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To volunteer for a case from the Case List, we require that attorneys attend an hour long orientation. At the orientation you will learn important information about our programs, volunteer requirements and administrative procedures. Due to increased demand, we now run two monthly orientations, typically Monday evenings and Wednesdays at noon.


  • All volunteer attorneys MUST be covered by their own, or their  employer’s, legal malpractice insurance for volunteer work performed through VLA.
  • Attorneys who have been admitted to practice for less than 3 years must have a supervising attorney who has been admitted to practice for longer than 3 years. Volunteers are responsible for securing their own supervising attorney.


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April 28, 2017

Self-Defense for Writers and Filmmakers with Mark Litwak (CLE)

Writers and filmmakers need to understand their legal rights and how to defend themselves from those who may seek to exploit them or falsely claim their rights have been infringed. […]


May 2, 2017

Contract Basics for Artists

This class will provide an overview of contract law including essential aspects of contract formation, enforceability, and standard provisions for artists such as creative control, compensation, and credit. Topics will […]


May 4 and 5, 2017

MediateArt™ Training Program (CLE)

Learn to be a Mediator with MediateArt and VLA! Attorneys earn up to 16 CLE credit hours. MediateArt™ is VLA’s alternative dispute resolution, contract negotiation, and negotiation counseling program. A […]


May 23, 2017

Copyright Essentials

This workshop provides valuable information on the fundamentals of basic copyright protection, including copyrightability of works, ownership (initial ownership; transfers; works-for-hire), registration, infringement and remedies, and fair use. Through this […]


May 24, 2017

Nonprofit Incorporation and Tax Exemption Workshop (CLE)

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 […]


June 1, 2017

Legal Issues in Music

This class aims to provide an overview of the legal aspects of the music industry. Topics will include copyright essentials for musicians, a look at music publishing and Performing Rights […]


June 20, 2017

Forming Your For-Profit Arts Business

This workshop provides valuable information about starting an arts-related business. Covered issues also include: For vs. Non-Profit incorporation, fiscal sponsorship, selecting and protecting business names; the legal and tax characteristics […]


June 21, 2017

VLA Summer Benefit 2017

Join us on the summer solstice for an evening of music, drinks & hors d’oeuvres! GET YOUR TICKETS HERE. For more information and for sponsorship email or call 212.319.2908. […]


*All orientations are conducted by our staff and take place at VLA Auditorium



From our inception, VLA has played an important role as an advocate for the arts community, from litigation, to making public statements about matters of interest to the arts community, and making recommendations about pending legislation.