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The Jewish Federation Legal  Division
invites its Cabinet Members*
to a private viewing  of
with
Special Guest Speaker
E. Randol  (Randy) Schoenberg
  Tuesday, May 16,  2006
 
 Cocktails and Program 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
 Private Viewing  8  p.m.
LACMA
In the Directors Roundtable Garden/Brown  Auditorium
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
 
RSVP by May 12, 2006 to
Shannon Doyle Bell at (323)  761-8233
or SBell@JewishLA.org.
 
*Cabinet Members are Legal Division donors who have made
a gift  of $1,000 or more to the 2005 or 2006 Annual Campaign.
 
 
 
  THE STORY: In the early 1900’s, Adele and Ferdinand  Bloch-Bauer lived in the thriving cultural metropolis of Vienna. The  couple collected paintings by Gustav Klimt including two portraits  of Adele, one of which is now an “icon” in the world of 20th century  art. Sadly, in 1925, Adele died at the age of 43. In 1938, Ferdinand  fled Nazi-annexed Austria without the paintings. They were later  sold by a Nazi trustee and dispersed to several owners, including  the Austrian Gallery. After the war, these transactions were deemed  void, and the artworks were subject to restitution proceedings. In  his will, Ferdinand left his property to his niece, Maria Altmann  and two of her siblings. Until the late 1990’s, the Bloch-Bauer heirs (who had  migrated to North America) believed there was little they could do  to recover the lost paintings. But in 1998, Austrian laws changed  and Maria Altmann moved to recover the paintings. The case went  first to the U.S. Supreme Court and later to arbitration in Austria.  In January 2006, the arbitration panel decided that five of the  paintings should be returned to the heirs. We celebrate the return  of these incredible works of art to their rightful Jewish  owners. THE ATTORNEY: E. Randol (Randy)  Schoenberg is a Legal Division Cabinet Member and partner at Burris  & Schoenberg, LLP. He has litigated several prominent  Holocaust-related art cases, most notably the Republic of Austria v.  Altmann, in which he persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court that Maria  Altmann could sue Austria for the return of her family’s paintings.  He then agreed to arbitrate the dispute. THE EXHIBIT: This exhibition was  organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and made possible  through the generosity of The Broad Art Foundation, the Office of  Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Lynda and Stewart  Resnick, Nancy and Dick Riordan, AT&T, Herta and Paul Amir,  Kathy and Frank Baxter, The Gordon Family Foundation, Ellen and  Andrew Hauptman, the Robert F. Maguire III Family, the Peter Norton  Family Foundation, Ted Slavin and Patricia Rubin, Terry and Lionel  Bell, Lee and Lawrence Ramer, and the Robert Gore Rifkind  Foundation. Special support for this exhibition was provided by  LACMA's Art Museum Council.
We wish to thank
Kroll, Inc.
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for its generous sponsorship
which has made this event  possible.
 
LEGAL DIVISION
CHAIR
John D. Hanover, Peckar  & Abramson

VICE-CHAIR
Jonathan H. Anschell,
Executive  Vice President & General Counsel,
CBS  Television

DIRECTOR
Gwenn Drucker-Flait

EXECUTIVE  COMMITTEE
 
  Jonathan Anschell
Steve Elie
John  Hanover
  David Hochman
Nathan Hochman
John  Jameson
  Fredrick Levin
Brad Pizer
Lee  Wallach
 

Many Thanks to Our Legal Division Corporate Sponsors
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THE JEWISH FEDERATION
Michael Koss, Chairman of the Board
Gary Brennglass, President,  Valley Alliance
Ada & Jim Horwich, General Campaign  Chairs
Gloria Lushing, Sylvia Weisz Women’s Campaign Chair
Laurel  Warner, Valley Alliance Campaign Chair
Karmi Monsher, Valley Alliance  Women’s Campaign Chair
John R. Fishel, President
Jack Klein,  Executive Vice President
Craig Prizant, Executive Vice  President
Carol Koransky, Associate Executive Vice  President
Executive Director, Valley Alliance
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