Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts with Adam Holofcener, Esq.

CIRCA presents a talk by Adam Holofcener from the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Much to the chagrin of artists, there are legal implications to making creative work. This applies to amateurs and professionals alike in all mediums of expression. The minute that you put paint to canvas, or sine wave to hard drive, or light to celluloid, copyright gets involved. This can be a good thing because copyright strengthens your ability to protect and profit from your creative expressions. Similarly, whenever you collaborate with other artists, get a commission from a patron, or take on some independent contractor work, an oral or written contract is likely lurking around the corner. Contracts help humans figure out exactly what their wants, needs, and expectations are for any particular scenario. During this talk, we will cover introductory legal issues related to copyright and contracts, and we will discuss how these two areas of the law relate to your work as an artist.

Adam Holofcener, Esq. is the Executive Director of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal services and education to Maryland based artists and arts organizations.  In his legal practice, Adam counsels artists and musicians on matters of copyright, trademark, contract, business entity formation, constitutional law, and other issues.  He teaches a seminar on Art and Media Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  Adam is also a practicing musician and sound artist.  Information related to his creative endeavors can be found at  He is a dad who lives in Baltimore City, USA.

This is a free, catered event – good vegetarian options will be provided.

Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Baltimore Inner Harbor via the I-95. For this event, paid visitor parking is available in Lot 9, behind the Performing Arts and Humanities Building — please click here for additional information on location and daytime parking.

Start Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Start Time: 12:00 pm

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End Time: 1:00 pm

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Venue Name: Room 558, Fine Arts Building

Open Year Round: Open year-round

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