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.


Join the VLA for “Planning for Art Collections – Information for Enthusiasts and Collectors” – a FREE public presentation!

Sept. 20, 2019, 5-6 p.m.
78th St. Studios (1300 W 78th St, Cleveland, OH 44102)

Whether the art adorning your private space or work space is a personal passion or a business investment, come learn about important issues such as loaning art, insurance, and how to document and prepare your collection for eventual transfer or sale. 

Click here to RSVP  |  Click here for full event information

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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