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Executive Director

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Kate Wagner is the Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA), which provides legal and education services to the New York arts community. She is responsible for developing VLA’s legal services, education, and advocacy programming, and facilitating pro bono legal representation for hundreds of artists and arts and cultural organizations in need each year.

Prior to joining VLA, Ms. Wagner was Vice President and Counsel for the National Music Publishers’ Association, the leading trade organization representing the interests of music publishers in the United States. Ms. Wagner served as a legal advisor for the litigation and policy initiatives of the association. She also focused on NMPA’s overall litigation efforts and related licensing offerings.

Ms. Wagner began her legal career in private practice, specializing in intellectual property and complex business transaction proceedings. She received her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from Tulane University Law School, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law.

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