Legal Services for the Creative Community


Since 1983, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts has supported artistic expression and creative innovation by serving the legal needs of the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland arts and cultural communities. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, WALA provides access to education, advocacy, and legal services through workshops and seminars, legal clinics, and pro bono legal referral services.

Carolyn Sharon Goodridge

Carolyn Sharon Goodridge

Featured Artist
Carolyn is the Founder, Chief Curator and Executive Director of Art Impactā„¢ USA, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. A practicing artist herself, Goodridge is fully dedicated to helping artists flourish and prosper as...

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Janet Fries

Janet Fries

Featured Attorney
Janet Fries is of counsel at the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and has been on the WALA Board of Directors since 2004. She has represented numerous authors, artists, collectors, estates, art organizations,...

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February 09, 2018
DC Cultural Plan Open House

Please join the DC Office of Planning; Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment; and Commission on the Arts...

January 31, 2018
Call for Articles for ABA-IPL “Landslide”

LandslideĀ® magazine, an award-winning, high profile publication of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) that reaches over 20,000 readers,...

January 23, 2018
WALA Partners Up to Offer a Trio of Great Events in February!

The month of February brings three terrific learning resources to DC Creatives.On Monday, February 5, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, WALA joins...