Artist Member – $40

WALA Artist Members may participate in WALA Legal Clinics at no extra cost;
Artist Members can receive legal referrals through WALA’s listserv to our volunteer attorneys.  This includes pro bono referrals for those that qualify;
Artist Members receive free admission to monthly “Basics” classes, discounted admission to other programs and invitations to arts, cultural and social events  throughout the year.

Full-time Student Member – $20

Same benefits as Artist Member.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: If eligible for pro bono or discounted legal services, there is a $10 placement fee for members to have your case placed on our pro bono listserv. Please note that placement does not guarantee an attorney will automatically be willing to pick up your case for pro bono or discounted services; that is at the discretion of our volunteer attorneys based on their interest and the merits of the case itself. The placement fee is just a service fee to offset our costs.

NON-PROFIT ARTS ORGANIZATIONS (for already-existing 501(c)3 non-profits)

Organization – $150

If you join at the Organization level, your staff and directors are entitled to free admission to any of WALA’s monthly “Basics” classes ; your staff and directors can attend the WALA Legal Clinic at no additional cost; your organization can receive legal referrals – pro bono referrals for small non-profits (under $250,000 annual budget); fee referrals for larger organizations; In addition, WALA will send a speaker to address your organization’s staff and directors on legal issues once per year.

Partner Organization – $150 + $10 per organization member (based on prior year membership)

We are pleased to be able to offer a Partner Organization membership for those organizations who would like to offer the benefits of WALA membership to their own members. Partner Organizations receive all the same benefits of Organization members, and in addition, each of the Partner Organization’s members will receive the benefits of WALA Artist Membership (a $35 value). That means that each member is eligible to attend WALA’s Basics workshops and clinics at no additional fee, and if they require further legal assistance they will be referred to a pro bono or a fee attorney, depending on their individual income level. WALA will send a speaker to address your organization’s membership once per year on legal issues specific to their artistic discipline. Partner Organizations will receive recognition on WALA’s web page and printed materials. Please contact WALA at for more information.


Volunteer Attorneys

Volunteer Attorneys are the heart and soul of WALA. They volunteer their time to assist low-income artists and small non-profit arts organizations with their legal issues. There is no charge for an attorney to be a WALA Volunteer Attorney, however, to be considered a member of WALA and to receive WALA member benefits, you must join at one of the attorney membership levels listed below. WALA requires Volunteer Attorneys to complete a registration form available here

Not a D.C. Bar member? D.C. Court of Appeals Rule 49 specifies certain exemptions for attorneys licensed in other states who are not D.C. Bar members and who are engaged in pro bono work in D.C. Please check the rule to see whether you fall within one of these exemptions. Non-Bar members who fall within one of the Rule 49 exemptions are welcome to volunteer with WALA.

Attorney – $100

All attorneys are invited to join WALA as Attorney members of the organization to help support WALA’s programming in service to the Washington, DC area arts community. Attorney members receive free admission to “Basics” classes ; discounted admission to other programs; and invitations to arts, cultural and social events throughout the year.

Angel Attorney – $250

Another way for attorneys to support the arts community in Washington – be an Angel! Many of WALA’s attorney members are involved with other arts organizations as founders, board members, and patrons. Angel Attorneys receive all the benefits of Attorney membership for themselves, and also provide an Organization membership for the non-profit arts organization of their choosing (or you can let WALA choose a deserving organization). Angel Attorney members receive individual recognition on WALA’s website.


Law Firm membership is based on the number of attorneys in the firm’s Washington-area offices. Attorneys within member law firms receive free admission to “Basics” classes and discounted admission to other programs; Pro Bono Coordinators of member law firms receive notice of WALA’s pro bono opportunities and art, cultural and social events to share with their attorneys. Law Firm members receive recognition on WALA’s website.

10 or fewer attorneys in the DC office – $500
11 to 25 attorneys in the DC office – $1000
26 to 100 attorneys in the DC office – $2500
More than 100 attorneys in the DC office – $5000

For more information on law firm membership, please contact WALA at

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