.S. Department of State.

Judith received her JD from Fordham University School of Law and her LLM from New York University School of Law.  She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and earned her MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, her MA in French Language and Literature from Middlebury College, and a Certificate in Political Science from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris.


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