Believe it or not, there are dozens of legal organizations which have as their sole goal to provide free legal services to nonprofit arts organizations, as well as to artists who can’t afford legal services. These organizations are great resources.
Issues often handled include contract negotiations, mediation services, nonprofit incorporation, copyright information and infringement lawsuits, tax information, estate planning, and lease review. VLA organizations also provide education programs, including seminars, publications, and the maintenance of art law libraries. See the NEA page for a description of VLA assistance.
Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Committee for the Arts
300 S. Beverly Dr., #201
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
San Diego Lawyers for the Arts
1205 Prospect St.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Connecticut Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Connecticut Commission on the Arts
755 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
District of Columbia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
918 Sixteenth St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
ArtServe, Inc./ Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
1350 East Sunrise, Suite 100
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33304
Lawyers for the Creative Arts
213 West Institute Place, Suite 401
Chicago, IL 60610
Mid-America Arts Resources
c/o Susan J. Whitfield-Lungren, Esq.
PO Box 363
Lindsborg, KS 67456
Louisiana Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
225 Baronne Street, Suite 1712
New Orleans, LA 70112
Maine Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
43 Pleasant St.
South Portland, ME 04106
4 Dane Street
Kenneybunk, ME 04043
phone: (207) 985-1199
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, Inc.
249 A Street, Studio 14
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 350-7610 fax
St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
St. Louis, MO 63103
Montana Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
PO Box 8687
Missoula, MT 59807
Lawyers for the Arts/New Hampshire
New Hampshire Business Committee for the Art (NHBCA)
One Granite Pl.
Concord, NH 03301
Albany/Schenectady League of Arts Inc.
19 Clinton Ave.
Albany NY 12207
North Carolina Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
PO Box 26513
Raleigh, NC 27611
P.O. Box 25005
Durham, North Carolina 27702
Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts-Cleveland
113 St. Clair Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
Toledo Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
608 Madison, Ste. 1523
Toledo, OH 43604
Northwest Lawyers and Artists
Oregon Lawyers for the Arts
Kohel Haver, President
621 SW Morrison Street Suite 1417
Portland, OR 97205
Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
251 South 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Western Pennsylvania Professionals
PO Box 19388
Ocean State Lawyers for the Arts
PO Box 19
Saunderstown, RI 02874
South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC)
800 Governers Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Artists’ Legal and Accounting Assistance
PO Box 2577
Austin, TX 78751
Lawyers and Accountants of North Texas for the Arts (LANTA)
P.O. Box 2019
Cedar Hill, TX 75106
phone: 972/ 291-9010
San Antonio and El Paso offices:
Contact TALA at Houston office.
Utah Lawyers for the Arts
PO Box 652
Salt Lake City, UT 84110
P.O. Box 4530
Salt Lake City, Utah 84145
Canadian Artists’ Representation Ontario (CARO)
* Artist’s Legal Advice Services (ALAS)
183 Bathurst Street, 1st floor
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2R7
fax: 416/360-0781 T,Th 5-7:30 pm