Legal Clinic For Artists
Description: Are you an artist with a legal question? Get pro bono (yes that means free!) one-on-one legal consultation with a lawyer. Artists, artisans and cultural workers of all disciplines are invited to participate!
Entertainment Law • Intellectual Property • Copyright Issues • Trademark Protection • Contract Negotiation + Drafting • Corporate Law + Organization (For-Profit + Nonprofit) • Administrative Law • Real Estate • Trusts • Wills • Estates • Employment Law • Injury (such as obligations/liability for injury) • Dispute Resolution • Privacy • Defamation
Registration: In order for us to match you with a lawyer, you will need to submit a Request for Consultation outlining your legal query. This will allow us to identify and connect you with a lawyer practicing in the appropriate area of law. If the lawyer believes your query is a good fit and agrees to offer consultation, this will also provide them with an opportunity to consider your question in advance of meeting with you.
If we are successful in finding a match we will book you for a half hour slot to meet one-on-one with a lawyer (1:30PM /2PM/2:30PM/3PM/3:30PM/4PM/4:30PM).
Please email your Request for Consultation to bryhanna(at)businessandartsnl.com. Space is limited.
If accessibility is an issue please let us know in advance as we will need to arrange for an alternate meeting space within the building.
Olga McWilliam Benson, Benson Buffett
A graduate of Dalhousie Law School, Olga McWilliam Benson practices with Benson Buffett PLC, with a major focus on personal injury litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she carried on a general practice in a small firm environment where she gained significant experience in employment law, general corporate matters, real estate and Estate matters. Olga regularly appears in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, both Trial Division and the Court of Appeal. She has also appeared in the Federal Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, and the Tax Court of Canada.
Outside of her law practice, Olga served for many years as Vice-President of the Provincial Board of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and was President of the NL SPCA Foundation, the major fundraising arm. She remains passionate about animal welfare. Olga also volunteered with Easter Seals on its Mermaids in the City campaign and was chairperson of the gala finale. Currently, Olga sits on the organizing committee for the first St. John’s International Circus Festival presented by Wonderbolt Circus.
Kirsten Morry, Benson Buffett
Kirsten Morry is an associate lawyer with Benson Buffett. Kirsten enjoys the intellectual challenge of solving legal problems and keeping clients up-to-date in a changing legal landscape. She is particularly interested in the law of real property, trusts, wills and estates, and administrative law.
A graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, she holds a dual degree in common law and civil law. At McGill, she was awarded the Barreau du Québec Prix de la justice participative for the highest mark in a course on alternative dispute resolution. In 2015, she won the national prize, along with the prize designated for a Newfoundland and Labrador student, in an essay contest marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Kirsten holds a B.A. (Hons.) in History from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Kirsten speaks French and sings in the Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. She is a Commissioner of the St. John’s Transportation Commission.
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.
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.
Business and Arts NL would like to acknowledge the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, Olga McWilliam Benson, Kirsten Morry, Katie Paterno and Lindsey Wareham for their generous support, without which this session would be not be possible.
A big thank you to our business community, individuals, and community partners for contributing time and services in support of local arts.
Business and 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!