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Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

A Member Organization of the Pro Bono Center
Provides advice and representation to emerging and small arts organizations and low-income individual artists in the following areas:  incorporation, by-laws and 501(c) (3) status filings, entertainment contracts, immigration law, trademark, copyright and other intellectual property issues.

Public Contact:

Larry Castner
412-391-2060 x229
lcastner@pittsburghartscouncil.org
www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/learning/volunteer-lawyers-for-the-arts

Client eligibility:

Clients must fall within 250% of the federal poverty guidelines or be a 501(c)(3) organization.

Practice Areas: 

Entertainment
Non-Profit Corporations
Intellectual Property/Copyright
Real Estate

Type of service:

Provides advice and representation to emerging and small arts organizations and low-income individual artists in the following areas:  incorporation, by-laws and 501(c) (3) status filings, entertainment contracts, immigration law, trademark, copyright and other intellectual property issues.

Current needs:

Licensed attorneys (Note: some cases are outside of Allegheny County and would not qualify for the Allegheny County Bar Foundation’s malpractice insurance coverage.  Cases within Allegheny County would still qualify for malpractice insurance coverage.)

Time required:  Varies depending upon the type of case. 
Training:

No CLEs are offered through the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (“GPAC”), however, an overview session on GPAC is offered. 

How to volunteer:

Complete the application form on the website. www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/learning/volunteer-lawyers-for-the-arts
Upon successful application, volunteers will be placed on an email listserv.  Emails are sent monthly listing volunteer needs. 

Contact:

Larry Castner
412-391-2060 x229
lcastner@pittsburghartscouncil.org
www.pittsburghartscouncil.org/learning/volunteer-lawyers-for-the-arts