Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts


Our Story


Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

In 1988, a small group of lawyers and artists formed a non-profit called Northwest Lawyers and Artists (NWLA), and set out to learn all we could to support local artists and help them nurture their creative endeavors and business pursuits.

Over the years, NWLA has delivered countless hours of free legal services to artists and arts organizations within our community. From NWLA, we have grown to become Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, OVLA, offering a variety of workshops and conferences. We teach, we listen, we support.

Our rewards are many. When a band plays, when a book is published, when a gallery is opened, we feel a sense of pride in having helped, in some small way, our friends in the arts community.

Click here to see what we accomplished over the past year.


OVLA Executive Director: Howie Bierbaum

OVLA Board of Directors

President – Lydia Loren
Past President – Kohel Haver
Vice President – Sean Clancy
Treasurer – Anne Koch

Members of the Board:
Jia Feng
Sean Clancy
Michael Davidson
Bart Day
Stefan Feuerherdt
Leigh Gill
Kohel Haver
Anne Koch
Lydia Loren
Jim Pallas
David Poulshock
Amy Richter
Bryan Wasetis
Pollyanne Birge