Joy Naifeh, a rising 2L, will spend the month of June in Italy as part of the Tulane-Siena Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage, & the Arts. The Institute is located in Siena, Italy and focuses on the relationship between cultural property, art, and international law. Participating students take five credit hours of work through class lectures supplemented with field trips and guest speakers.
Prior to attending Maine Law, Joy worked for Historic New England as a Preservation Manager. As she states in the interview for her student profile, “I wanted to change the focus of my career as a Preservationist from the care of individual homes and landscapes to something which will allow me to have wider involvement in the preservation of our built environment and cultural heritage.” She seized the opportunity to participate in the Institute due to her career interest in Historic Preservation and Cultural Heritage Law.
Joy chose to attend Maine Law, in part, because of the Law School’s willingness to work with students to craft unique experiences to supplement the classroom curriculum. The Institute was not a program that the Law School had an established relationship with previously. As part of the experience, Joy is working with Legal Writing Professor Sara Wolff to write a research paper of publishable quality on a topic inspired by her studies in the Institute.