Arts Sector Legal Resources

Arts Wisconsin, as the state’s arts service, advocacy and development organization, provides legal information, partnerships and connections for Wisconsin artists, performers, nonprofit and for-profit businesses, and other creative entrepreneurs.   Arts Wisconsin is often listed in legal directories as the state’s VLA (usually without our knowledge). Although Wisconsin does not have a separate and independent statewide Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts organization, Arts Wisconsin strives to assist people, organizations, businesses and communities

Arts Wisconsin partners with the State Bar of Wisconsin’ Pro Bono program to seek pro bono legal assistance.  We make every effort to find representation, although the State Bar doesn’t guarantee assistance. To apply for this program, send an email to with the following info:

  • the kind of assistance you are seeking (up to three descriptive paragraphs) with relevant background info
  • name and contact info (address, phone, email).

Below are additional resources to address legal issues.

Statewide assistance:

Milwaukee area legal resources:  

Madison area:  click here for Madison area low cost legal assistance info.


info updated July 2021