The Rise of the Canadian Art Law Clinic

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For a long time, the Clinique Juridique des Artistes de Montreal provides free legal information to the artistic community, so that they have access to the kind of legal help that is often outside of their financial reach. Founded in 2008 by counsel Keith Serry, a fellow McGill Law grad, the organization has flourished over the last five years, eventually bringing on co-Director Olivier Plessis and handfuls of other Montreal lawyers. Since then, similar organizations have begun to pop up, including the 2011 founding of Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa by April Britski,┬áRachelle Laforge, and Yael Wexler.

The application of the law to artists and culture can often create insurpassable obstacles for those living on an artist’s salary. This also includes how strongly artists can enforce the contracts they’ve signed that are supposed to provide them with the royalties upon which they live. The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law undergraduate program has a similar clinic, the Artists’ Legal Advice Services, focusing on entertainment law.

To read more about the organizations or get involved, you can visit them here: http://cjam.info/en/

here: http://www.artslawottawa.ca/

or here: http://www.law.utoronto.ca/student-life/student-clubs-and-events/artists-legal-advice-services

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