Janet Fries, Senior Counsel at the law firm of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and WSG Advisory Board Member, has practical answers for artists at all stages of their careers. Fries has been on the Board of Directors of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) since 2004, so her concern for local artists is especially important to her. Fries is an expert in issues involving contract negotiation and preparation, website review, copyright and trademark protection, and enforcement. This program will address topics generally, so it should not be thought of as a replacement for actual legal counsel for ongoing issues. Attendees should come away with a better understanding about what the law allows in order to protect themselves and their creative property.