CALIFORNIA LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
Contracts, Collaboration, Credit, Compensation: What To Do When It All Falls Apart
with Joshua J. Schroeder and Aaron Larks-Stanford
Sometimes, despite the best-laid plans and seemingly airtight agreements, conflicts arise. What do you do when a client refuses to pay you for your work? Or a collaborator fails to provide you the credit they promised? Many artists and freelancers face these issues – and many more.
This workshop will guide artists and creative freelancers on the options available when all else fails. Attorney Joshua J. Schroeder will discuss the traditional approach of sending a demand letter and potentially following up with litigation, including what you will need to file a civil suit to pursue a legal remedy, as well as steps you can take to avoid breach of contract issues. Attorney/mediator and Director of CLA’s Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services Aaron Larks-Stanford will discuss alternative forms of dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, as a means of resolving disputes by arriving at a mutually agreeable solution. Aaron and Joshua will also discuss strategies for negotiating resolutions successfully on your own.
About Our Speakers:
Joshua J. Schroeder
Joshua is a multi-published legal scholar and lawyer on topics ranging from copyright, internet law, habeas corpus, federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, human rights, immigration law, and much more. He founded SchroederLaw in 2020 right before the COVID-19 crisis to serve immigrant asylum seekers and those seeking family based immigration into the United States. While he is focused on immigration law, he maintains a dual practice in intellectual property law to help artists and creatives as well.
Aaron Larks-Stanford is the Arbitration Administrator and AAMS Program Coordinator (Los Angeles) at California Lawyers for the Arts. Years of experience as a labor lawyer brought Aaron to a career in mediation. He was trained and certified by the California Academy of Mediation Professionals, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and Ken Cloke's Center for Dispute Resolution. As a community and court mediator, he helps parties resolve, among other things, neighbor-neighbor conflicts, landlord-tenant disputes, intra-organizational conflicts, family, business, and employment issues. Aaron is a mediator with the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, Center for Conflict Resolution, Southern California Family Mediation, and Centinela Youth Services. He is also an arbitrator with the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Aaron is a member of the Southern California Mediation Association and the California Bar Association.
Please contact Vanessa.Quintero@calawyersforthearts.org for any questions and for further information.