VLA plays an important role in educating artists, professionals within arts and cultural institutions, attorneys, students, and the general public about legal and business issues that affect artistic and creative endeavors.

Each year, we reach more than 5,000 people through more than 150 courses and offerings, including the following:

  • In-house workshops
  • Speaking engagements in the five boroughs and around the state.
  • Appearances at national conferences
  • Online classes and talks
  • Our in-office resource library
  • Teaching engagements at local colleges and law schools
  • Partnership with international organizations similar to VLA
  • Art, music and film festivals



Our Department of Education offers a wide variety of discipline-specific and general educational programs, both at its office and privately on location for law firms and art, cultural and service organizations. VLA is also certified by the New York State Bar Continuing Legal Education Board as an accredited provider of Continuing Legal Education courses and programs. Accordingly, VLA provides CLE classes at its office, and privately for law firms at their offices. VLA also custom designs courses, including CLE classes, upon request.

To suggest a topic or to arrange for VLA to present educational programming to your constituents, members or employees, please contact VLA’s Marketing Director, Luis Nieto Dickens, at or call 212.319.2787, ext. 12.


Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (located in New York) is not associated with any of the organizations listed here, and is merely providing this list as a courtesy to those outside the region. We recommend you contact your local and state arts council and bar association if seeking information and access to services.



To apply for a full or partial scholarship for one of our classes, applicants must provide VLA with a letter explaining financial hardship and a completed registration form for the class via e-mail or mail to:

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Attn: Kathryn E. Wagner, Esq.
1 East 53rd Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Fax: 212.752.6575.

Please note that your application does not guarantee a full or partial scholarship. Some classes are exempt.