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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.

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"She Sings to the Stars"

CLA lawyer referral service panel attorneys Lindsay Spiller and Richard Lee assisted the production team of She Sings to the Stars, which is being shown in the American Indian Film Festival on @ 7 PM on Monday November 3rd at the AMC Metreon, 16 Theatre.

CLA will host a reception for the filmmakers, including Writer/Director Jennifer Corcoran and Producer Jonathan Corcoran, a sister and brother team, following the viewing of the film (location to be announced.) Cast members will also be at the screening and reception. There will be 15-20-minute Q&A at the screening.

American Indian Film Festival:

ARTober is a month-long celebration of the arts that puts a spotlight on the talent and creativity of artists throughout the Sacramento region. As part of National Arts & Humanities Month, the ARTober campaign will bring attention to over 150 art events taking place during the month of October. Follow the link to find out what's going near you, including two new CLA workshops!


Buy The Art of Deduction now and learn how to prepare your taxes for the 2013 tax year. This is the tax guide for creative artists and arts organizations (since 1978!).

CLA members can sign-in to this website and get 25% off this workbook -- save $5 -- by ordering in the Member Bookstore.

* Significant tax law changes for 2013
* Who must file an income tax return?
* What qualifies as income?
* What can be deducted from income?
* How to compute income taxes owed?
* California rules included!


May 21-28, 2015 

Join Cuba Educational Travel and California Lawyers for the Arts as we visit The Havana Bienal!

Meet the people of Cuba and learn about art from the Americas, Asia and Africa. The week will be devoted to meeting and sharing ideas with Cuban artists, curators and the everyday people of Havana. Contemporary art of Cuba, Latin America, Asia and Africa will be fully displayed throughout the city, making this curated event the only place on the Globe where you can see all of this work together in one place. For American art experts and aficionados alike, the Havana Bienal is a good way to stay in touch with developments in the visual arts of these regions.

Upcoming events

Monday, November 03, 2014 7:00 PM • AMC Metreon 16 Theatre, 135 4th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 6:00 PM • The GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Museum entrance is located on Figueroa, between The Farm of Beverly Hills and Flemings)
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 7:00 PM • Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, 1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:00 PM • Sherman Oaks Galleria Community Room, 15301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Thursday, November 13, 2014 6:30 PM • 2015 J Street, Suite 204 Sacramento, CA 95811
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 7:00 PM • Mood Fabrics, 645 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 7:00 PM • Colorado Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica, 90404
Thursday, December 04, 2014 6:00 PM • California Lawyers for the Arts, 2015 J Street Suite 204 Sacramento 95811
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 7:00 PM • Donahue Fitzgerald LLP, 1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 7:00 PM • Colorado Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica, 90404


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.

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. 

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