Business & Arts NL


Legal Clinic For Artists

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Time: 1:30PM to 4:45PM
Location: Neal Building, Fourth Floor, 50 Harbour Drive
Price: Free

Registration: Sign up in advance, and we will book you for a half hour time slot to meet one-on-one with a lawyer. Please email bryhanna(at) Space is limited.

Description: Have an arts-related legal question? Get free legal help!
Artists of all disciplines, as well as cultural managers of arts organizations are invited to attend the pro bono (yes, that means free!) Legal Clinic.

Sign up for a 30-minute appointment with a volunteer lawyer to receive advice on whether you’re getting ​a good deal o​n your songwriting contract, how to register your copyright on that painting you created, the legal implications of producing or exhibiting work in unconventional places, ​and much more! Our volunteer attorneys will answer questions about intellectual property (including copyrights, trademarks, and licensing), arts and entertainment law issues​, and more​.

How to submit a Request for consultation with a lawyer:

In order for us to make the best matches possible, artists will need to submit a Request detailing the matter you wish to receive consultation on.
Once we receive this information, your Request will be posed to a lawyer that offers expertise in that particular area of law, and they will determine whether they will accept the meeting. When writing the Request, please imagine your audience is the lawyer you are hoping to engage.
Once a match has been made, we will work together with you to line up a time slot that compliments your schedule on that day.

Please email your Request for consultation to bryhanna(at)

Are you an attorney​ interested in volunteering? We’re seeking volunteer attorneys who can answer questions about intellectual property, art and entertainment law issues, contract law and more.

Clients are booked for 30-minute appointments that will be scheduled at ​1:30PM, 2:10PM, 2:40PM, 3:10PM, 3:40PM, 4:10PM. If you’d like to volunteer for one or more of these times, please email bryhanna(at)

Business and Arts NL is grateful to the following members of the legal community who are dedicating their time and services in support of local arts. (Check back for additions and updates.)

Susan Norman, Stewart McKelvey
Susan is a partner in the St. John’s office of Stewart McKelvey. Her practice is a blend of corporate/commercial work (including assisting with financings, business sales and tax planned corporate restructuring), commercial real estate/leasing work, intellectual property work and resource related work. Susan has significant experience in the areas of intellectual property law and is a registered trademark agent.

Katie Paterno, McInnes Cooper
Katie is an associate with McInnes Cooper in St. John’s, NL, with a practice focused primarily on entertainment law, intellectual property, dispute resolution, and privacy and defamation. Katie’s own passion for the arts inspired her to develop a practice focused on providing creative, flexible legal solutions to address the unique needs of artists.

Katie obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of New Brunswick, where she was involved with various groups within the faculty, including Student Council, Social Committee, Curriculum Committee, and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She participated in the UNB Mock NHL Salary Arbitration in 2015, and as an arbitrator in 2016. She was also an active volunteer with the UNB Student Accessibility Centre.

Prior to moving back to her hometown, St. John’s, Katie practiced law in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She continues to be involved in the artistic community in New Brunswick and sits on the Board of Directors for the Organization for the Development of Artists (Connexion). Katie is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador, the Law Society of New Brunswick, and l’Association des Juristes d’Expression Française du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Megan Sheppard, Benson Buffett
Megan Sheppard is an Associate Lawyer with Benson Buffett. Her primary areas of practice include civil litigation and commercial law. Megan has experience representing clients on a broad range of litigation matters, particularly in the insurance and natural resource sectors, and has appeared before all levels of Court in Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to joining Benson Buffett, Megan served in an advisory role to a Minister in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Megan was admitted to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 2015. She is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Law and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Memorial University.

Lindsey Wareham, Cox & Palmer
Lindsey Wareham is a lawyer practicing with Cox & Palmer in St. John’s. She has a wide-ranging practice with a particular focus on working with both new and established for-profit and not-for-profit corporations as well as social enterprises. Lindsey is also interested in creating a practice that responds to the needs of local artists and arts organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador. Whether it is contract negotiation and drafting, corporate organization, copyright issues or trademark protection, Lindsey offers practical information and guidance. Prior to practicing law, Lindsey was practicing piano and received a bachelor of music (honours) from Memorial University, specializing in classical piano performance.


In addition, this will be an opportunity for you to see first hand what’s going on in the Neal Building. A Demonstration Research project is currently underway via the Common Ground Study Group. Business and Arts NL has partnered with this group to create the Pop Up Arts Space project which has connected over three dozen arts groups and arts organizations with in-kind production, event, and meeting space. The vision for this project extends beyond the Neal Building and into the collection of formerly Fortis owned properties on Water Street. Site tours will be available throughout the afternoon.

A big thank you to our business community and community partners for contributing time and services in support of local arts. 

Business & Arts NL would like to acknowledge the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, and the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. Thank you for your support!

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