National Directory of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Organizations

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 the arts community in areas outside of the New York region. We recommend that you contact your local and state arts council and bar association if seeking information and access to services.

This Directory was updated March, 2017

Arizona

Volunteer Legal Assistance for Artists Arizona (VLAA)
E-mail: vlaa.arizona@gmail.com
http://vlaaarizona.tumblr.com

Services: Arts related cases including Copyright, LLC, Immigration, Censorship etc.…/Free Community Presentations
Income Qualifications:*
Intake Process: email to set up in-person counseling session
Fees:*

Volunteer Lawyers Program (A Program of Southern Arizona Legal Aid)
Tel: (520) 623-9465
http://www.vlparizona.org/

Services: Civil matters (family law, housing, immigration etc.…) No criminal or DUI cases
Income Qualifications:*
Intake Process: Online interactive interview through azlawhelp.org
Fees:*

Alabama

Volunteer Lawyers Program
http://www.alabar.org/members/vlp_more.cfm
Tel: (Public Assistance line): (888) 857 8571, Lawyer Assistance Program (334) 224 6920

Services: Civil matters only (family law, housing, immigration etc.…), Free Legal Clinics
Income Qualifications: *
Intake Process: Online application
Fees: $50 max (for referral service)

California

California Lawyers for the Arts (Statewide)
Tel: 1-888-775-8995
E-mail: LRIS@calawyersforthearts.org
http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/

Services: CA Inventors Assistance Program, Lawyer Referral, Educational Workshops, Alternative Dispute Resolution
Income Qualifications:*
Intake Process: Online application
Fees: $35 reg. /$25 members (for legal referral request form), $25 for Alt. Dispute Resolution services

 *Each of the following organizations is a location-specific chapter of the previous entry*

California Lawyers for the Arts (Berkeley)
Wells Fargo Building
2140 Shattuck Ave., Suite 310
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: (510) 990-6033
LRIS@calawyersforthearts.org
http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/

California Lawyers for the Arts (Sacramento)
2015 J Street, Suite 204
Sacramento, CA 95811
Tel: (916) 442-6210 or (916) 441-7979
sacramento@calawyersforthearts.org
http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/

California Lawyers for the Arts (San Francisco)
Fort Mason Center, Building C, Rm 255
San Francisco, CA 94123
Tel: (415) 775-7200
LRIS@calawyersforthearts.org
http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/

California Lawyers for the Arts (Southern California)
1641 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Tel: (310) 998-5590
Fax: (310) 998-5594
losangeles@calawyerforthearts.org
http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/

Colorado
Colorado Attorneys for the Arts (A Program of Colorado Business Committee for the Arts)
Tel: (303) 282-5135
E-mail: CAFTA@cbca.org
http://www.coloradolawyersforthearts.org/

Services: Pro-bono Lawyer Referral for Civil issues (Intellectual Property, Dispute Resolution, Employment etc.…)
Income Qualifications: Less than $29,425/year plus $10,400 for each additional dependent
Intake Process: Downloadable application
Fees: $50 regular administration fee, $35 CBCA Member administration fee

District of Columbia

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA)
1629 K Street, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202) 289 4440
Fax: (202) 289 4985
E-mail: legalservices@waladc.org
http://waladc.org/

Services: Legal Clinics, Education Programs, Pro-bono Lawyer Referral for Civil issues (Intellectual Property, Dispute Resolution, Employment etc.…)
Income Qualifications: Less than $30,000 (single) or $40,000 (married) annual income
Intake Process: Online Form
Fees: Regular Member $35, Student Member $20, Non-Profit Organization $150

Florida

Florida Lawyers for the Arts, Inc.
Tel: (727) 823-5809
E-mail: j@artfulattorney.com
http://artslawfl.org

Services: Legal advice clinics, Seminars, Pro Bono legal representation (Copyright, Contract, Royalties, Family Law etc…)
Income Qualifications: *
Intake Process: Call or e-mail to explain the situation
Fees: based on need and financial means

Cannonball
1035 North Miami Avenue, Suite 300
Miami, FL 33136
Tel: (786) 347 2360
Fax: (786) 347 2361
E-mail: splash@cannonballmiami.org
http://www.cannonballmiami.org/

Services: Arts Grants, Commissions, Arts Residencies, Legal Link (Volunteer Lawyer Program that does in-house consultations)
Income Qualifications: Varies from lawyer to lawyer
Intake Process: Online Form
Fees: $50 Membership Fee

Miami-Dade Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
1637 Calle Ocho, Ste. 212
Miami, FL 33135
Tel: (305) 326-1021
http://www.artsbizmiami.org/about/volunteer-lawyers-for-the-arts

