Our Mission

  • Facilitate access to legal services for Northeast Ohio artists and arts organizations, including pro bono legal representation and referrals to income-eligible artists and arts organizations in all disciplines
  • Develop educational resources for and build a living network of the region’s lawyers, artists, and arts organizations
  • Advocate for a strong and vibrant arts community

How we serve the community

  • For artists: If you are an artist or arts organization in the Greater Cleveland area seeking free legal assistance, please contact the VLA to submit an application.
  • For the public: The VLA is committed to partnering with local arts and nonprofit organizations to present free, public law-related education programs. Past presentations have focused on topics such as leasing, gallery agreements, sales, and intellectual property protection. If you have an idea for an educational program, please let us know!
  • For attorneys: We are currently seeking attorneys to join the VLA Committee to help us carry out our mission. If you are interested in joining the VLA, please submit your committee request form.

Coming events​

The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts invite all VLA supporters and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association members to their FREE* summer social at Severance Hall! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic film West Side Story, as The Cleveland Orchestra plays Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying score live while the re-mastered film is shown in hi-def on the big screen with the original vocals and dialog.

 The VLA, CMBA members, and their guests will enjoy a pre-show reception with the chance to mingle with the musicians and Orchestra VIPs while enjoying light refreshments.

 6:00 p.m.: VLA mixer
 7:00 p.m.: Performance

 RSVP to Jessica Paine at jpaine@clemetrobar.org by May 26.

 * Tickets are FREE for the first 20 RSVPs; discounted tickets available when capacity is reached.



"VLA Do Free" - Sculpture with neon and recycled materials by Cleveland-area artist Jeffry Chiplis, winner of the 2013 VLA Commission Design contest.

Student photographer Jasmine with her artwork, at the Shooting Without Bullets exhibit opening reception at the CMBA.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is a program of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with funding support provided by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation.

The CMBF is a 501(c)(3) organization; gifts to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

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