Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) is a referral service that provides pro-bono legal assistance to income-eligible artists, creative entrepreneurs or arts organizations in Miami-Dade county. VLA is a joint project of the Arts & Business Council of Miami and the Dade County Bar Association Put Something Back project. Legal assistance is available for such matters as contracts, copyrights, trademarks, incorporation, estates/wills, and constitutional rights/First Amendment issues and more. We can not accept phone call inquiries. If you need more information please email jean@artsbizmiami.org


Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Miami serves:

  • Non-profit 501c3 arts organizations or those applying for designation.
  • Artists or creative entrepreneurs that meet financial eligibility.
    Client’s income may not exceed 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Visit https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines
  • In addition:

  • Have an arts-related legal matter or concern
  • Be based in Miami Dade with an official Miami Dade address

Application Process:

  • Complete online application by clicking apply
  • Individuals email your IRS tax form to jean@artsbizmiami.org
  • Non-profits email this year’s IRS 990 to jean@artsbizmiami.org
  • Put Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts on subject line of email correspondence

Upon receiving your completed application and determining that your legal matter is arts-related, the VLA program coordinator will submit it to an intake attorney for review. You will then be referred to a program attorney who specializes in the area of law applicable to your legal matter. Please note that the process of assigning an appropriate attorney may take 6 to 10 weeks. We can not guarantee that we will find you a pro-bono attorney.

If we can not match you in 90 days we will send you disengagement letter so you can pursue other resources



Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts provides a great opportunity for attorneys to share your expertise and empower the creative ecosystem in South Florida.

VLA Attorneys:

  • Provide consultations and advice at legal clinics for creatives

Are matched with artists and creatives for pro bono cases. Attorneys that specialize in Contracts, Copyright, Trademark, Licensing, Incorporation, and Estates/wills are in high demand.


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