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Shared Space and Business Creation: An Artists in the Reframed Space Series Program by WALA

April 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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.

Speakers: Hardeep Grover and Laura Possessky

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.

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.

Other Series Events:

Saturday 4/29
Title: State of the Arts
Speakers: Jonathan Katz and Jay Dick
Synopsis: An interactive lecture and discussion about strategies for increasing the public perception of the value of the arts and what kinds of persuasion have the best chance of working with decision makers. Historical efforts will provide context for challenges in today’s environment. Attendees will learn from national experts how to use information and how to create an action agenda for effective advocacy.

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.



April 27, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Workshop 3 (3rd Floor)