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Upcoming Clinics, Workshops & Special Events


MEET NPR's ARI SHAPIRO!
Nov
16
9:15 PM21:15

MEET NPR's ARI SHAPIRO!


"All Things Considered" host Ari Shapiro is coming to town November 16-18 with his new one man show with music, "Homeward".

Join OVLA for a special opening night party with Ari Thursday, November 16 at 9:15 pm at the Klarquist Law Firm, 1 World Trade Center. Beer! Wine! Music! Tasty nibbles! Ari!

Net proceeds benefit OVLA. Tickets on sale HERE

A special thank you to Klarquist for the use of their space!

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Music Law 101
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Music Law 101

A must for musicians and songwriters, this workshop aims to provide an overview of the legal aspects of the music industry. Topics will include copyright essentials for musicians, a look at music publishing and Performing Rights Organizations (PROs), music licensing, understanding recording and publishing contracts, and music clearances for the use of music in film, TV, digital projects, and more.

This workshop will be led by attorneys Bart Day and James Ball.

Register HERE

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November Legal Clinic
Nov
10
9:00 AM09:00

November Legal Clinic

Scheduled monthly 50-minute legal clinic sessions with volunteer attorneys who specialize in arts and entertainment. Our volunteer attorneys can answer your questions about contracts, cease and desist letters, copyright, trademark, and other issues.

To be eligible for a clinic session, individual artists must have an annual income of less than $40,000. Non-profit creative organizations must have an annual budget of less than $100,000. Applicants must be an Oregon resident or an organization incorporated in Oregon.

Register by October 27 HERE

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October Legal Clinic
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

October Legal Clinic

Scheduled monthly 50-minute legal clinic sessions with volunteer attorneys who specialize in arts and entertainment. Our volunteer attorneys can answer your questions about contracts, cease and desist letters, copyright, trademark, and other issues.

To be eligible for a clinic session, individual artists must have an annual income of less than $40,000. Non-profit creative organizations must have an annual budget of less than $100,000. Applicants must be an Oregon resident or an organization incorporated in Oregon.

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SECOND MONDAY WORKSHOP: ESTATE PLANNING 101 FOR CREATIVES
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

SECOND MONDAY WORKSHOP: ESTATE PLANNING 101 FOR CREATIVES

Wills, Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, beneficiary designations, and Health Directives are the core components of any estate plan, regardless of an individual’s wealth. Without these in place, you may be foregoing control over assets, end-of-life medical decisions, and what becomes of your artistic legacy.

In this workshop, OVLA will provide an overview of estate planning concepts, the documents involved and what they accomplish, and will touch on considerations unique to artists that must be addressed in their estate planning.

Additional topics will include:

Who controls your health care and financial decisions if you become incapacitated?

What happens if you die without a will?

What is probate?

Will an estate tax be owed upon your death?

The workshop is led by attorneys Anne Koch & Michele Buck Romero of Wyse Kadish LLP

Register HERE

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September Legal Clinic
Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

September Legal Clinic

Scheduled monthly 50-minute legal clinic sessions with volunteer attorneys who specialize in arts and entertainment. Our volunteer attorneys can answer your questions about contracts, cease and desist letters, copyright, trademark, and other issues.

Applications due by Sept 1 at 5pm for consideration.

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SECOND MONDAY WORKSHOP: COPYRIGHT FOR CREATIVES
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

SECOND MONDAY WORKSHOP: COPYRIGHT FOR CREATIVES

This workshop provides valuable information on the fundamentals of basic copyright protection, including copyright ability of works, ownership (initial ownership; transfers; works-for-hire), registration, infringement and remedies, and fair use. Through this workshop you will gain a basic understanding of copyright law and learn how to protect your work. The workshop will be led by attorneys Lydia Loren and Kohel Haver. Cost is $15. Location: IPRC, 1305 SE MLK Jr Blvd, Portland, 97214.

Register HERE

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August Legal Clinic
Aug
18
9:00 AM09:00

August Legal Clinic

Scheduled monthly 50-minute legal clinic sessions with volunteer attorneys who specialize in arts and entertainment. Our volunteer attorneys can answer your questions about contracts, cease and desist letters, copyright, trademark, and other issues.

Applications due by Aug 4 at 5pm for consideration.

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July Legal Clinic
Jul
21
9:00 AM09:00

July Legal Clinic

Scheduled monthly 50-minute legal clinic sessions with volunteer attorneys who specialize in arts and entertainment. Our volunteer attorneys can answer your questions about contracts, cease and desist letters, copyright, trademark, and other issues.

Applications due by June 9th at 5pm for consideration.

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June Legal Clinic
Jun
23
9:00 AM09:00

June Legal Clinic

Scheduled monthly 50-minute legal clinic sessions with volunteer attorneys who specialize in arts and entertainment. Our volunteer attorneys can answer your questions about contracts, cease and desist letters, copyright, trademark, and other issues.

Applications due by June 9th at 5pm for consideration.

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SECOND MONDAY WORKSHOP: Negotiation Skills & Strategies for Artists and Performers
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

SECOND MONDAY WORKSHOP: Negotiation Skills & Strategies for Artists and Performers

This workshop covers principals and tactics underlying one of the most important, though misunderstood components of a successful arts/entertainment career — negotiations (the process of securing favorable business terms).Concepts covered include: focusing expectations, undertaking advance preparations, cultivating effective skills and tactics, recognizing and avoiding common errors and impasses.

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May Legal Clinic
May
12
9:00 AM09:00

May Legal Clinic

Scheduled monthly 50-minute legal clinic sessions with volunteer attorneys who specialize in arts and entertainment. Our volunteer attorneys can answer your questions about contracts, cease and desist letters, copyright, trademark, and other issues.

**APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY APRIL 28th AT 5pm FOR CONSIDERATION

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SECOND MONDAY WORKSHOP: Contract Basics for Artists
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

SECOND MONDAY WORKSHOP: Contract Basics for Artists

This workshop will walk you through the most important clauses necessary to any contract, how to achieve a "meeting of the minds", and how to protect yourself from contract litigation. Whether you're an artist, a non-profit administrator, or an independent contractor, this workshop will teach you how to craft successful contracts and how to avoid common pitfalls. 

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Let’s Talk About Butts: A Conversation on Copying
Apr
28
12:00 PM12:00

Let’s Talk About Butts: A Conversation on Copying

  • Design Week Portland, Pearl West conference room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cost: FREE

OVLA and Design Week Portland present  a panel discussion with artist and illustrator Sabrina Elliott about different types of copying and infringement, including fan art, memes, and outright stealing. Sabrina will share stories about her experiences with being copied and how she approached it, and our panelist attorneys Susan Ford and Jia Feng will talk about options and tools that you can use to help you in these situations. We’ll also show some great art in the process.

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