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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Nonprofit Incorporation and Tax Exemption Workshop (Continuing Legal Education)

March 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This workshop provides valuable information about starting a nonprofit organization.
State issues to be covered include articles of incorporation, bylaws, and the first organization meeting. Federal issues include the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and corresponding regulations, application for employer identification number, IRS disclosure rules, unrelated business taxable income, charitable contributions, and restrictions on lobbying.

This workshop will also touch on the legal and ethical duties for board members; donor requirements; the new Form 990; intellectual property issues specific to nonprofit tax-exempt organizations; insurance; and employment issues. The Fiscal Sponsorship model will be addressed as an alternative to forming a non-profit organization.

This class is for artists, attorneys, arts professionals and whoever would like to start a nonprofit arts organization.

This class will be taught by Amy A. Lehman, Esq., VLA Director of Legal Services.

3 Continuing Legal Education credits available for attorneys.
2 Professional Practice and 1 Skills (Approved for Non-Transitional and Transitional Attorneys)

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 2 – 5 pm (CLE)

VLA Auditorium
1 East 53rd Street, NY, NY 10022

$75 Full-Time Student (must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$75 Artists Over Sixty
$100 Arts Professional VLA Member
$150 Arts Professional Non-Member
$200 Legal Professional VLA Member
$250 Legal Professional Non-Member
(Additional individuals from the same start-up organization may register for an additional $50 each

To apply for a full or partial CLE scholarship, please view our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines here.

VLA requires all applicants seeking Nonprofit Incorporation and Tax Exempt Status services through VLA to attend one of these workshops before a volunteer attorney can be assigned to them.

All registration fees are non-refundable. Please note you are not registered until full payment is received.
For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org or 212.319.2787 x 10.

World Intellectual Property Day: Representative Jerry Nadler

In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, Jerry Nadler, U.S. Representative of New York’s 10th congressional district speaks to the importance of intellectual property to creation, innovation, and economic growth.

Copyright and Creativity Panel Discussion for World Intellectual Property Day

This year’s World IP Week theme, “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity,” was celebrated with great fervor. As part of the commemoration, VLA organized a thought-provoking panel discussion titled “Copyright and Creativity,” spearheaded by two seasoned attorneys, Cheryl L. Davis and Elissa D. Hecker. Below, you can delve into some of the captivating highlights from the session. For deeper insights into intellectual property matters, don’t hesitate to get help from Professional Corporate Services In Australia. __________ About Cheryl L.

2018 Summer Benefit

VLA's 2018 Summer Benefit was a huge success, and we couldn't have done it without you! This year, we were honored to award Bill Belitsky, Esq. with VLA's Outstanding Pro Bono Counsel Award and Burton Fendelman, Esq. with the Outstanding Volunteer Award. We also heard from Joyce Yu-Jean Lee who spoke about her artwork and the invaluable service that VLA provided to her. We had an incredible live jazz band, and some fun sunglasses and tote bags for our attendees to take home.

2019 Summer Benefit

VLA's 2019 Summer Benefit was a huge success, and we couldn't have done it without you! This year we were honored to present the Outstanding Volunteer Award to VLA Associate Board Member Tatsuya Adachi. We also had the pleasure of hearing from Eliza Simpson, Founder and Executive Director of the Mother Line Story Project. VLA helped Eliza form her non-profit organization and continued to support her with legal aid as it grew and developed. We were excited to have the Artur

50th Anniversary Gala

VLA's 50th Anniversary Gala was a huge success, and we couldn't have done it without you! This year, we were honored to award Proskauer Rose LLP with the inaugural Founders Award. We also honored Seth Krauss, Esq. and David B. Pitofsky, Esq. with the Legal Champion of the Arts awards. We had a fantastic performance by  Dancer, Choreographer, Author and Former VLA Client Twyla Tharp. This special performance called “The One Hundreds" brought audience members to the stage to learn


March 1, 2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
(212) 319 - 2787
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Event type
CLE Class
Event Cate
CLE Class


VLA Auditorium
1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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(212) 319 - 2787
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