Services: pro-bono legal services, clinics and forums for low-income artists and arts organizations
Income Qualifications: below the federal poverty guidelines
Intake Process: online form

Georgia

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
887 W. Marietta Ave., Ste: J-101
Atlanta, GA 30318
Tel: (404) 873-3911
Fax: (404) 817-6827
E-mail: gla@glarts.org
http://www.glarts.org

Services: Lawyer Referrals, Resource Library, Pro bono consultations, Seminars and Workshops/
Income Qualifications: less than $30,000 annual income. Less than $650,000 annual budget for non-profit organizations
Intake Process: send in Membership Form explaining issue
Fees: $40 Membership Fee, or $40 referral fee for non-members

Illinois

Lawyers for the Creative Arts
213 W. Institute Pl., Suite 403
Chicago, IL 60610
Tel: (312) 649-4111
Fax: (312) 944- 2195
E-mail: mrolnik@law-arts.org
http://www.law-arts.org

Services: Direct Counseling, Lawyer Referral (Copyright, Fair use, Immigration, Dispute resolution etc…)
Income Qualifications: *
Intake Process: Online Application
Fees: Processing fee $50 (individual), $100 (business/groups)

Indiana

Creative Arts Legal League (“CALL”)
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
20 North Meridian St., Ste: 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
E-Mail: info@indycall.org

Services: Pro bono Lawyer Referral only

Kansas

None available as of 10/26/2015

***See Missouri entry***

Louisiana

The Ella Project
421 Frenchmen St, Suite 200
New Orleans, LA 70116
Tel: (504) 250-0429
E-mail: gene@ellanola.org
www.EllaNola.org

Services: Pro bono Legal assistance (issues of copyright, trademark, business formation, contract preparation, negotiation and review, licensing, and other entertainment law matters) and Arts Business (grassroots non-profits with arts business advice and assistance, entrepreneurial training, and business development workshops).
Income Qualifications: *
Intake Process: Call/e-mail

Maine

Maine Lawyer Referral & Information Service
Main State Bar Association
(800) 860-1460 (toll-free)
Tel: (207) 622-7523
Fax: (207) 623-0083
www.mainebar.org/

Services: Note: This is a Bar Association referral service only and does not specifically deal with arts related legal issues

Maryland

Maryland Lawyers for the Arts
113 West North Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201
Tel: (410) 752-1633
Fax: (410) 752-1090
E-mail: info@mdartslaw.org
www.mdartslaw.org

Services: Pro bono Legal referral for arts related matters, Legal Clinics
Income Qualifications: less than $40,000 annual income (individual), additional $2000 per dependent.
Intake Process: Online Application
Fees: $35 administrative fee

Massachusetts

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts
Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston
15 Channel Center Street, Suite 103
Boston, MA 02210
Tel: (617) 350-7600
Fax: (617) 350-7610
E-mail: mail@artsandbusinesscouncil.org
http://www.artsandbusinesscouncil.org/

Services: Classes, Mediation, Non-Profit Incorporation, Legal Referral Program
Income Qualifications: Less than $30,000 annual income (individual)
Intake Process: Online Application with $25 fee.
Fees: Artist Membership $85, Legal assistance application fee $25 

Harvard Recording Artists Project (R.A.P)
Harvard Law School
6 Everett St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: (617) 384 5294
E-mail: rap@law.harvard.edu
http://www.recordingartistsproject.com

Services: Music-specific Pro bono Legal counsel (clearing samples, fair use, contract review etc.…)
Intake Process: e-mail above
Fees: None

Michigan

Creative Many Michigan (Formerly ArtServe Michigan)
Lawyers for the Creative Economy
440 Burroughs St. Suite 365
Detroit, MI 48202
Tel: (313) 483-5705
Fax: (313) 483-5709
E-mail: lce@artservemichigan.org
http://www.creativemany.org/

Services: Pro bono legal referral for arts related matters
Income Qualifications: *
Intake Process: Online Application
Fees: Specific to each Attorney/Case.

