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VLA "Events" Event: Legal and Practical Advice

"The 'Events' Event: Legal and Practical Advice for Arts Organizations in Planning Compliant Events" - Presented by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) of The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA), SPACES Gallery, and the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC)


  • Legal Issues • George H. Carr, Janik L.L.P.; John N. Neal, Koehler Neal LLC
  • Practical Realities of Compliance • Joe Cimperman, Cleveland City Councilman for Ward 3; Liz Maugans, cofounder and Managing Director of Zygote Press; Thomas B. Schorgl, President and CEO of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture; Gabrielle T. Kelly, Brouse McDowell

Recent events and discussions in Cleveland have highlighted the need for artists and arts organizations to become informed about legal and administrative requirements for public events. The VLA, SPACES, and CPAC have teamed up to serve that need, and artists, organization leaders, and attorneys alike are invited to attend this free, public event. In this seminar, VLA lawyers will present for the first hour on the legal issues of event hosting, including the law governing parade and assembly permits (including First Amendment implications), regulatory and liability issues relating to alcohol sales and service, and appropriate licensing of intellectual property (especially live performances of music, dance, or theater) commonly presented at benefit events (CLE available). During the second hour, local artists, representatives from arts organizations, and community leaders will share advice and experiences about the practical realities of creative events planning and compliance. After the seminar, all attendees are invited to join the presenters and panelists for light refreshments.

  • 5:00 p.m. Registration
  • 5:30 p.m. The “Events” Event: Legal and Practical Advice for Arts Organizations in Planning Compliant Events (1 hr. CLE requested)
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion

  • Pricing to attend: FREE and open to the public (w/out CLE credit)
    Pricing for CLE credit FREE for VLA volunteers
    $25 for CMBA members
    $40 for non-members

    Attorneys seeking CLE credit should register online. Members of the public should RSVP online by clicking here. For more information please email Jessica Paine at jpaine@clemetrobar.org.

Start Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
End Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Coordinators: Jessica Paine
Address: SPACES Gallery
2220 Superior Viaduct
Cleveland, OH 44113
Directions: Parking is free to the public 24/7. Guests can park anywhere on the Viaduct unless otherwise marked.

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