Office of General Counsel: Events

Office of the General Counsel
aerial view of Castle and Ripley Center

LIMA - Legal Issues in Museum Administration

Each spring since 1973, OGC co-sponsors a three-day course with the American Law Institute – Continuing Legal Education (ALI-CLE). The course is attended by museum administrators, trustees, and attorneys.

The Office of General Counsel invites you to attend the forty-seventh annual Legal Issues in Museum Administration conference, to be held Wednesday through Friday, March 18 - 20, 2020, in Miami, FL.

Why You Should Attend

The exceptional curriculum, distinguished faculty, and unparalleled networking events are hallmarks of this signature conference - a must-attend event for museum professionals for over 45 year!

This course continually delivers focused instruction on core legal and business issues facing museum professionals.  In-house counsel, museum directors, other museum and nonprofit professionals, and outside counsel attend each year, and walk away with knowledge that informs their decisions and strategies for years to come.  Last year's conference sold out, so register early to secure your opportunity to learn and network with the renowned faculty and attendees!

The impact and professional significance of this course is best described by recent attendees:

  • "This course was extremely helpful - the breadth of topics is fantastic and informative! I learn new details on issues we already deal with, and topics to be aware of.  The course materials are great and will be very useful to return to in our day-to-day practice.  It is also a wonderful opportunity to speak with other practitioners in the museum field about common issues and best practice."
  • "This is always the most efficient course/confernce I attend, with extremely practical, timely and useful explanations.  LIMA is highly beneficial to any museum professional."

What You Will Learn

Community engagement will be an overarching theme of the 2020 conference, and will be explored through various topics including the role of museums in building strong communities, traveling exhibitions, and engagement with multilingual communities.  Panels will also address perennial legal topics in such core areas as employment, tax, privacy, litigation and intellectual property.

Here is a preview of this year’s dynamic agenda:

  • Legal issues with Using New Technologies in the Museum
  • The Changing Landscape of Charitable Giving
  • Preparing for a Cyber incident
  • Election Year issues

For registration:

Bring a colleague and SAVE! 

Register for the in-person course at full price and the second registrant for this course saves 40%. (Valid on new registrations only; discounts may not be combined).

Study Materials:

Course material will be available in electronic format for download the week before and during the course.  Print materials will not be distributed.  All registrants are advised to bring laptops or tables to the course to view course materials, including updates.

Scholarship Assistance

A limited number of full tuition scholarships are available to those who cannot attend this course without financial support. Persons needing scholarship assistance should submit a statement justifying their scholarship request, with a resume to Museums Scholarships at Scholarships are awarded based on professional relevance and financial need. Applications must be received by January 31, 2020.


The 2020 program is being finalized.  You can view this year's program here.