VLA offers a variety of programs and workshops, which are listed below. We also offer a selection of on-demand, online recordings of previously held education programs for those unable to attend or want a refresher. Click here to access and view these presentations.

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Introduction to Patents (CLE)

February 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Online

This class will provide an overview of the patents and patent law suitable for non-lawyers as well as lawyers unfamiliar with patents. The course will roughly divide into three sections. It will begin with a discussion of the history of patents, how patents fit into the U.S. legal system and economy, what rights patents do and do not provide to those who obtain or own them. Next, the course will explain the components of a patent and the process for obtaining a patent. Finally, the course will conclude with a discussion of how patents are enforced, how to defend against accusations of patent infringement, and legal actions and remedies related to patent law.

Continuing Legal Education: This program offers 1.5 Professional Practice CLE Credit (Approved for Non-Transitional and Transitional Attorneys).


Cassandra M. Baloga, Associate, Intellectual Property Litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Douglas R. Nemec, Partner, Intellectual Property Litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP


For members, please email registrations@vlany.org to receive your special discount code, which will allow you to access and purchase your discounted ticket.

  • $25 Full-Time Student (must present proof of full-time status with registration)
  • $25 Artists Over Sixty
  • $35 Arts Professional VLA Member
  • $55 Arts Professional Non-Member
  • $150 Legal Professional VLA Member
  • $200 Legal Professional Non-Member
  • $120 Young Associate Members (YAM’s)

Please note that if you wish to receive CLE credit, you must purchase an attorney ticket (Legal Professional Non-Member or Legal Professional Member).

For attorneys, there are various scholarships available. To view our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines and for more information on how to apply, click here.

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February 10
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


NY United States


Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
(212) 319 - 2787