The Lawyers’ Committee For Cultural Heritage Preservation is a nonprofit organization that fosters engagement with legal issues relating to cultural heritage through initiatives in advocacy and education. Five years ago, the organization began the ‘Student Writing Competition in Cultural Heritage Preservation Law,’ which acknowledges and honors outstanding student scholarship. Submissions have covered a wide range of legal topics pertaining to art, cultural property, historic preservation, indigenous peoples, and intangible heritage.

The LCCHP recently announced the winner of its 2011 competition. Columbia Law School’s Laurie Frey received first place for her paper ‘Bakalar v. Vavra and the Art of Conflicts Analysis in New York: Framing a Choice of Law Approach for Moveable Property.’ Heather Stephens, Catherine Mantilla, Elizabeth Marshall, and David Smith also received honorable mentions. This year’s competition received a record number of entries, with thirty-four submissions from twenty-six law schools.