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WALA “Artists in the Reframed Space” Legal Education Series

April 8, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Attend the WALA “Artists in the Reframed Space” Legal Education Series @ Artomatic in Crystal City. This year’s theme is “Artists in the Reframed Space” to look at relevant historical legal issues for artists in the reframed context of the present.

Saturday 4/8
Title: WALA Walk-in Clinic
Synopsis: Have a legal question? Talk to a lawyer during a 20-minute question and answer session with one of WALA’s volunteer Attorneys. Arrive early to sign up for a time slot!

Saturday 4/15
Title: Artomatic@YourCommunity
Speaker: Laura Possessky
Synopsis: Learn about what is involved in licensing to organize an Artomatic festival in your local community.

Saturday 4/22
Title: Latest in Copyright & Visual Arts – VARA, Fair Use
Speakers: Alyssa Reiner, Clinton Leite, more panelists TBD
Synopsis: Hot topics in copyright law, to include the Visual Artists Rights Act and what it aims to do, fair use, and recent trends and cases as applied to different media.

Thursday 4/27
Title: Shared Spaces & Entity Formation
Speakers: Hardeep Grover, more panelists TBD
Synopsis: This panel will discuss legal issues for artists in shared spaces, relevant contracts, how to join one, rights ownership, and business entity formation for how to form a shared space.

Saturday 4/29
Title: State of the Arts
Speakers: Jonathan Katz, more panelists TBD
Synopsis: This panel will discuss overall strategy for increasing the public perception of the value of the arts and what kinds of persuasion have the best chance of working now with decision makers. Historical examples will be presented to provide context.

About WALA: Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts began in 1983 as a unique collaboration of lawyers and artists to fulfill a mission to serve artists in need of legal knowledge and assistance. Since then, WALA has supported artistic expression and creative innovation serving the legal needs of the arts and cultural communities in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

WALA is a501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides access to education, advocacy and legal services through workshops and seminars, legal clinics and pro-bono referral services for creatives and cultural organizations.

More than 350 of Washington’s top lawyers and law firms participate as volunteers in WALA’s legal services programs.

WALA Speaker Bios:

Alyssa Reiner, Assistant General Counsel, AOL Inc.

Alyssa Reiner is an Assistant General Counsel with AOL Inc., specializing in technology and content development, licensing, and distribution.  Alyssa supports AOL’s media properties such as The Huffington Post TechCrunch, Moviefone, aol.com, and various mobile applications.

Prior to joining AOL, Alyssa was a Senior Attorney at the Smithsonian Institution, where her practice focused on copyright transactional work related to the creation, acquisition, and distribution of creative content.  She worked with museum clients on matters such as the commissioning of artworks, the development of virtual exhibits, and the production of musical recordings.

Alyssa received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and her B.A. from Cornell University.

Jonathan Katz, Ph.D., draws upon his experience as a successful association executive, cultural policy leader, teacher, consultant, speaker and writer to help organizations and individuals realize their aspirations more effectively. At home in local, state, national and international settings, he keynotes and conducts workshops at forums on cultural issues and trends, and consults extensively on strategic planning, cultural policy development, advocacy, leadership development and financial planning for nonprofits.

His distinguished career includes service as CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) from 1985 through 2014, guiding that network of 56 government agencies through three major recessions, shifting state and federal political philosophies, cultural controversies and the digital revolution as they grew to manage more than $400 million annually and as Congress doubled their percentage of the program budget of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) from 20% to 40%.  Domestically, he is particularly proud of the roles he played in co-founding the Arts Education Partnership, established by the U.S. Department of Education and the NEA as the nation’s forum for the advancement of learning in the arts; co-founding the Cultural Advocacy Group, the coalition of national associations that each year decides upon and communicates to Congress and the executive branch a united legislative agenda for the federal cultural agencies; and partnering the state arts agencies with the Poetry Foundation and the NEA to establish Poetry Out Loud, the project that now engages 365,000 high school students annually in a national poetry recitation competition. He recently received the inaugural Distinguished Achievement Award, the recognition for career accomplishment from the primary arts advocacy organization in the United States, Americans for the Arts, for whom he writes and consults as Senior Professional Fellow. This small portion of his bio hints at his active career in the arts.

Hardeep Grover is an attorney with Tresquire, a solo practice where he focuses on helping start-ups and small businesses navigate legal hurdles.  Hardeep began his practice immersed in the start-up culture of San Francisco, and developed his expertise as counsel to restaurants, theater, and film production companies in New York. Having returned to his hometown of Washington, DC, Hardeep now works with creative entrepreneurs in the technology, entertainment, and food & beverage industries. Barred in CA, NY and DC, he works with clients in all three jurisdictions, striving to help people bring their visions to fruition.

In addition to his role on the education committee of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, Hardeep is also President-Elect of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, DC.

Hardeep received his BA in Economics from George Mason University, and his JD from The George Washington University Law School.  In his spare time he enjoys playing with wild yeast fermentation, and he dreams of one day owning a Rotovap and a cheese cave.

Laura Possessky is a Senior Business Affairs Attorney with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Prior to her current position, Laura was a partner of Gura & Possessky, PLLC, where she represented creative entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations on a range of legal matters relating to content development and project management. During her two terms as Board President of Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts she developed and implemented programs on legal aspects of the creative economy and continues to be actively engaged in advocacy for creative entrepreneurship with the Center for the Creative Economy. At present, she is Board Chair of Docs In Progress, a nonprofit supporting documentary filmmakers and a member of the Women in Film & Video Advisory Board. She is currently producing a digital documentary project about the Women’s Bar Association, reflecting on a century of women in the legal profession. She may be reached at laura@dcbarista.com or @DCBarista.


April 8, 2017
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Workshop 1 (6th Floor)