Work with creative arts & innovation clients across California!
CLA is a State Bar of California Certified Legal Referral & Information Service (LRIS) and has been serving the creative arts community in California since 1974. CLA matches well-screened clients with highly qualified attorneys selected from its LRIS panel. Individual attorneys, law firms, in-house legal teams, and government lawyers can join CLA's LRIS panel by applying for membership and by meeting the LRIS membership requirements which adhere to the State Bar of California's certification standards as described in the California Business & Professions Code.
Individual artists, attorneys, law firms, in-house legal teams, and government lawyers can also serve on CLA's Arts Arbitration & Mediation Services [AAMS] panel by applying for membership and by meeting the AAMS membership requirements which include satisfactory completion of a CLA Mediator Training Program.
Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS)
Individual attorneys, law firms, in-house legal teams, and government lawyers can join CLA's LRIS panel and agree to accept regular legal referrals. CLA's LRIS handles four types of legal referrals: (1) Regular, (2) Pro Bono, (3) Modest Means, and (4) California Inventors Assistance Program (CIAP). Apply online to join the LRIS panel serving the creative arts community. Some examples of law firms and in-house legal teams working with CLA's LRIS programs:
Arts Arbitration & Mediation
Prospective AAMS panelists are required to complete a questionnaire which can be completed online. Applicants can work independently with each CLA office in the San Francisco Bay Area; Sacramento Area; and/or Los Angeles Area.
California Lawyers for the Arts is a State Bar Certified Referral Service — and is also licensed by the State Bar of California as a Multiple Activity MCLE Provider (#1248). CLA offers educational programs at least two-times per month in all of our locations, including many programs certified for MCLE. Sign-up for our weekly email newsletter to keep apprised of upcoming events and MCLE programs or check our calendar of workshops and events.
If you have questions about participating as a CLA MCLE presenter, contact us at: 888-775-8995.
Speaker's BureauCLA also receives requests from the media and outside organizations seeking experts to comment and present on a wide range of topics. Consider also registering with CLA's Speaker's Bureau so we can connect you with media requests and outside organizations seeking your expertise. If you have questions about participating in CLA's speaker's bureau, contact us at: 888-775-8995
The California Inventors Assistance Referral Program (CIAP)
Under the new “America Invents Act,” the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) established a pro bono program designed to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses. CLA was selected as the statewide Administrator to manage pro bono intakes and placements throughout California.
If, after the initial free 30-minute consultation, the attorney does not wish to proceed with representation, the attorney must send the client back to CLA for a possible re-referral (if appropriate).
USPTO Pro Bono Recognition Certificate Program for Attorneys
The USPTO recognizes that patent professionals are oftentimes engaged in a very busy practice assisting paying clients with their intellectual property need. That makes the commitment of the volunteers in this program all the more meaningful. The USPTO is grateful to all those who have dedicated their professional expertise to making the Patent Pro Bono Program a success!