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.

Roya Bahrami

Roya Bahrami

Featured Artist
Roya Bahrami (Music Director, Composer, Arranger, Lyricist, Santurist, and Vocalist) is a native of Iran who immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager and has spent most of her life in Washington DC, a...

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Mary Ann McGrail

Mary Ann McGrail

Featured Attorney
WALA volunteer Mary Ann McGrail (Principal, Law Office of M.A. McGrail) is the recipient of the 2020 G. Hamilton Loeb Award, Sole Practitioner Category.Mary Ann’s legal practice specializes in intellectual property, international law,...

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March 23, 2023
Celebrating WIPD Panel: ‘Women Trailblazers Creating Success Through Copyright’

 The Copyright Alliance, in collaboration with the U.S. Copyright Office, the  Copyright Society, ...

March 22, 2023
“Overview of Common Failure-to-Function Refusals”

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is excited to share their upcoming livestream event, "Overview of Common Failure-to-Function Refusals",...

March 06, 2023
Join the Copyright Alliance and Copyright Society for Panel on AI Authorship and Copyrightability

On Tuesday, March 14 at 4 p.m. ET, the Copyright Alliance will join the Copyright Society to host a free webinar...