Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Upcoming Workshops

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Contract & Negotiation Best Practice

What is a contract? What does it do? How long should it be? Do I need an attorney to negotiate for me? A contract provides legal protection for you and your creative business. Effective negotiation means a win-win for all parties to the contract. In this educational presentation, art lawyers will explain best practices of contract and negotiation: what they are, why you need them, and how you can be proactive in protecting yourself and your creative work.

December 8, 2022 from 4:00 - 5:30pm

Virtual workshop hosted by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut

Registration is now open at this LINK

Meet Your Faculty:

Tarek Chatila, Esq. |  Associate, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP

Tarek Chatila is a corporate associate at Finn Dixon & Herling LLP and focuses his practice on mergers and acquisition, private equity, venture capital, and general corporate representation. Tarek is also an International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Certified Information Privacy Professional, United States (CIPP/US). Tarek received his J.D., with Honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law where he also received a Transactional Practice Certificate and served as the President of the Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law Society. 

Lucy Isaev, Esq. |  Associate, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP

Lucy Isaev is an associate in the Debt Financing Group at Finn Dixon & Herling, a law firm in Stamford, CT. Lucy received her J.D. from Fordham University School of law, where she served as an Associate Editor of the Fordham International Law Journal and was a research assistant for The Emily C. John E. Hansen IP Institute. She received her B.A. in English from Cornell University.  Prior to law school, she worked for a decade at several international galleries and auction houses.

Luke Blackadar, Esq. | Deputy Director, Arts & Bus. Council of Greater Boston

Luke manages A&BC’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. As an attorney, he advises independent artists and art nonprofits of all disciplines on creative business issues like copyright, trademark, contract, legal entities, and nonprofit corporate governance. In addition to his role at A&BC, Luke teaches Contract Drafting at Roger Williams University School of Law, and Legal Issues in Administration at Boston University Metropolitan College. Luke’s a graduate of Clark University and Northeastern University School of Law.

Yen Nguyen, Esq. | Art Law Fellow, Arts & Bus. Council of Greater Boston

Yen focuses on supporting and assisting with the expansion of legal services and the delivery of all legal programming provided by the Arts & Business Council, specifically its Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts programs. Yen teaches Contract Drafting at New England Law Boston.

Employment Law 101: Creative Worker's Rights

Employment 101: Am I an employee or an independent contractor? What is a non-competition agreement? Do I own creative assets I make in the course of my work? Employment law governs the relationships between employers and workers. In this educational presentation, arts and employment lawyers will explain best practices around common issues in creative workplaces, and how you can protect your rights as a creative worker.

January 25, 2023 from 6:00 - 7:30pm

Virtual workshop hosted by the Greater Hartford Arts Council

Registration is now open at this LINK

Meet Your Faculty:

Jonathan Sterling, Esq. | Shareholder, Carlton Fields, P.A. P.C.

Jon focuses his practice on employment law litigation and counseling.  Jon defends employers in cases involving wrongful discharge, discrimination, unpaid wages, harassment, freedom of expression, workers' compensation retaliation, and common law claims. Jon also provides proactive advice to help employers stay compliant with employment laws and avoid litigation. For example, he assists employers with practical matters, including reviewing and drafting employee handbooks, employment agreements, noncompete agreements, and arbitration agreements, and advises them on a variety of issues, such as terminations, investigations, reductions in force, and wage and hour issues.  Jon’s a graduate of Colby College and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Luke Blackadar, Esq. | Deputy Director, Arts & Bus. Council of Greater Boston

Luke manages A&BC’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. As an attorney, he advises independent artists and art nonprofits of all disciplines on creative business issues like copyright, trademark, contract, legal entities, and nonprofit corporate governance. In addition to his role at A&BC, Luke teaches Contract Drafting at Roger Williams University School of Law, and Legal Issues in Administration at Boston University Metropolitan College. Luke’s a graduate of Clark University and Northeastern University School of Law.

