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.

Carolyn Sharon Goodridge

Carolyn Sharon Goodridge

Featured Artist
Carolyn is the Founder, Chief Curator and Executive Director of Art Impact™ USA, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. A practicing artist herself, Goodridge is fully dedicated to helping artists flourish and prosper as...

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Janet Fries

Janet Fries

Featured Attorney
Janet Fries is of counsel at the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and has been on the WALA Board of Directors since 2004. She has represented numerous authors, artists, collectors, estates, art organizations,...

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January 23, 2018
Cultural Plan for DC Call for Comment

ADVOCACY ALERT! Make your voice heard!The DC Office of Planning has just released the draft Cultural Plan for DC,...

January 15, 2018
WALA Announces New Board Members

WASHINGTON, DC - Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts announces the addition of seven new members to its Board of...

December 07, 2017
Come Party with Us at the 2017 WALA Holiday Party!

Season’s Greetings!You are cordially invited to join WALA Board, Staff, and Volunteers for an evening of celebration during...