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April 2019

Trademark Basics for Artists (Continuing Legal Education)

April 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
VLA Auditorium, 1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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Have you ever wondered what a trademark is and whether you need one for your business or venture? Or how to establish and maintain trademark rights? This class will provide an overview of trademark law in the United States and will discuss how to establish a trademark, how to obtain a federal trademark registration through the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and how to maintain and protect your trademark rights. This class will be taught by Erika Stallings, Esq., VLA…

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
VLA Auditorium, 1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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VLA is proud to present its popular series of free classes targeted to artists, students and practicing attorneys. The classes will be taught by current law school students. Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR"), such as mediation or arbitration, is an increasingly popular method to resolve legal disputes without going to court. Understanding the implications of ADR is especially important if you're entering a contract. In this class, we will cover (1) What is ADR; (2) What to be aware of when…

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Non-Profit Incorporation and Tax Exemption Workshop (Continuing Legal Education)

April 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
VLA Auditorium, 1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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This workshop provides valuable information about starting an arts-related non-profit 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…

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Self-Defense for Writers and Filmmakers with Mark Litwak (Continuing Legal Education)

April 26 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Self-Defense for Writers and Filmmakers with Mark Litwak (7 Continuing Legal Education Credits) 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. This seminar explains how writers and filmmakers can prevent problems from arising by properly securing underlying rights, and by encouraging other parties to live up to agreements with performance incentives, audit rights, default penalties, and arbitration clauses.…

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May 2019

Digital Media Bootcamp (Continuing Legal Education)

May 7 @ 9:30 am - 12:45 pm
Morrison & Foerster LLP, 250 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019 United States
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Most of us engage with digital and social media every day, whether posting photos to Instagram, designing digital video content, or working with brands to engage with fans. Join VLA on May 7, 2019 for our popular Digital Media Bootcamp, where we’ll explore the exciting legal landscape of digital and social media! Attorneys will learn how to counsel artists and arts organizations on legal and regulatory issues in the digital space, and artists and content creators will benefit from learning…

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Understanding Medicare and Medicaid for Artists

May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

VLA invites you to join us for a unique and informative discussion focused on helping artists, particularly senior artists, understand the complex Medicare and Medicaid programs as they plan and navigate their long term care needs. In this program, Britt Burner, Esq. of the Burner Law Group and Tanya Kessler of Mobilization for Justice will go over common questions and issues and cover topics that include eligibility requirements for Medicare and Medicaid, long term care services, and the Medicaid application…

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June 2019

MediateArt: Mediation & Negotiation Training Program (Continuing Legal Education)

June 13 @ 10:00 am - June 14 @ 6:00 pm
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, 51 W 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019 United States
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Learn to be a Mediator with MediateArt and VLA! Attorneys earn up to 16 CLE credit hours. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL MAY 10, 2019 MediateArt™ is VLA's alternative dispute resolution, contract negotiation, and negotiation counseling program. A vital program since 1998, MediateArt offers members of the arts community an alternative, non-litigious setting in which to resolve their arts-related disputes, with the assistance of neutral, VLA-trained mediators. VLA's MediateArt Training Program is a two-day intensive workshop of basic mediation training…

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