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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October 15, 2021
Free Passes to the Wheaton Film Festival for WALA Members

The 7th Annual Wheaton Film Festival is scheduled for November 5 - 13, 2021.Wheaton Film Festival is a virtual online festival that...

August 30, 2021
WALA Fall Creative Entrepreneur Series

WALA Teams up with East City Art, Community Arts at Montgomery College, and the National Museum of Women in the...

July 22, 2021
WALA Board Member, Keith Kupferschmid, Appointed to CPMC

On June 22, the Library of Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office announced the members of the new Copyright Public...