President Barack Obama recently announced his intent to appoint DePaul College of Law's Distinguished Research Professor Patty Gerstenblith as chair of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee in the U.S. State Department. She will serve a three-year term as chair of the committee, which advises the president on appropriate U.S. action in response to requests from state parties for assistance in protecting their cultural heritage, pursuant to Article 9 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention.
In a White House press release, President Obama said, “It gives me great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals have agreed to join this administration to serve the American people. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”
Professor Gerstenblith is director of DePaul's Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law. She is founding president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation and is a director of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield. She also has served as chair, senior advisor and vice chair of the American Bar Association Section on International Law's Art and Cultural Heritage Law committee.