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


  Need legal Information?

CLA's Educational Program offers workshops, seminars and special events throughout the state on a variety of legal and business topics that affect the creative community. 

Workshops topics include:

        • basic copyright
        • trademark 
        • licensing 
        • publishing 
        • mediation 
        • fashion
        • artists/gallery agreement
        • forming a non-profit
        • contract basics
        • music publishing

Other useful resources can be found HERE.


Are you a creative artistarts organization, or independent inventor and have a legal matter? 

CLA is a State Bar of California Certified  Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) and can match you with a qualified attorney.

 We also help inventors through our California Inventors Assistance Program (CIAP)Apply online HERE

Need financial assistance? Qualifying applicants may apply for pro bono or modest means low cost legal advice. Click  HERE begin a financial screening. 

Call (888) 775-8995 or apply online


Need help resolving a dispute?

CLA's Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services (AAMS) has been providing alternative dispute resolution services for the creative arts community since 1980. 

AAMS provides:

        • counseling 
        • conciliation 
        • mediation 
        • arbitration
        • neutral evaluation 
        • meeting facilitation 

Call (510) 990-6030 or apply online AAMS Assistance Form

Upcoming events


    • In response to the AB5 crisis affecting artists and arts organizations in California, CLA has created a toolkit, Life After AB5, that describes the legal background of this law and various options that employers and the artists they work with can consider going forward.
    • Save the Date - May 17, 2020 - 13th Annual Artistic License Awards at the William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica.
    • Congratulations to CLA Board Member Benjamin Kimes, who received the Pro Bono Patent Service Award from the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, as well as the 2020 Patent Pro Bono Certificate award from the USPTO for his over 50+ hours of pro bono services. CLA is the USPTO's regional administrator of the California Inventors Assistance Program (CIAP), which is designed to assist financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses. 
    • California Lawyers for the Arts received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for an Arts in Corrections National Expansion Project in Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Texas. See CLA's AIC Advocacy page for more info. 


July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

In our 44th Fiscal Year

902 Persons were members of CLA

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

1,044 persons attended 32 in-person educational programs  

1,443 persons viewed 17 online education programs

3,250 individuals and organizations participated in alternative dispute resolution services (ADR)

1,154 cases were resolved

92 persons received mediation training

748 youth were trained as peer mediators in 13 schools

35 deserving teens were placed in arts internships and attended 7 job readiness workshops

58 persons confined in 6 county jails participated in demonstration art classes

620 participants attended Art for Justice Forums in 5 states

CLA's website averaged 11,871 page views per month

People from 138 countries visited CLA's website


Are you a member of the creative arts and innovative community? Are you an attorney or mediator who supports and believes in the arts sector?

If so, become a member today!

  CLA Members save $15 on every referral admin fee.

  Members save up to 50% or more on education programs.

  Members enjoy the results of CLA's advocacy.


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With your support, CLA continues to provide critically needed legal, conflict resolution and educational programs for artists and arts organizations throughout California, while vigorously advocating for the intrinsic value of the arts. CLA is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the fullest extend of the law. 




California Lawyers for the Arts is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit and your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the fullest extent of the law.  State Bar LRS Certificate #0021.

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The information provided on this website is not legal advice. You should consult with an attorney for individual advice regarding your legal matters.

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