Minnesota

Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts (MnLA)
Springboard for the Arts
Resources and Counseling for the Arts
308 Prince St., Suite 270
St. Paul, MN 55101
Tel: (651) 292-4381
Fax: (651) 292-4315
E-mail: legal@springboardforthearts.org
www.springboardforthearts.org

Services: free phone consultation (30 minutes max), Legal Workshops, Legal Clinics, Attorney Referral Service
Income Qualifications:*
Intake Process: Phone Consultation, Attorney Referral Request form (online)
Fees: None

Missouri

Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts (KCVLAA)
PO Box 413199
Kansas City, MO64141
Tel: (816) 974-8522
E-mail: info@kcvlaa.org
www.kcvlaa.org

Services: Legal and accounting assistance, ArtSmarts workshops, Formation Assistance (Non-Profit, LLC, etc.…)
Income Qualifications: Less than $28,725 annual income, plus $10,050 for spouse and each dependent.
Intake Process: Online Application
Fees: $50 Membership Fee, $25 Processing Fee

St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
6128 Delmar Street
St. Louis, MO 63112
Tel: (314) 863-6930
Fax: (314) 863-6932
E-mail: vlaa@stlrac.org
www.vlaa.org

Services: Same as above organization plus Health Insurance assistance.
Income Qualifications: Less than $35,310 annual income, plus $12,480 for each additional member of household
Intake Process: Online Application
Fees: $15 referral fee

Montana

***none available as of 10/26/2015***

New Hampshire

Lawyers for the Arts/New Hampshire (a program of NH Business Committee for the Arts)
One Granite Pl.
Concord, NH 03301
Tel: (603) 224-8300
Fax: (603) 226-2963
E-mail: arts@nhbca.com
www.nhbca.com/lawyersforarts.php

Services: Referral to UNH Intellectual Property Law Clinic (student staffed, professor supervised)
Income Qualifications: *
Intake Process: E-mail for referral form
Fees: None 

New Jersey

New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
*As of Jan. 9, 2016, the NJVLA Board has temporarily suspended NJVLA’s operations due to financial constraints.*
P.O. Box 2265
Flemington, NJ 08822
Tel: (856) 963-6300
Fax: (856) 963-6301
E-mail: info@njvla.org
www.njvla.org

Services: Legal Line (one time attorney telephone consultation for 30-60 minutes), Law Faxes (similar service but for faxed documents), Full Service Representation
Income Qualifications: Less than $30,000 annual income (individual), $50,000 (married), plus $2,000 per dependent.
Intake Process: Online Intake Form
Fees: *

New York

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
1 E. 53rd St., 6th Fl.
New York, NY 10022
Tel: (212)319·ARTS (2787)
Fax: (212) 752-6575
E-mail: vlany@vlany.org
www.vlany.org

Services: In-house Consultations, Case List Placement for Pro bono legal representation, Legal Clinics, MediateArt (mediation service)
Intake Process: Art Law Line or online application
Fees: $175 Membership Fee

North Carolina

***No arts-related organizations as of 10/26/2015, for general matters see Legal Aid North Carolina***

Legal Aid North Carolina
**for county-specific addresses see website below**
Tel: 1-866-219-LANC (5262)
http://www.legalaidnc.org

Services: Free legal services in civil matters to low-income people, referral to firms offering Pro bono services
Income Qualifications: *
Intake Process: Call above number or fill out Online Application
Fees: specific to each office

Ohio

Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts-Cleveland
c/o The Cleveland Bar Association
1301 East 9th St., Second Level
Cleveland, OH 44114-1253
Tel: (216) 696-3525
http://www.clemetrobar.org

Services: note: This is a Bar Association referral service only.

Legal Creative
P.O. Box 132
Canfield, Ohio 44406
Tel: (330) 565-6543
E-mail: info@legalcreative.org
http://legalcreative.org/

Services: Professional Development seminars, Legal Classes, Pro bono legal clinics. In-House Consultations
Income Qualifications: *
Intake Process: Online Application
Fees: $25 Registration Fee (1/2 hour consultation), $45 Registration fee (1 hour consultation)

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
E-mail: oklahomaVLA@gmail.com
http://www.oklahomavla.org/

Services: Free or low cost legal and accounting services for artists
Income Qualifications: *
Intake Process: E-mail address above
Fees: *

Oregon

Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Tel: (503) 768-6946
http://www.oregonvla.org

Services: Legal Clinics providing one on one legal advice (no direct attorney referral services)
Income Qualifications: Less than $40,000 annual income (individual), Less than $100,000 budget for Non-Profit Organizations
Intake Process: Online Clinic Application
Fees: $20 Administrative Fees

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
200 S. Broad Street, Ste: 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: (215) 790-3836 ext.1
Fax: (215) 790-3888
E-mail: pvlalegal@artsandbusinessphila.org
http://www.artsandbusinessphila.org/pvla/

Services: Educational Programs, Business Counseling, Pro bono Lawyer referral for arts related matters (Copyrights, Trademarks, Workspace Leases, Exhibition Agreements etc.…)
Income Qualifications: Less than $35,000 annual income (individual), $55,000 (married), plus $3,000 per dependent
Intake Process: Online Application
Fees: $75 (individual) $175 (arts collective)

