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Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Who We Are

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is the leading provider of legal aid and legal education to the New York-area arts community. VLA enables low-income artists and non-profit arts and cultural organizations to obtain low-cost legal information and pro bono legal representation from qualified New York attorneys on a range of issues -- such as intellectual property, contract, and corporate formation and governance -- that commonly affect them.

How to Get Help

Services are currently being offered remotely. VLA clinic appointments are free for VLA artist and arts organization members who have a qualifying legal issue. To start an intake and discuss your matter with our intake staff, please submit an online form or email

Who We Serve

  • Bronx County
  • Kings (Brooklyn) County
  • New York (Manhattan) County
  • Queens County
  • Richmond (Staten Island) County
Language(s) Spoken
  • French / Français
  • Spanish / Español
Income Guidelines

Not-for-profit organizations or individuals earning less than $30,000 or married couples earning less than $50,000 annually may be eligible for reduced fees or fee waivers.

Individuals or married couples earning more than the income guidelines above may contact VLA to inquire about eligibility for a one-time meeting with a VLA Staff Attorney.

Annual membership fees, which may vary depending on income.

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Eligibility Restrictions

Please note, for foreclosure or repairs, the problem must be with a commercial property only. We do not accept cases for residential property.

Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Full Legal Representation
  • Brief Advice
  • Pro Se Legal Clinic

General Contact Information

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
1 East 53rd Street, 6th floor (map)
New York, NY 10022
(212) 319-2787 ext. 1
(212) 752-6575
Last Review and Update: Sep 09, 2021

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