Last week, CHP co-chaired the inaugural Cultural Resources continuing legal education conference, held over 2 days in Washington, DC.
The meeting featured some of the nation’s foremost experts on legal issues surrounding Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Protection Act, tribal sites, historic preservation, alternative dispute resolution, ethics in cultural resources, and working with archaeologists and historians in court. The keynote speaker was James Goold of Covington & Burling, who fascinated the audience with his story of the well-publicized five-year legal fight over the Mercedes, a Spanish galleon that sank off the coast of Portugal in 1804. Earlier this year, Mr. Goold helped Spain win its claim to the $500 million in objects recovered from the ship.
The conference drew attendees from all over the country and from private companies, tribes, and government agencies, reaching capacity attendance. The reviews are in, and the conference was a resounding success. Please let us know if you would like to be involved in planning for next year!