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


During these unprecedented times, CLA remains committed to supporting the needs of artists and the arts community. We know that the arts are an invaluable resource that will continue to raise our spirits and reveal our humanity to each other. As “stay at home” orders expand across the country, we have closed our offices throughout California, but we are continuing to offer our core services.

Until the end of June, we will be offering more educational programs online on a sliding scale basis ranging from free to "pay what you can." The Lawyer Referral Services, California Inventors Assistance Program, and Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services will continue to operate at full capacity via telephone, email and digital communications.  Legal clinics are being organized to take place through telephone instead of in-person consultations.  

We intend to use this time to help the arts community navigate these uncertain waters. It is our goal to provide timely information as people confront the unforeseen circumstances that are affecting their daily lives, including work and living situations. Please refer to list of emergency resources. If you have any special needs or concerns that we can help you address, please reach out to us at support@calawyersforthearts.org 

Take care and stay safe!

Alma Robinson, Executive Director


EDUCATION

  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.

LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICES

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


ARTS ARBITRATION & MEDIATION SERVICES

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

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CLA NEWS


CLA BY THE NUMBERS

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

SUPPORT CLA

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. 

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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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