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Colorado Attorneys For The Arts

Our local quality of life, regional economic development and national reputation relies on a vibrant creative sector.  CAFTA is a pro bono legal referral service connecting limited-income artists and creative entities to volunteer attorneys.

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Who does CAFTA serve?
CAFTA serves individual artists, cultural nonprofits and creative businesses across Colorado. Our definition of “arts” and “creative” is open and inclusive. Clients may include filmmakers, musical groups, visual artists, photographers, actors/directors, craft artisans, writers, designers, creative entrepreneurs and nonprofit cultural organizations.  Clients must demonstrate financial need in order to be matched for free legal services.

Who are the volunteer attorneys?
CAFTA works to connect potential creative clients with volunteer attorneys in our database. CAFTA volunteer attorneys represent a wide range of practice areas and legal expertise. They hail from national firms with Colorado offices to general practitioners.  Registering as a CAFTA volunteer attorney is not a commitment to take on a particular matter or client.  It means you will be notified about pro bono opportunities and you can offer assistance based on your expertise, availability and interests.

What types of cases does CAFTA accept?
CAFTA’s volunteer attorneys provide pro bono legal services on specific, arts-related matters. CAFTA addresses the following general legal areas:

  • Corporate and general business
  • Intellectual property (copyright, trademark and licensing)
  • Contract drafting, review, and negotiation
  • Dispute resolution (mediation and negation)
  • Nonprofit formation and tax exemption
  • Employment and labor
  • Landlord/tenant

Legal referrals are only provided for matters related to your or your business’ work in the creative industries. For example, a CAFTA volunteer attorney can help with a landlord/tenant issue but only if it is related to a studio or business space (not a personal residence). Other examples of CAFTA cases include: performance contracts, photography licensing agreements or negotiations between artist and gallery.

CAFTA does not provide referral for some legal matters, such as traffic, criminal, divorce/domestic/family, or personal injury. For disputes and adversarial situations, CAFTA volunteer attorneys can assist with negotiation and settlement but are not expected to assist with litigation or arbitration.  CAFTA cannot guarantee a referral for pro bono legal referral.

Questions? Contact Meredith Badler, CBCA Program Manager at 720-428-6720 or mbadler@cbca.org.

 

Thank you to the CAFTA Advisory Committee

Dave Ratner, Creative Law Network (Committee Chair)
Cecily Cullen, Center for Visual Art at MSU Denver
Mark Davidson, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Lisa Gedgaudas, Create Denver at Denver Arts & Venues
Bob Keatinge, Holland & Hart LLP

 

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