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


   "I Can't Breathe"

Recently, I saw the movie Titanic again. While I was watching, this classic seemed like a metaphor for our times -- that we were cruising inevitably towards an unforeseen crash that was unlike anything we expected.  And sure enough, just as we were beginning to "reopen" commerce and celebrate a comeback of sorts from the ravages of COVID-19, we stumbled into a tidal wave of reactions -- currents and counter-currents -- brought to light through the global witness of a man's life being ground out while he murmured, "I can't breathe."   

Somehow, we must learn to breathe again, and we must do it collectively.  We know that the arts have a role to play, to re-create the forces of civilization while inspiring our better angels. The arts can teach us how to breath together, to tune the collective chords of wisdom, of veracity, and of empathy that will reveal the visions of a better future that we need to survive these dispirited times.

Let's not let George Floyd's unwilling sacrifice pass without doing our part to overcome this tragedy that is roiling our nation.  A cache of lifeboats reserved for the few on the top deck will not help if we don't reach out to save everyone.

Alma Robinson,

Executive Director


UPCOMING EVENT HIGHLIGHT



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

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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. 

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