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.

Rock Creek Kings

Rock Creek Kings

Featured Artist
We need your vote!Rock Creek Kings is in the running for the “Best Law Rocks Performance Ever”.You determine the winner.Go to: and simply ...

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Dayna C. Cooper

Dayna C. Cooper

Featured Attorney
Winner of the 2019 G. Hamilton Loeb Award for Pro Bono Excellence in the Arts - Small Firm Category, Dayna C. Cooper is founding and managing attorney for Cooper Legal, LLC.Her practice primarily includes business...

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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...