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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.

Basic Mediation Skills Training

March 26-28, 2015
Canoga Park Youth Arts Center
Please join Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services' staff and panel mediators for an exciting 3- day training program. With special guests Held2gether, Improv for life who will present their interactive workshop,  "Using Improv to Get to Yes."  REGISTER NOW for a 10% discount!"

California Lawyers for the Arts and the William James Association, in collaboration with the University of San Francisco, are presenting a unique national conference:

Arts in Corrections:  Opportunities for Justice and Rehabilitation

June 16 to 19, 2015

University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA

This conference will provide a robust review of current trends in arts in corrections, including an overview of public policy, funding strategies, evaluation methods, and legislative trends.  Special features include a one-day training program on Tuesday, June 16 with experienced practitioners for artists who are new to the field, opportunities to build out the structure for a national coalition, and a showcase of the arts at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County on Friday, June 19.

Order "The Art of Deduction" workbook today!

$19.99 + tax + shipping.

Also available online soon as 
an ebook!


May 21-28, 2015 

Our group excursion to the Havana Bienal is sold out, but you can contact Cuba Travel and Tours if you would like to join another organization for a similar tour at the same time.

CLICK HERE for more information

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.

A short essay describing the background of the making of this video with links to descriptions of relevant research is posted on our blog HERE.

Upcoming events

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 7:00 PM • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Thursday, April 16, 2015 7:00 PM • Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, 1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 7:00 PM • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:30 PM • SPECIAL LOCATION: The Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 • University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA


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.

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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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