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March 4, 2010

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March 4, 2010

WALA does a fantastic work and I would like to share my story about WALA with others. I am an artist who was seeking legal advice about an innovative product I designed. I had consulted 3 lawyers on my own, one more expensive than the other. Just as I was resigned to the fact that I could not afford to protect my invention, I heard about WALA through an art gallery. The very same day I became a WALA member and told them about my case, their Legal Services Director got in touch with me. Within 2 weeks I was assigned to a very helpful and knowledgeable lawyer who worked hard and passionately on my case. I joined WALA on September 9, 2009, my patent application was submitted to the Patent Office on November 3, 2009, less than 60 days! Throughout this time I never had the feeling that this was being done Pro Bono, on the contrary I was given the red carpet treatment, the lawyer was on top of things, he went out of his way to meet with me (even after normal working hours) and constantly communicated with me explaining all the process. I was always treated with an incredible amount of respect and professionalism by WALA and by the lawyers they work with. I am very grateful to WALA and their team because it is almost economically impossible for an artist to get a patent, particularly in rough economic times like this. Fortunately for artists WALA is here to help us and educate us. Bravo for WALA! Thank you so much!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional and knowledgeable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

WALA provided me with badly needed advice through one of its member attorneys. The issue involved an intellectual property dispute and the counselor took a passionate and constructive stance. The issue was resolved without a protracted and destructive legal process.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my professional art practice.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their promptness, attention to detail and the way they followed up after services were provided.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

prompt and well informed about who best to refer to me to address my needs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

WALA can be helpful is you have the patience to wait for the turnaround time, sometimes over a month. It may be that they are understaffed and perhaps underfunded. The concept is a good one.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ASSISTING WITH ONE HOUR OF LEGAL COUNSEL

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

REPOSITION ITS APPROACH MORE BROADLY AND HAVE OPTIONS WHERE THE LAWYERS GET AT LEAST PARTIAL FEE AFTER THE FIRST TWO CONSULTATIONS. OFTEN THEY CANNOT GET A LAWYER TO VOLUNTEER FOR MONTHS.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

THEY ORGANIZE GOOD PUBLIC SEMINARS

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

DIFFICULT TO REACH

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

OPERATE FOR 30 YEARS. THEY DO NOT NEED THAT MUCH MONEY.

Ways to make it better...

THEY HAD RESPONDED FASTER TO THE REQUEST, PERHAPS THEY NEED FULL-TIME STAFF

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

RE-ORIENTING ITS GOALS TO BETTER SERVICE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS, THEY ARE STILL OPERATING AS THEY DID MANY YEARS AGO, FOR STARTERS A BETTER WEBSITE...

One thing I'd also say is that...

WALA AIMS TO FILL A VERY IMPORTANT GAP IN ASSISTANCE TO ARTISTS BUT NEEDS TO RE-STRUCTURE WITH MORE SPECIALIZED PERSONNEL, BETTER AND MORE SERVICES.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I have nothing but glowing things to say about WALA. I am so thankful for not only the lawyers who donate their time to help those of us in the arts but also all of those who are behind the scenes making it all happen. I am in the process of incorporating an arts outreach company in DC and within a few weeks of asking WALA for help they had found us 2 amazing lawyers who have been nothing but giving, kind and all around great people to work with. We are so close...and when I think of where we would have been on our own...I am incredibly thankful.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

incorporating my arts outreach company

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the immediate responses from both teh admin side and the lawyers we are working with. And their willingness to be as patient as possible as we ask millions of questions :)

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, fun to be around, patient, kind and quick!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

oh, the places it could go!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

WALA's educational programs were very helpful in understanding what we needed to do to become a 501c3, then to prepare the materials our attorney would need to help us. The attorney WALA found us has been very helpful and encouraging through the whole process.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Getting our documents of incorporation filed, bylaws written, IRS paperwork ready to be filed.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How friendly everyone is.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Well informed and generous with their time

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

This is a GREAT organization. It was recommended to me by Ken Kaufman of Manatt Philips and the non-profit has delivered ten-fold. I'm having some questions about our music in our film score, and both WALA and the law firm Manatt have been professional, kind, expedient, and supportive in all of their phone calls, emails, and letters to me. If there were an Olympic gold medal competition in the category of legal assistance to non-profits, they would win a gold medal every time. Go team WALA

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reference to the film score for my music.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

tell more people and organizations about it.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their professionalism, candor, and sense of humor. I mean, I AM working with nuns in the film, Women of Mystery, Women of Hope -- a film short about a day in the life of nuns -- and their kindness is matched by WALA.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent, professional, and candid

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more artists and artistic non-profits create GREAT culture that would in turn inspire our society to look to the arts, music, film, theatre, poetry, operas, orchestral performances for plays for inspiration, for courage, for motivation, for hope.

Ways to make it better...

I do not think the experience could be better, but I think MORE people and organizations should know what a terrific job you do!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the word out about how GREAT they are

One thing I'd also say is that...

I never thought such a talented and professional group of people were assembled in one non-profit. Ken Kaufman is a saint.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I sought WALA's help when I had a confusing tax question regarding my art business income. WALA responded quickly with a lawyer who went above and beyond to provide the right advice for an outcome that was successful and satisfactory to all. I consider WALA a DC resource for the arts community of the highest professional caliber.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...how quickly they connected me with the right person to help resolve my problem.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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