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Patent 101 for Creatives!

July 17, 6 pm PST

Learn the steps to protect your invention, and how to utilize your patent as a business tool.

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Designing Creative Futures

An arts focused reentry program

Paid internships for formerly incarcerated individuals

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Protecting Visual Storytelling: Strategies for Mural Documentation and Preservation

Our members can enter the code “CLA” when registering to receive 50% off. 

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Photographers' Rights: Navigating Copyright Realities

August 8, 2 pm ET

Ensure your photos are protected! Join us as we co-host a FREE webinar with the Copyright Alliance

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CLA's Video on Demand 

Featuring 4-part Legal Fundamentals Video Series - FREE for Members

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California Lawyers for the Arts empowers the creative community

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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. 

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If you are a creative artist, an arts organization, an inventor — or anyone with an arts or innovation-related legal question — California Lawyers for the Arts would like to help you find qualified legal counsel to assist with your legal matter. 

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Need help resolving a dispute?
 AAMS, a program of California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA), has provided alternative dispute resolution to artists and entertainers since 1980.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Patent 101 for Creatives!

Wednesday, July 17th, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 

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World IP Day: Patent Legal Clinic

Wednesday, July 31st, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM 

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Navigating the Music Industry: Essential Tips for Emerging Creatives

Thursday, September 19th, 2024, 12 PM – 1:00 PM 

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Arts & the Environment: Climate Justice and Habitat Loss

Tuesday, October 1st, 2024, 6:00 - 7:30 PM 

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  • During one of its last sessions for the year on September 13,  the California Assembly voted to approve ACA-8, the "End Slavery in California Act," a resolution that is intended to abolish slavery and involuntary servitude from the state constitution. This measure would prohibit slavery in any form, defined to include “forced labor compelled by the use or threat of physical or legal coercion.” The resolution, which needs to be passed by 2/3rds of the members of both houses of the legislature and the voters, was introduced by AssemblyMember Lori Wilson of Solano County and announced at a press conference in February.  If it is approved by the Senate in 2024, it will move to the voters for consideration as a constitutional amendment on the November, 2024 state ballot.

    Since 2018, several states, including Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon, Vermont, Colorado, Utah and Nebraska, have led a growing movement to remove language in state constitutions that abolished slavery "except for" persons convicted of a crime. Updates are available at the website of the Abolish Slavery National Network.

    With funding from the San Francisco Foundation's grant from the California Arts Council for the Bay Area Creative Corps, CLA will be presenting three Urban Arts Festivals, beginning November 11 in San Francisco, to raise awareness of this issue and encourage voter registration.

  • We've recently uploaded a video about our 14th annual Artistic License Awards event and an interview with our founding director, Hamish Sandison on YouTube.  It was a great treat to have Hamish with us to document our origins as we continue to move forward to new horizons. Thanks to all of you for your support of our 14th annual Artistic License Awards!
  • Congratulations to arts education advocates who led successful efforts to pass Proposition 28 which will provide $1 billion/year to place at least one artist in every public K-12 school in California. 
  • Voice of America distributed a video on Designing Creative Futures that profiles our intern, Carlos Vasquez, discussing his work at the Robey Theatre in Los Angeles.
  • CLA Executive Director Alma Robinson was recently interviewed on the topic of "Lawyers for System Impacted Artists" by Rashida Ricketts for her Graves to Gardens Podcast.


      The National Endowment for the Arts has developed a toolkit for people with disabilities seeking careers in the arts. Designed for performers, visual artists, teaching artists, cultural workers, administrators and more, the toolkit will help disabled artists access career opportunities.

      Learn More HERE

      Arts In Corrections Tool Kits

      These Tool Kits have been assembled to provide the arts in corrections field with useful documents for program development, delivery and evaluation. 


      The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (“CASE Act”) establishes a new forum for copyright small claims. Passed in 2020, the CASE Act marks a potentially significant shift in how copyright claims are disputed and resolved. This toolkit was created to compile information regarding the CASE Act. Specifically, the aim of this toolkit is to provide readers information aboutthe Act, its mechanisms, and list resources for further exploration.


      CLA's Life After AB5 Toolkit describes the legal background of the AB5 law and various options that employers and the artists they work with can consider going forward. The newest edition incorporates the latest state legislative amendments. 


      CLA by The Numbers

      July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

      In our 47th Fiscal Year

      CLA Members


      Received Legal Assistance from the LRIS Service


      Attended Educational Programs


      Participated in Alternative Dispute Resolution Services


      Received Mediation Training


      Youth Trained as Peer Mediators


      Deserving Teens Placed in Arts Internships


      State Prison Residents That Participated in Arts Classes


      Attended CLA Speakers' Bureau Events


      Formerly Incarcerated Persons Placed In Arts Internships




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