Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (PVLA)
Written by Kellie A. Hanna
Founded in 1978, PVLA offers legal assistance and basic business guidance to eligible low-income artists and non-profit groups. Cultural establishments can get assistance with incorporation and management.
This outstanding organization offers a variety of programs and a professional staff, including over 300 attorneys who have donated over $5 million in legal services to thousands of clients, and boasts national excellence among major volunteer services.
PVLA's primary focus is to improve the quality of life through the education and encouragement of artists and cultural institutions. It achieves this goal by offering creative educational programs, legal guides, and lectures for students, colleges, and arts enterprises.
The group also offers a wide range of extrmemely low-cost publications to supplement and support their endeavors and to act as guides for the interested individual or institution.
PVLA consists of volunteer board members (representing all aspects of the community), top lawyers, law students, and professionals from across the board who wish to contribute their time and skills for the sake of the arts.