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Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Crime & Law, Legal Services

Mission: WALA was created in 1983 to serve the many legal needs of the cultural community, from advice on incorporation to negotiation of contracts and arts mediation. The organization offers one-to-one pro-bono services for non-profit arts organizations and low-income individuals. Its education program provides seminars in arts law for artists and the attorneys who represent them.

Programs: Wala currently has active members who have access to client legal referral services and legal educational programs. Referred several hundred artists to attorneys for pro-bono assistance.

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Rating: 5

WALA helps so many local artists in need by arranging free legal assistance they could not otherwise afford, and providing education to artists on a variety of topics. The board comes from the arts community and the legal community, raising money principally from law firms who appreciate that local artists need this support to be able to do their magic and create works that inspire us all. As a member of the board for many years, I am constantly amazed at the energy and resourcefulness of this diverse community of busy people and what they accomplish, the great leadership, the fun we have doing what we do, the connections and friendships we have formed, and the good will created in the arts, legal, and general DC metropolitan communities. I expect WALA to continue to grow and provide even more to the community and look forward to being a part of this growth.