(215) 790-3836 ext. 1
Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA) is a non-profit legal services organization through which lawyers assist artists and cultural organizations throughout the greater Philadelphia area via legal representation, publications, advocacy, education and counseling.
Subject Matter Eligibility: Client must be an individual artist/inventor, arts collective, or arts & cultural nonprofit or for-profit organization with an “arts-related” legal issue. PVLA defines the term “art” broadly to include both traditional artistic disciplines (e.g. fine art, music, dance, theater, film etc.) as well as more modern forms of creative expression (e.g. animation, game design, user experience, web design, etc.). The types of legal issues handled by PVLA attorneys are widely varied, implicating a wide array of legal practice areas. Geographic Eligibility: Arts clients must have their primary residence or corporate headquarters within the greater Philadelphia area, which encompasses an 11-county region spanning Philadelphia County and the surrounding counties in southeastern PA, southwestern NJ and northern DE. Patent clients must have their primary residence or corporate headquarters in the state of PA. Financial Eligibility: Individual artist/inventor clients must have a household adjusted gross income that falls below 300% of the federal poverty guidelines for their household size (Arts Collectives are generally treated as groups of individuals for eligibility purposes). Arts Organizations must have an annual operating budget of $1 million or less. Liquid asset restrictions also apply. Clients who do not qualify for pro bono services may request educational materials, courtesy attorney referrals for paid or reduced-fee representation, or referral to other legal services organizations in Philadelphia or elsewhere.
By web application at https://pvla.org/. For assistance call (215) 790-3836 ext. 1.
Legal services and educational programs for individual artists and arts and cultural organizations. PVLA volunteer attorneys provide legal assistance on a wide range of arts-related legal issues, including Administrative/Municipal Law; Arbitration/Mediation; Art and Entertainment Law; Bankruptcy; Censorship/Artistic Expression; Collections; Computer/Technology/Internet Law;
Copyright/Licensing; Defamation; General and Management
Agreements; Immigration; Insurance; Intellectual Property;
International Law; Labor and Employment; Landlord-Tenant;
Litigation; Nonprofit Law; Patent Law; Real Estate; Right of
Publicity; Small Business Start-Up; Small Claims; Tax; Trademark; Trusts and Estates.
pamphlets on a wide range of legal issues. PVLA provides substantive and ethical training for new volunteer attorneys throughout the year.
Kenneth L. Metzner, Esq. (215) 790-3822 Kmetzner@pvla.org
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