LCE works with creatives and volunteer attorneys to handle a variety of issues, including, but not limited to:

  • Contracts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Lease agreements
  • Bankruptcy
  • Real Estate/Landlord Tenant
  • Insurance
  • Tax
  • Labor Relations
  • …and more!

LCE also provides professional development seminars across the state for artists and other creative practitioners to help them develop essential knowledge about creativity-related areas of law such as copyright, trademark, patent, licensing and contracts.

SIGN UP!  If you would like to be added to our mailing list for information on upcoming events and seminars, email

LCE was developed by Creative Many Michigan with support from the Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports (ACES) section of the State Bar of Michigan; Clark Hill, PLC; Miller Canfield; the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3); the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation; the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Michigan-based artists of all disciplines, creative practitioners, businesses/startups and nonprofit organizations with a creativity-related legal issue may be eligible for LCE legal assistance. Low-income individuals and small businesses and organizations may be eligible for pro bono services as determined by LCE. Qualifying applicants will not be charged for attorney’s fees. For applicants who do not qualify for pro bono services, a referral will be made to an attorney on a fee-bearing basis. Our attorneys are committed to assisting the creative community and may agree to a reduced fee arrangement.

Please note that LCE does not provide a list of attorneys for general referral, but will refer eligible cases to a volunteer attorney based on attorney availability and expertise. LCE will determine whether a matter is creativity-related and appropriate for referral.

LCE will do its best to place urgent matters as quickly as possible, but may be unable to provide urgent assistance due to the availability of our volunteer attorneys. While we make our best effort to find a volunteer attorney for every qualified and eligible applicant, LCE cannot guarantee that your case will be referred to a volunteer attorney as referrals are based on attorney availability, interest and expertise in your area of need.

If you are seeking legal services, please print and complete the appropriate application below and return it with the application fee to LCE by mail at:

Creative Many
Attn: Lawyers for the Creative Economy
440 Burroughs Street, Suite 365
Detroit, MI 48202

If you have any questions about the application or the attorney referral process, please contact us by e-mail at:

APPLICATION FEES: LCE requires payment of a one-time, non-refundable application fee in order to open a referral file.  The application fee for individual clients is $50.00 and the application fee for companies or organizations is $100.00.

Client Application (Individuals)

Client Application (Business Organization)


State Bar of Michigan pro bono services

State Bar of Michigan attorney referral services

The Copyright Crash Course

U.S. Copyright Office (The Library of Congress)

World Intellectual Property Organization

Creative Commons

Harvard Law School: Recording Artists Project

Indiana and Purdue Universities: Copyright Management Center

Stanford University Libraries: Copyright and Fair Use

Harvard University: Trademark Law Overview

International Trademark Association

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office