As we've written about before there's a major justice gap when it comes to creators and entrepreneurs having access to critical legal services. This list only has volunteer lawyer groups, legal aide organizations, and other non-law school related associations or organizations. These types of organizations are typically comprised of licensed attorneys who volunteer on a free or low cost basis to assist members of the public in certain areas of the law if they meet certain income qualifications. Another great option to find pro bono or low cost services is to reach out to a law school clinic. Clinics will provide legal services through law students overseen by experienced practitioners.
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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. More than 3, Alabama lawyers provide free legal services to low-income citizens in certain civil matters no criminal matters through the five volunteer lawyers programs in this state. Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham www. Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program www. Services: referral to volunteer lawyers willing to assist artists seeking to negotiate gallery agreements, form not-for-profit organizations, register copyrights, and other related issues. Services: Legal referral to pro bono attorneys for assistance with arts-related issues including intellectual property copyright, trademark, and patents , business formation matters, and contract review and drafting; in addition to educational programming for artists. Services: legal aid and educational programming for artists and arts organizations throughout the state. Services: pro-bono legal services, clinics and forums for low-income artists and arts organizations.
LCA Stands in Solidarity
We at Lawyers for the Creative Arts stand with the individuals and organizations expressing their communal revulsion over the tragedy in Minneapolis. We join them in seeking ways to replace the systemic racism that led to the death of George Floyd, and of others in similar circumstances, with the rule of equal justice under law. The arts and other non-profit groups have identified resources for those desiring to assist individuals on the frontlines of protest and to advocate for change. The arts have a unique role in expressing the deepest human feelings, including those arising from the crisis, protest, and societal trauma our country is now experiencing. LCA is proud to support all those in the arts in their too-often under-appreciated contributions to helping us get through difficult times and envision a better future. Resources to Support and Advocate. The economic effects of business closures are taking a harsh toll on the performing arts community. Lawyers for the Creative Arts is committed to helping the Illinois art community understand the legal issues arising from performance cancellations.
Utah Lawyers for the Arts refers qualifying artists and art organizations to attorneys licensed in the State of Utah who have agreed to provide free or low-cost services in art-related matters. We also seek to provide regular educational programs so that artists can educate themselves on legal issues that affect their work and their business. See our Events page for details. We are not a law firm. We do not, as an organization, provide any legal advice. We are happy to provide referrals to qualified attorneys for any artist or arts organization.