For OVLA, 2017 was a great success, as we continued to grow and serve more people in the creative community than ever before.

Our 2017 highlights include:

• In collaboration with the Regional Arts + Culture Council, the inaugural season of our “2nd Monday” legal workshop series, exploring legal topics vital to the creative community, from copyright basics to music licensing, to estate planning for artists

• 22 active volunteer attorneys giving their time for our monthly legal clinics, workshops and community lectures

• More than 65 clients received pro-bono legal services through the OVLA clinic

• Our volunteer attorneys donated over $35,000 in billable hours

• Public events including collaborations with Pacific Northwest College of Arts, Regional Arts + Culture Council, Willamette Writers and Design Week Portland

We wish to thank our diverse group of funders for their support throughout 2017, many of them first-time donors. The following businesses, foundations, individuals and government funders all showed major financial support for OVLA, for which we are grateful:

The Collins Foundation
Kay Kitagawa + Andy Johnson-Laird
The Oregon Community Foundation
The Robert + Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Wonder Ballroom
Immix Law Group
Oregon State Bar
Stoll Berne Law
Lydia + Kurt Loren
Oregon Arts Commission
Regional Arts + Culture Council
Wyse Kadish, LLP

OVLA also received in-kind support from the following businesses:
Cerulean Wine Bar
Klarquist Sparkman, LLP
Dion Vineyards
Ransom Wines
Ruby Vineyard


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Letterpress print demo by Tony Marostica at Wheelhouse Letterpress

Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts offers 50 minute legal clinic sessions with volunteer attorneys who specialize in arts and entertainment. Our attorneys can answer your questions about contracts, cease and desist letters, copyright, trademark, and other issues. The next clinic is scheduled for Friday, January 19 in downtown Portland. The administrative fee is $20.

If driving to our clinic in Portland is difficult for you, we can also offer consultations by phone. All sessions are by appointment and based on household/organization income.

Applications are due by 5 pm January 5. Click HERE for more information and to apply.


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NPR's Ari Shapiro (right) chats at an OVLA fundraiser Nov. 16

National Public Radio's
"All Things Considered" host Ari Shapiro came to town November 16-18 with his one-man show with music, "Homeward".

OVLA hosted an opening night after-party/fundraiser at Klarquist Sparkman, LLC to celebrate the Portland native.

Thanks to all who attended and supported OVLA. And special thanks to the following Oregon vineyards that donated their fine wines: Ruby Vineyard, Ransom Wines, and Dion Vineyards.


It's not too late to support OVLA this year with a charitable donation. Help us support Oregon's creative community with a year-end gift today.

OVLA is a non-profit organization and your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Support OVLA's work through our convenient Paypal DONATE button.

Thank you!


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