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ArtServe Michigan Announces Katherine Peden as Director of Services for Lawyers for the Creative Economy

ArtServe Michigan, the state’s leading statewide nonprofit arts and cultural advocacy organization, has announced Katherine Peden as the new Director of LCE Services for the organization’s Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE) program. LCE is designed to deliver free to low-fee intellectual property and creativity-related legal resources and services to artists, creative practitioners, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

In this role, Peden administers and supports creative individuals and entities seeking legal services with the client intake process by identifying the existing legal issues and determining the appropriate legal support and resources needed. Peden also prepares Michigan attorneys to provide artists with basic intellectual property knowledge and resources to support and protect artists’ practices as part of the LCE program through periodic workshops, public lectures, orientations and forums.

Prior to joining ArtServe, Peden was an associate at Birch, Stewart, Kolasch and Birch, an intellectual property law firm in the Washington D.C. Metro Area. She advised clients in the areas of trademark, copyright and Internet law. While in D.C. she also held an internship with the registration department of The Phillips Collection where she worked on internal copyright policy.

Peden earned her juris doctorate, with concentrations in intellectual property and litigation, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York and her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Italian and International and Area Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. She is a resident of Troy, Mich.

Attorneys interested in offering legal services or creative individuals and creative entities interested in learning more about the LCE program and how to be connected with participating attorneys should visit www.ArtServeMichigan.org or email LCE@artservemichigan.org.

Legal services sought include, but are not limited to, support for copyrights, trademarking, patents, licensing and contracts for practicing artists, creative practititioners and independent entrpreneurs, entrepreneurial and start-up businesses, and/or nonprofit organizations in arts and culture, design, architecture, film/video, software, games and electronic publishing.

ArtServe Michigan is a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to cultivating the creative potential of Michigan’s arts and cultural sector and creative industries to enhance the public health and well-being of Michigan, its people and communities. ArtServe advocates for arts, culture, arts education and the power of the creative economy in Michigan; provides leadership and professional development for artists, creative practitioners, and arts and cultural organizations; and connects arts and cultural leaders and supporters through strategic communications. Contact ArtServe Michigan at 248-912-0760 or visit ArtServeMichigan.org.