Legal Clinics for Artists
The VLA has been providing free and reduced-cost legal assistance to the Massachusetts arts community for 25 years. Discover Roxbury is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the culture, history, and economy of the Roxbury community. VLA staff attorneys will be on-site for short consultations on a variety of legal issues. These consultations will answer your legal questions and help you determine whether you will need more assistance. Artists of every medium and discipline, as well as arts administrators, are welcome to participate.
The 2014 legal clinics will be
April 16, 5pm-8pm
September 13, 10am-1pm
December 10, 5pm-8pm
The clinic will be held at the Dillaway-Thomas House in Roxbury Heritage State Park. The address is 183 Roxbury Street, Boston, MA 02119. Transportation directions can be found on Discover Roxbury's website.
How do I know if my question is a “legal” one?
When you schedule a clinic session, you will be asked to fill out a brief form and describe your questions. If your question does not actually need a lawyer, we will let you know. More likely, we can discuss the issue with you at the clinic to address your concerns and determine your needs.
Is this private?
Consultations will be entirely confidential between you and the VLA attorneys. Your information will not be shared with other attendees, outside parties, or Discover Roxbury personnel.
What if I need more help?
If your matter cannot be resolved at the time of your appointment, you can apply for legal assistance through the VLA. Please visit the VLA's website for more information on the VLA’s legal assistance process.
• I am an author/artist/musician- what can I do to protect my work?
• I want to start a nonprofit organization. What do I need to do?
• I want to protect the name of my small business.
• Someone is copying my creations. What can I do about it?
• I am planning to collaborate with others on a new creative project. Do we need a contract?
• I think I should write a will, but I don't know where to start.