January 01, 2012

Pro Bono in the Arts Community

David Valentine-Elam

I am a photographer. That may not be what it says on my business card, but it is true; I was a photographer long before I became a lawyer, and (technology permitting) I will continue to be a photographer long after I retire from the law. For me, pro bono service is about serving one’s community, and my community has always been the arts community, so my service starts there.

To that end I have had the remarkable pleasure of working with art professors, radio stations, independent photographers, painters, authors, performers, designers, musicians, gallery owners, and more. The work is varied, interesting, and intensely rewarding. And in spite of the “pro bono” label, I have come to find my office well adorned with a variety of artistic works.

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