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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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CLA is a State Bar Certified 
Lawyer Referral Service - No. 0021


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!


Explore Peace & 
Conflict Resolution in 

JULY 15 to 28, 2014

Travel and learn about the arts, culture and legal system of modern South Africa with an emphasis on peace-making and conflict resolution.

A highlight will be attendance at the 4th International Pan-African Peace Conference.

A joint program of Afripeace Foundation and California Lawyers for the Arts, in collaboration with the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution(CAPCR).

Click here for more information and registration!

USPTO California Inventors Assistance Program

Under the “America Invents Act,” the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) established a new pro bono program designed to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses. CLA was selected as the statewide Administrator of the program throughout California to process pro bono intakes in conjunction with the USPTO. This program is called the California Inventors Assistance Program (CAIP).

Upcoming events

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 7:00 PM • Verdugo Jobs Center - Workforce Investment Board, 1255 S Central Avenue, Glendale, CA 91204
Friday, April 25, 2014 12:00 PM • Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Saturday, April 26, 2014 11:00 AM • Fowler Museum at UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Saturday, April 26, 2014 3:00 PM • 1075 West Capitol Ave. West Sacramento, CA 95691
Saturday, May 10, 2014 3:00 PM • 1075 West Capitol Ave. West Sacramento, CA 95691
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 7:00 PM • Continental Art Supply, 7041 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 7:00 PM • Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP, 1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
Thursday, May 22, 2014 7:00 PM • Community Services Building, 150 N. Third Street, Community Services Room 104, Burbank, CA 91504
Saturday, May 24, 2014 3:00 PM • 1075 West Capitol Ave. West Sacramento, CA 95691
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 9:00 AM • Johannesberg, Pretoria, Durban, Midrand & Soweto, South Africa

July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013

In our 38th fiscal year:

1,079 persons were members of California Lawyers for the Arts 

932 clients received legal assistance from our attorney panel

1,390 persons attended 75 C.L.A. educational programs

1,002 individuals and organizations participated in alternative dispute resolution services  

74 persons received mediation training

57 deserving teens were placed in arts internships and attended 9 job readiness workshops

150 persons participated in our Artistic License Awards benefit

Our website averaged 13,637 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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