FOR CREATIVE ARTISTS
What kind of legal problem do you have?
If you need help with a specific legal issue, CLA can match you with a qualified attorney through its State Bar of California Certified Lawyer Referral and Information Service [LRIS]. If you are involved in a dispute, CLA can also provide dispute resolution services through its Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services [AAMS]. If you are seeking general information about a legal issue, you can review CLA's educational programs, online bookstore, and other learning resources.
If you're a creative artist, arts organization, independent inventor — or someone with a creative arts legal matter — we can match you with a qualified attorney. CLA's referral service is registered with the State Bar of California and conforms with the Minimum Standards for a Lawyer Referral Service in California Business and Professions Code Section 6155, both effective January 1, 2014 - Certificate #0021. If your adjusted gross income on your IRS 1040 Income Tax Return is at (or near) the federal poverty guidelines you may qualify for one of CLA's pro bono or modest means programs. If you would like to apply for assistance under one of those programs, please start the lawyer referral process by completing the FINANCIAL SCREENING APPLICATION FORM HERE. If your adjusted gross income on your IRS 1040 Income Tax Return is not at (or near) the federal poverty guidelines use the online REQUEST FOR REFERRAL FORM below — or you can call TOLL-FREE: 888-775-8995 to begin the regular referral process today.
IMPORTANT: CLA OFFERS REFERRAL SERVICES EXCLUSIVELY FOR CREATIVE ARTISTS, ARTS ORGANIZATIONS, INVENTORS, OR THOSE WITH ARTS-RELATED LEGAL MATTERS.
"Be sure to use a lawyer referral service that is certified by the State Bar. By law, lawyer referral services must be certified by the State Bar to operate in California and must list a certification number in all advertising. State Bar-certified lawyer referral services also must follow certain rules to protect clients." Source: A Lawyer Referral Service Can Help You | State Bar of California.
The Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services [AAMS] has been providing alternative dispute resolution for creative artists since 1980. AAMS was the first alternative dispute resolution program in the country created for the arts and entertainment communities.
California Lawyers for the Arts offers in-person workshops, special events, and seminars throughout California -- plus online educational programs, videos, podcasts, an online bookstore, and online links and resources for the creative arts and innovation community.