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Our Mission

California Lawyers for the Arts empowers the creative community by providing education, representation and dispute resolution.

Our Vision

Artists and arts organizations serve as agents of democratic involvement, innovation, and positive social change, and the growth of an empowered arts sector is essential to healthy communities. CLA’s leadership and services strengthen the arts for the benefit of communities throughout California.



Breaking News:
Resale Royalties for Visual Artists

In the lawsuit of Sam Francis Foundation and others against Christie's, Sotheby's and EBay for failure to pay royalties under the California Resale Royalty Act, the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals has held that the Act can be severed. In its recent decision, the Ninth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals found the CRRA constitutional for in-state resales of unique works of visual arts, but unconstitutional for out of state sales based on the "dormant" Commerce Clause theory.

In a law review article published in the Cybaris Intellectual Property Law Review, CLA Executive Director Alma Robinson makes the case for federal legislation, which would allow US artists to receive resale royalties in more than 70 countries around the world.




SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS,
a program of California Lawyers for the Arts, provides exposure to the arts and employment for low income high school students ages 14-17 who reside in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco. In 2014-2015 our new cohort of youth have chosen to team up with the community focused art organization, 14 Black Poppies, to develop a collaborative art project:  an exhibition,You Belong Here, that showcases a transdisciplinary and cross-platform investigation into belonging. The project will culminate April 11 during an event that is open to the public. We have raised $2,200 and we are seeking to raise $5,000 more.

Here is the link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-youth-and-community-arts-in-san-francisco

In 2013, CLA's SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS program provided a platform for teens who were harassed by San Francisco police officers to describe their experiences in a short video, What If This Happened To You?. The teens in this program learned interviewing techniques, as well as sound and camera techniques, under the direction of CLA's Spotlight on the Arts program staff.  They also interviewed a knowledgeable attorney about how they should respond in such situations.

A short essay describing the background of the making of this video with links to descriptions of relevant research is posted on our blog HERE.






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As a member of C.L.A., you are supporting and participating in a dynamic service organization, providing vital links to other community sectors and current issues affecting the arts as well as quality legal services and educational programs. 

Upcoming events

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (adjacent to the Downtown Berkeley BART Station)
Monday, August 03, 2015 6:00 PM • California Lawyers for the Arts, 2015 J Street, Suite 204, Sacramento, CA 95811
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (adjacent to the Downtown Berkeley BART Station)
Monday, August 10, 2015 7:00 PM • Canoga Park Youth Arts Center 7222 Remmet Avenue Canoga Park, CA 91303
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 7:00 PM • Colorado Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 7:00 PM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704 (adjacent to the Downtown Berkeley BART Station)
Friday, September 18, 2015 9:00 AM • Wells Fargo Building, 2140 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (adjacent to the Downtown Berkeley BART Station)






CLA BY THE NUMBERS

July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

In our 39th fiscal year:

1,135 persons were members of California Lawyers for the Arts

823 clients received legal assistance from our attorney panel

2009 persons attended 90 C.L.A. educational programs
1,463 individuals and organizations participated in alternative dispute resolution services
61 persons received mediation training

57 deserving teens were placed in arts internships and attended 14 job readiness workshops

Our website averaged 15,165 pageviews per month with visitors from 127 countries.




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