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Creative Expression Online & the First Amendment

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • ZOOM


  • Cover the cost of another registrant with this registration type.
  • CLA is sensitive to the current situation faced by the non-profit and arts sector within COVID-19. We are currently offering our workshops at a sliding scale or "pay what you can" price. While CLA is a nonprofit we are also in need of your continued support but want to ensure accessibility of our content and workshops to all no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact for waiver code.

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Creative people like to express themselves, and social media platforms have become one of our preferred public squares. Between the upcoming election, Black Lives Matter protests, and COVID-19, heated opinions and political artworks are dominating our online conversations.

How far does the First Amendment, or Freedom of Speech, protect private citizens on their personal social media accounts? If you've recently signed a contract with an indemnity or morality clause, could this hurt your employment status? What could be considered libel? What happens if your work is censored? What if you are "cancelled"?

This workshop will cover many different aspects of free speech and how creatives are using their art, music, writing, performance, design, and other media to make statements online.

About Online Workshops:

Registrants will be emailed a link to register for the Zoom seminar online after booking through the CLA website. Please make sure to check the bottom of your confirmation email for the Zoom link.

About the Speakers

Aimée Scala, Partner at Olsoff | Cahill |Cossu LLP 

Based in Los Angeles, Aimée Scala is a Partner at Olsoff | Cahill | Cossu LLP, a boutique art law firm where her practice focuses on litigation as well as transactional law, particularly in the areas of fine art, intellectual property, media, and entertainment law. Aimée represents clients in a variety of creative fields, including the visual arts, photography, publishing, and entertainment industries. 

Currently Co-Chair of Programming for the Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Aimée organizes and participates in panels and events in the area of Art Law. She graduated cum laude from Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School, where she chaired Brooklyn Law School's Art Law Association, was a student representative on the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and interned in the chambers of two federal judges in the Southern District of New York. She was also a member of Brooklyn Law School’s Faculty Hiring Committee. 

Prior to entering the legal profession, Aimée was the photo editor of Artforum magazine from 2004-2013. Her extensive professional background in the arts informs her analysis of client matters, as she is familiar with the many players and facets of the art world, from scholars and researchers to artists and galleries, as well as museums, auction houses, libraries, archives, and nonprofit arts organizations of all kinds. 

Peter Eliasberg, ACLU of Southern California - Chief Counsel/Manheim Family Attorney for First Amendment Rights

Peter joined the ACLU in 1996 and served as the managing attorney and the Manheim Family attorney for First Amendment Rights until February 2011, when he became legal director for the affiliate.

During his tenure Peter has worked on cases involving the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, disability discrimination and educational equity, among others.

Peter graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude and clerked for both Judge Stanley Sporkin of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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