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council – Pittsburgh Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
707 Penn Avenue, 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Tel: (412) 391-2060
Fax: (412) 394-4280
E-mail: info@pittsburghartscouncil.org
www.pittsburghartscouncil.org

Services: Educational Programs, Business Counseling, Pro bono Lawyer referral for arts related matters (Copyright, Trademarks, Workspace Leases, Exhibition Agreements etc.…)
Income Qualifications: Less than $35,000 annual income (individual), $55,000 (married), plus $3,000 per dependent
Intake Process: Online Application
Fees: $75 (individual) $175 (arts collective)

Rhode Island

Ocean State Lawyers for the Arts 
PO Box 19
Saunderstown, RI 02874
Tel: (401) 789-5686
E-mail: dspatt@artslaw.org
www.artslaw.org

Services: Website with educational materials pertaining to arts related legal issues
Income Qualifications: None
Intake Process: E-mail Above
Fees: None

Lawyers for the Arts Rhode Island (A program of the RI Bar Association)
Tel: (401) 421-7799
E-mail: jellis@ribar.com
Services: note: This is a Bar Association referral service only. 

Tennessee

Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts
Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville
211 Commerce Street, Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37201
Tel: (615) 460 8274
Fax: (615) 743-3002
E-mail: vlpa@abcnashville.org
http://www.abcnashville.org/

Services: arts-related legal services including; Contract drafting, Copyright/Trademark, Artistic disputes, Non-profit formation
Income Qualifications: *
Intake Process: Call or e-mail
Fees: $30 Membership fee (individual), $50 Membership fee (arts organization)

Texas

Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts (Austin)
6001 Airport Blvd 2280 A
Austin, TX 78752
Tel: (800) 526-8252
E-mail: info@talarts.org
www.talarts.org

Services: Pro bono legal and accounting referral, legal consultation regarding issues such as IP licensing, Estate Planning, Contract drafting etc.… no criminal or family law
Income Qualifications: less than $50,000 annual income (individual), or less than $200,000 annual gross revenue for non-profit organizations
Intake Process: Online Request for assistance application (for members only)
Fees: $75 Membership fee (individual), $250 Membership fee (non-profit organization)

Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts (Houston)

1540 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006
www.talarts.org
***same info as above entry (Austin) ***

Utah

Utah Lawyers for the Arts
*Seems to be defunct*
P.O. Box 4473
Salt Lake City, UT 84110
E-mail: utahlawyersforthearts@gmail.com
http://www.utahlawyersforthearts.org

Services: Educational Programs, Pro Bono legal referral services for arts-related legal matters
Income Qualifications: less than $22,340 annual income (individual) plus $7,920 for additional household members
Intake Process: Online application
Fees: $20 Processing fee (individual), $30 processing fee (groups)

Virginia

None available as of 10/26/2015

***See District of Columbia entry***

Washington

Washington Lawyers for the Arts
701 5th Ave, Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: (206) 328-7053
E-mail: info@thewla.org
www.thewla.org

Services: Pro bono attorney referral service, Legal Educational Workshops, Legal clinics: 30 minute one-on-one appointments with attorneys specializing in Intellectual Property issues, Contract review etc.…
Income Qualifications: no minimums for clinics/classes, minimums determined by individual attorneys in referral situations
Intake Process: Online Application
Fees: $25 Artist membership fee, $20 suggested donation for clinic attendance

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
P.O. Box 1054
Madison, WI 53701
Tel: (608) 255 8316
E-mail: info@artswisconsin.org
www.artswisconsin.org

Services: Informational website regarding state-legal matters as they relate to artists. Arts-Job listings, research and articles (No lawyer referral)

INTERNATIONAL

Australia

Arts Law Centre of Australia
The Gunnery, 43-51 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo, Sydney NSW 2011
Tel: (toll free AUS) 1800 221 457
Tel: (02) 9356 2566
Fax: (02) 9358 6475
E-mail: artslaw@artslaw.com.au
www.artslaw.com.au/

Services: Seminars regarding legal rights for artists, Pro bono arts-related legal advice, indigenous Australian artist advocacy, Pro bono (or reduced fee) legal referral
Intake Process: e-mail above
Fees: No fee

Canada

CARFAC – Canadian Artists’ Representation
401 Richmond St. West, Ste: 440
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8
Tel: (416) 340-8850
E-mail: carfac@carfac.ca
www.carfacontario.ca/

Services: Workshops and events, One-on-one legal advice through VALCO (Visual Artists Legal Clinic of Ontario)
Income Qualifications: *
Intake Process: Online form
Fees: Membership fee $85 (individual)

* = indicates information could not be readily found