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.

Dear Creative Community -

Everyone at WALA sincerely hopes that you are safe, healthy, and enduring theses extraordinary times with the support of family and friends.

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts takes the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on the creative community very seriously.

WALA has implemented the following initiatives to assist local artists amid this rapidly changing landscape. Until further notice, WALA is...

* Waiving all artist membership and administrative fees

* Prioritizing the placement of legal cases that need immediate attention

* Coordinating with other legal services providers locally and across the country to better assist those in need

* Transitioning our educational workshops and free legal clinics to online platforms

In addition, we have compiled and regularly update an online clearinghouse of COVID-19 related resources for artists and non-profits. Click on the GET HELP tab above. Navigate to RESOURCES / NEWS

Be well. Stay safe. We will get through this together.

Rock Creek Kings

Rock Creek Kings

Featured Artist
On Thursday, September 12, 2019, the band Rock Creek Kings (starring WALA volunteer legal professionals from the DC Metro Area) took the stage at the 9:30 Club, to raise funds for WALA at the 5th Annual Law Rocks!...

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Kurt R. Klaus

Kurt R. Klaus

Featured Attorney
Kurt R. Klaus, Esq., is the 2019 recipient of the G. Hamilton Loeb Award for Pro Bono Excellence in the Arts - Solo Practitioner Category.The award recognizes those lawyers and law firms who have gone...

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Latest News

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May 14, 2020
The U.S. Copyright Office Needs You!

Attention WALA members and creative community. Two new opportunities to offer feedback on the U.S. Copyright Office’s modernization...

April 06, 2020
Relief Resources During the COVID-19 Crisis

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts has compiled the following resources for artists, arts organizations, and non-profits at the national,...

March 19, 2020
COVID-19 Arts Action Alert

The coronavirus has already had a devastating economic impact on America’s nonprofit arts sector—financial losses to date are...