Yen Nguyen, Esq. | Art Law Fellow, Arts & Bus. Council of Greater Boston

Yen focuses on supporting and assisting with the expansion of legal services and the delivery of all legal programming provided by the Arts & Business Council, specifically its Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts programs. Yen teaches Contract Drafting at New England Law Boston.

Employment Law 102: Hiring a Creative Workforce - Save the Date

Employment 102: What should I know about hiring and retaining employees? What should I do if my workers have a complaint? Should I allow my workers to moonlight? Employment law governs the relationships between employers and workers. In this educational presentation, arts and employment lawyers will discuss essential employment law concepts for employers, and discuss best practices for hiring creative professionals and fostering a fair and productive work environment.

February 8, 2023 from11:00am - 12:30pm

Virtual workshop hosted by the City of New Haven & the Arts Council of Greater New Haven

Registration: pending

Meet Your Faculty:

Jonathan Sterling, Esq. | Shareholder, Carlton Fields, P.A. P.C.

Jon focuses his practice on employment law litigation and counseling.  Jon defends employers in cases involving wrongful discharge, discrimination, unpaid wages, harassment, freedom of expression, workers' compensation retaliation, and common law claims. Jon also provides proactive advice to help employers stay compliant with employment laws and avoid litigation. For example, he assists employers with practical matters, including reviewing and drafting employee handbooks, employment agreements, noncompete agreements, and arbitration agreements, and advises them on a variety of issues, such as terminations, investigations, reductions in force, and wage and hour issues.  Jon’s a graduate of Colby College and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Luke Blackadar, Esq. | Deputy Director, Arts & Bus. Council of Greater Boston

Luke manages A&BC’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. As an attorney, he advises independent artists and art nonprofits of all disciplines on creative business issues like copyright, trademark, contract, legal entities, and nonprofit corporate governance. In addition to his role at A&BC, Luke teaches Contract Drafting at Roger Williams University School of Law, and Legal Issues in Administration at Boston University Metropolitan College. Luke’s a graduate of Clark University and Northeastern University School of Law.

Yen Nguyen, Esq. | Art Law Fellow, Arts & Bus. Council of Greater Boston

Yen focuses on supporting and assisting with the expansion of legal services and the delivery of all legal programming provided by the Arts & Business Council, specifically its Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts programs. Yen teaches Contract Drafting at New England Law Boston.

Planning Your Artistic Legacy - Save the Date

Is it too early or too late to start planning for my legacy? What are the general benefits of estate planning? What is the estate planning process? Legacy planning gives you control over the final distribution of your assets. In this educational presentation, arts and estate planning lawyers will discuss essential estate planning law concepts for creative professionals, and discuss best practices for giving your creative work, your name, and your reputation continued life after your passing.

March 15, 2023 at 6:00pm

Virtual workshop hosted by Five Points Arts and the Northwest CT Arts Council

Registration: pending

Advanced Legal Topic: Film - TBD

How do I protect my idea for a film? What do I need to get in writing when working with a production company? What are my rights in my movie? It can take a village to make a film (or television production, or music video, or any audiovisual work). Video production is a technical craft that combines dozens of artistic disciplines. In this presentation, art and entertainment lawyers will introduce legal issues that uniquely impact film, TV, and AV creators.

April 2023

Date & Location: TBD

In person workshop with virtual viewing available. In partnership with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County

Registration: pending

Meet Your Faculty:

Greg Kanaan, Esq. | Managing Attorney, The [Legal] Artist, PLLC

Greg Kanaan is a Connecticut-based attorney who focuses on intellectual property, business law, and contract issues for artists, filmmakers, and creative entrepreneurs. On top of providing legal services and counsel to a wide variety of creative people, Greg regularly speak at colleges, non-profit arts organizations and professional associations about how the law affects their artistic endeavors. Greg routinely presents on topics such as contract formation, negotiation, fair use, copyright and trademark, and business-related issues. Greg is the founder of the blog “The [Legal] Artist” and contributed a monthly column to MovieMaker Magazine titled “Cinema Law.” Before earning his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Greg received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a television producer for seven years, producing documentary programming for such networks as Discovery Channel, TLC, Court TV and A&E. Greg is currently licensed to practice law in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts.