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.

Dr. Debra Jean Ambush

Dr. Debra Jean Ambush

Featured Artist
Debra Jean Ambush, Ph.D. is a distinguished Lecturer in Art History, Art and Design, and Art Education at Towson University. She was 2017 recipient of the National Art Education Association Woman’s Caucus’ Maryl Flether...

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Karl W. Means

Karl W. Means

Featured Attorney
Karl W. Means is an attorney with Miles & Stockbridge in Tysons Corner, Virginia, advising clients on a range of intellectual property-related issues, including working with clients to protect and license copyrighted works covering a...

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April 07, 2018
WALA Celebrates World IP Week

In celebration of World IP Week, April 23-27, 2018, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, along with Volunteer Lawyers for the...

April 07, 2018
WALA Art Collection on display at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

Image: Street Scene (1995) by Y. David ChungYou are cordially invited to view the WALA Art Collection on display starting...

April 02, 2018
Make and Movie in a Month Collaborative Production Challenge Returns

The following is a WALA public service announcement:Filmmakers! The collaborative production challenge returns with “Make a Movie in a...