Founded in 1985, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that provides lawyer referral services and pro bono legal assistance to income-eligible artists and arts organizations.

“In a difficult artistic environment, MdVLA not only gives you what’s promised, a free use of their services, but continues to support clients long after the first visit. It’s comforting to know there are true advocates of the arts in Maryland.  MdVLA works on a personal level to understand your project and to match you with the most suitable advisors.” –Filmmaker Rob Fiks

“MdVLA has provided us with the means to navigate the basic legal terminology and decision-making that we need to operate as a company. Having lawyers who care about the arts community means artists can spend less time worrying about legal issues and more time enriching the cultural experience of our city.” –Dylan Koehler, Managing Director, Baltimore Rock Opera Society

“It is a challenge for independent artists to protect their work due to the complexity of intellectual property law, and the expense to adequately secure protections. The unique aspect of MdVLA’s model, working with experienced legal professionals…”—Paulo Gregory, creator of the Nature Form Community Bench, the first in a line of products aimed at teaching previously incarcerated individuals how to make functional works of art

“This album would not have been possible without the legal expertise and advice of [MdVLA volunteer] Frank Morgan. Throughout the production process, Frank has offered invaluable support and encouragement, and I am deeply grateful to him and to MdVLA for connecting us.”–Soprano Jessica Bachicha

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From Our New Director:

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has been helping Maryland artists since 1985, and I feel honored to join such a venerable organization. As both an attorney and a musician, I understand the fundamental importance of MdVLA's programs that provide legal assistance and education to creative individuals throughout the state. MdVLA's volunteers feel the same way. Each wants to make sure that artists' legal and business needs are addressed so that artists are free to do what they do best: make art. So, whether you are an artist, a lawyer, or both I ask that you join me in continuing the tradition of "left-brain support for right-brain people" that MdVLA started almost three decades ago.

- Adam Holofcener

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