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Indisputable Defense: Preparing for Small Claims Court

  • Thursday, September 09, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • ZOOM


  • CLA is sensitive to the current situation faced by the non-profit and arts sector within COVID-19. We are currently offering our workshops at a sliding scale or "pay what you can" price. While CLA is a nonprofit we are also in need of your continued support but want to ensure accessibility of our content and workshops to all no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact for waiver code.

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Resolving disagreements with clients is a routine part of running a business, but what happens when a client refuses to pay you or disputes your fee? Many freelancers and small business owners turn to small claims court, a civil court that hears cases where the amount in dispute is less than $10,000, to reach a court-enforced settlement.

In Indisputable Defense: Preparing for Small Claims Court, participants will learn the basic process of filing a small claims lawsuit and some strategies to help them succeed at negotiating in and out of court. Indisputable Defense will prepare participants to gather evidence in advance of a dispute and train them to build consensus with even the most unruly clients. 

About Online Workshops:

Registrants will be emailed a link to register for the Zoom seminar online after booking through the CLA website. Please make sure to register both via this page and on the Zoom registration page.

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About the Speaker:

Evan Kleekamp, Research Director NOR Studios & Development Director, Study Hall

Evan Kleekamp is autistic. They live in Los Angeles, where they read, write, research, design, and think about prosthetics as NOR Research Studio. Evan is also development director of Study Hall, a professional network that services freelance media workers. In 2019, Evan was a finalist for the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. They are currently a finalist for the 2022 Creative Capital Award. Evan’s research interests include: disability, psychoanalysis, contract law, the lecture-performance, and kitty cats. 

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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