Prior to joining Meister Seelig & Fein LLP, Ms. Lewis was an Attorney-Advisor in the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Contracting. While at the Smithsonian, Ms. Lewis advised and negotiated agreements for a variety of museums and central business offices in diverse subject areas including but not limited to digital and new media, software and digital app development, software as a service, software licensing, filming, publishing and distribution, consumer product licensing, artist commissioning, acquisitions, loan agreements.
Ms. Lewis is Council Member of the Section of the ABA’s Section of Science & Technology, Chair of the Museum and the Arts Law Committee and Member of the Copyright and Literary Property Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker for ABA programs and regional and national museum associations on legal issues facing museums, specifically as they relate to Intellectual Property and Information Technology. Ms. Lewis has published on topics including Intellectual Property, Information Technology in Museums, Cultural Property, Social Media and Copyright Law.
Ms. Lewis has been a guest lecturer for Museum Studies Programs at the Harvard Extension School and Tufts University and she has participated as a judge and brief grader for the Annual National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition, hosted by DePaul University College of Law’s Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law and co-sponsored by the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.
Ms. Lewis was honored as a 2015 Rising Star by the American Bar Association’s Section of Science & Technology Law (The SciTech Lawyer, Winter, 2015).
ARTICLES & BOOK CHAPTERS
Lewis, K. "Digital & Information Technology at the Museum." The Legal Guide for Museum Professionals, Section IV, Chapter 18, Intellectual Property, First Edition. Rowman & Littlefield, April 2015.
Lewis, K. "Social Media: Use Responsibly." The Legal Guide for Museum Professionals, Section IV, Chapter 17, Intellectual Property, First Edition. Rowman & Littlefield, April 2015.
Courtney, Julia and Lewis, K. "Rights & Reproductions: The Rapidly Changing Landscape." The Legal Guide for Museum Professionals, Section IV, Chapter 20, Intellectual Property, First Edition. Rowman & Littlefield, April 2015.
Lewis, K. "Orphan Works: Handle with Care." NEMA News: The Quarterly Journal of the New England Museum Association, New England Museum Association, August 2013.
Bryant, L., Lewis, K., Puryear, M. and Reiner, A. "Caught in the Middle: Intellectual Property and Indigenous Communities." Landslide, Chicago, IL: ABA Section of Intellectual Property, March 2013.
Lewis, K. "Survey: Arts Organizations Increased Reliance on the Internet & Digital Technologies." Provenance, Chicago, IL: Museum & Arts Law Committee, February 2013.
Lewis, K. "Navigating Social Media Challenges with Small Museums: Be Proactive Not Reactive." The Sci Tech Lawyer, Chicago, IL: Section of Science & Technology, April 20