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The 2019 Arts in Corrections: Reframing the Landscape of Justice conference was a huge success! Over the five days, 337 artists, educators, arts administrators and advocates from 23 states in the US, as well as the UK, Canada, France, India and Mexico convened at Santa Clara University to participate in over 70 workshops, art classes and presentations and culminated on Alcatraz Island for the Future IDs Exhibit and Prison Arts Collective workshop.

We were honored to have Jimmy Santiago Baca as the conference artist in residence who gave a keynote address and conducted two workshops. The week was also highlighted by keynote addresses from Nicole Fleetwood, Rutgers University; Damieon Brown, Marin Shakespeare Company; and Rhodessa Jones, Idris Ackamoor and Felicia Scaggs, The Medea Project and Cultural Odyssey.  


Conference workshops and classes facilitated the spread of teaching methods, program development, and best practices that illuminated the power of art in carceral settings and called on the participants to support arts in corrections alumni during re-entry. 




(photos by Peter Merts)

View the Conference Agenda here


     Linocut print by Samuel Marquez, Gary Harrell, and Katya McCulloch, San Quentin Printmakers

Help us launch a full-service YouTube channel. We would like to livestream more workshops, seminars and events to allow you to be a part of them, whether live in person or remotely.  Visit our YouTube channel  and subscribe (thank you!) or click on the red YouTube checkbox button above. Thank you for your valuable support for this education initiative!

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NEW Pro Bono Clinic Pilot Program

California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is holding pro bono clinics for creative artists and independent inventors to quickly meet with an attorney to answer simple legal questions. Act fast as clinic slots are limited and quickly fill-up!

All applicants need to be financially screened to qualify for pro bono financial assistance. If your case is accepted to the clinic, an attorney and meeting time will be assigned. Sessions usually last 20-30 minutes and can take place either in person, by video-conference, or by phone.

A small admin fee is collected for most clinics (CLA members pay $5, non-members pay $15). If interested in the clinic, please apply online via CLA's pro bono financial screening application. Describe your legal question(s) and note your interest in the clinic. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

In our 43rd Fiscal Year

641 Persons were members of CLA

424 Clients received legal assistance from the Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS)

789 persons attended 42 CLA statewide educational programs in-person 

5,526 persons viewed 8 livestreamed programs

52 attorneys received Mandatory Continuing Education Credits (MCLE)

2,469 individuals and organizations participated in alternative dispute resolution services (ADR)

1,169 cases were resolved

32 persons received mediation training

730 youth were trained as peer mediators

50 deserving teens were placed in arts internships and attended 12 job readiness workshops

77 persons confined in 5 county jails participated in demonstration art classes

CLA's website averaged 53,173 page views per month

People from 184 countries visited CLA's website

In Memory of Coral Henning

We Remember

Coral Henning, the Director of the Sacramento County Public Law Library and a CLA board member from 2012 to 2016, died after a brief illness on March 28, 2019.  Coral's numerous contributions to expanding CLA's visibility in Sacramento included mounting two distinctive art shows at the law library and expanding the content of our education programs.  As an admitted foodie and leader in the Slow Food movement, Coral worked with our staff to produce an innovative seminar that was held in 2013 about writing cookbooks that included legal issues as well as practical information about how to research, interpret and write recipes. After her tenure as a board member, Coral continued to play an active role with our Sacramento Advisory Committee.  CLA Board Co-President Grace Bergen commented,

"She was a positive, giving person who will be greatly missed."

As the Director of the Sacramento County Pubic Law Library, Coral was a champion for all citizens to have free access to legal information. She was a trendsetter in the implementation of the Civil Self Help Center and also assisted in coordinating a community legal services group called "Connections"  that met annually. A graduate of San Francisco State University, Coral received a law degree from Golden Gate University and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.  A celebration of Coral's life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, June 1 at Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento, CA 95818.

11th annual artistic license awards

Thanks to everyone who supported CLA's 11th Annual Artistic License Awards (ALA) held on May 5th, 2018 at the University of San Francisco, California. Celebrating 40+ years of service throughout California, and 25 years of Spotlight on the Arts Youth Programs, the ALA recognizes individuals and organizations who have had an extraordinary impact on our communities by inspiring participation and increasing support for the creative arts community in California. This year, CLA was honored to present Artistic License Awards to Recology; Senator Lori Hancock; Donn K. Harris; and Lowenstein Sandler. CLA would also like to extend a special thank you to our 2018 ALA major sponsors, including: Carol and Merit Hancock Memorial Fund; The Quentin Hancock Fund; Fish & Richardson; Keker Van Nest & Peters; Lowenstein Sandler; Orrick; and Recology.

All photos by Kaz Tsuruta.


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