Free Legal Clinic for Austin Artists Presented by Law Students for the Arts

 

law students for the arts clinic Austin

Law Students for the Arts at the University of Texas School of Law (LSftA), with support from Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA), will offer a free legal clinic for low-income artists on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the offices of Greenberg Traurig L.L.P. at 300 West 6th Street, Suite 2050, Austin, Texas 78701.

Volunteer attorneys will provide free legal counseling on arts-related legal matters to low-income artists, musicians, and filmmakers. Attendees will be seen by appointment and can expect to receive up to thirty minutes of private legal counseling from an attorney covering topics like copyrights, trademarks, and arts-related contracts. Law students will assist attendees in completing intake paperwork and clarifying the legal issues for which they seek assistance. Legal issues not resolved at the clinic may be reviewed to determine if further pro bono legal counsel can be provided.

This is the sixth clinic provided through the collaboration between LSftA and TALA. LSftA is a sponsored student organization at The University of Texas School of Law whose purpose is to bring like-minded students together to support Austin-area artists, arts organizations, and pro bono legal referral service groups.

For an application or more information about attending the clinic or serving as a volunteer attorney, please e-mail your request to artslawclinic@gmail.com.

Tax Help

TALA no longer offers Individual 1040 and Non-Profit 990 Tax Filing Services for our members. Those needing assistance filing a 1040 should contact one of the following tax service organizations, just click on the city name below to get more info:
Amarillo
Austin
Beaumont
Corpus Christi
Dallas
El Paso
Houston
Lubbock
Midland
Odessa
San Antonio

The IRS offers free in-person federal tax filing too, but with restrictions. You must have an adjusted gross income below $51,000 to qualify. The tax preparation help is usually provided in IRS offices, libraries and colleges around the country. You can find a location at this link.

 

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CONFIRM YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR THESE SERVICES BEFOREHAND. EACH OF THESE SERVICES RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE FOR ANY REASON

Mission Statement

The Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) supports the cultural community in Texas by providing volunteer legal and accounting services, educational programs and publications to artists, nonprofit arts organizations and other art constituents.

TALA was formed in 1979 to meet the legal and accounting needs of artists and nonprofit organizations. Our services include lawyer and accountant pro bono assistance, dispute resolution services, educational programs for the artistic and business community, publications, and a resource library. Programs are designed to help artists apply legal and accounting concepts for their benefit. Your membership dollars provide for TALA's small staff, office facilities and insurance coverage necessary to coordinate and support TALA volunteers. TALA does not represent individuals or organizations before courts, arbitration panels, administrative proceedings, or other governmental bodies. TALA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts Moves to Austin

Move Heralds Revamped Operations, Closer to State Resources;  Statewide Mission to Assist Artists Continues

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA)—an organization that aims to help meet the legal and accounting needs of artists and arts-nonprofits—announces the transition of operations to a new headquarters in Austin. Professional legal services to TALA members will continue uninterrupted, and TALA will continue to provide educational programs and legal clinics in Houston, Dallas, and other parts of the state, as well as a pool of volunteer lawyers and accountants to assist qualifying artists and arts organizations throughout Texas.

The new headquarters in Austin is open as of October 1, 2013. No changes are anticipated to TALA’s email addresses or its toll-free number (800-526-8252).

The transition to Austin reflects the vision of former and current board members to ensure TALA keeps up with changes in the non-profit world, with an emphasis on technology, fundraising, volunteerism, and community outreach. “One immediate benefit of the move is the proximity to related statewide organizations also based in Austin,” says TALA Board President Blair Dancy.

The change in makeup of TALA’s new board also reflects this vision.

“One key aspect to this transition is tapping into additional resources,” says TALA Vice President Erik Metzger, in-house counsel for Intel Corporation, who splits time between California and Austin. “California Lawyers for the Arts has agreed to provide consulting services to TALA through this transition, using its own recently updated referral system as a model. That could make a huge difference in efficiencies.”

Board members include Jamie Baker (Thompson Coe), Geoffrey Brow (AT&T), Ashley Callahan (Norton Rose Fulbright & Jaworski), Rahul Engineer (Intel), Emilio Nicolas (Jackson Walker), Andrea Perez Affleck (Fears Nachawati), Brooks Rice (Law Offices of Brooks Rice), Elizabeth Rogers (Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts), and Jamie Schue (ERCOT). Blair Dancy (Van Osselaer & Buchanan) and Erik Metzger (Intel) complete the current board.

TALA’s pro bono legal and accounting services are offered to artists and arts non-profits in all creative disciplines, including visual arts, music, theater, dance, film, gaming, and writing.

Over 500 attorneys and accountants throughout the state of Texas volunteer their time each year assisting in routine legal and accounting matters that might otherwise remain unresolved and unrepresented.

 

 Disclaimer: This website is a public resource for information about our organization and is not intended to provide legal advice.