WELCOME 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 […]


“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, […]


“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 […]


“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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Saturday, November 12, 2016: Art Law Clinic, 1-4pm at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD. $5! To make a 30 min. appointment, please email victoria@mdvla.org.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016: A Primer on Legal Concepts for Makers, 8-10am at Open Works, 1400 Greenmount Ave., Baltimore, MD. FREE!

Saturday, December 3, 2016: Mind Your Business in Charles County, 9:30am-1pm at the Charles County Government Auditorium, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata, MD. FREE! Space is limited, please RSVP at info@mdarts.org or 410-467-6700.

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Artist seeking lawyer?

Are you an artist (painter, musician, sculptor, printmaker, dancer, puppeteer, actor, etc., etc.)?

Do you have a legal issue related to your livelihood as an artist?

Well, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has been helping Maryland artists with legal issues since 1985. If you think you need a lawyer you should check out our Pro Bono Legal Referral Service by clicking "Get a Lawyer".

You can also check out our upcoming Art Law Clinics. At our clinics, artists can receive a $5 30 minute consultation with an attorney to discuss their short-form legal issue.

Through the above legal services, as well as our lectures, seminars, and publications, we are proud to continue the tradition of "left-brain support for right-brain people" that we started three decades ago.