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Our Mission

California Lawyers for the Arts empowers the creative community by providing education, representation and dispute resolution.

Our Vision

Artists and arts organizations serve as agents of democratic involvement, innovation, and positive social change, and the growth of an empowered arts sector is essential to healthy communities. CLA’s leadership and services strengthen the arts for the benefit of communities throughout California.

Relax with Tax™ Seminars
Includes a FREE 30-page workbook!

This companion workbook to the 
Relax with Tax™ seminars provides an outline of federal and California income tax laws as they apply to individual performing, visual, media, literary and other artists. This invaluable guide is full of practical tips to save you money and time preparing your income taxes.


San Francisco Bay Area #1:

Sacramento Area:

San Francisco Bay Area #2:
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 @ 6:00 PM

Los Angeles Area:
Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Order "The Art of Deduction" workbook today!

$19.99 + tax + shipping.

Also available online soon as 
an ebook!


May 21-28, 2015 

Join Cuba Educational Travel and California Lawyers for the Arts as we visit The Havana Bienal!

Meet the people of Cuba and learn about art from the Americas, Asia and Africa. The week will be devoted to meeting and sharing ideas with Cuban artists, curators and the everyday people of Havana. Contemporary art of Cuba, Latin America, Asia and Africa will be fully displayed throughout the city, making this curated event the only place on the Globe where you can see all of this work together in one place. For American art experts and aficionados alike, the Havana Bienal is a good way to stay in touch with developments in the visual arts of these regions.

CLICK HERE for more information

Call Toll-Free: 888-775-8995

Or visit the Lawyer Referral Service page, 
or use the online Lawyer Referral Request Form

CLA is a State Bar Certified Lawyer Referral Services -- No. 0021

What If This Happened to You?
In 2013, CLA's SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS program provided a platform for teens who were harassed by San Francisco police officers to describe their experiences in a short video, What If This Happened To You?. The teens in this program learned interviewing techniques, as well as sound and camera techniques, under the direction of CLA's Spotlight on the Arts program staff.  They also interviewed a knowledgeable attorney about how they should respond in such situations.

Upcoming events

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 6:30 PM • California Lawyers for the Arts, 2015 J Street, Suite 204, Sacramento, CA 95811
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6:30 PM • 2015 J Street, Suite 204 Sacramento, CA 95811
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 7:00 PM • Michaels, 11260 Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (located on top level of complex)
Thursday, March 26, 2015 8:30 AM • Canoga Park Youth Arts Center 7222 Remmet Avenue Canoga Park, CA 91303
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 7:00 PM • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 7:00 PM • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401


July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

In our 39th fiscal year:

1,135 persons were members of California Lawyers for the Arts

823 clients received legal assistance from our attorney panel

2009 persons attended 90 C.L.A. educational programs
1,463 individuals and organizations participated in alternative dispute resolution services
61 persons received mediation training

57 deserving teens were placed in arts internships and attended 14 job readiness workshops

Our website averaged 15,165 pageviews per month with visitors from 127 countries.

As a member of C.L.A., you are supporting and participating in a dynamic service organization, providing vital links to other community sectors and current issues affecting the arts as well as quality legal services and educational programs. 

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California Lawyers for the Arts is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization & your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the fullest extent of the law. 

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