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Case List
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Updated as of Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:22 PM


To request a case, please click the appropriate case number below to email Inbal Golany, Pro Bono Coordinator, at igolany@vlany.org.

Please remember that cases are sometimes unavailable as already on review by another attorney. The Case List marks these cases as "On Review." Occasionally, these cases may return to the list if not placed with the reviewing attorney, who has one week to accept or return the case. As many VLA cases are placed very quickly, we encourage you to include at least two cases in your case requests. 

Who We Serve
VLA serves low income artists and non-profit arts and cultural organizations in a wide range of artistic disciplines, including theater, dance, fashion, the visual arts, performance, music, journalism, crafts, textiles, film, design, and literature. Whether artists are looking to start a non-profit dance company, copyright their manuscript or produce an independent film, VLA is available to assist them. VLA meets the artist before a case can be listed on our case list to confirm that they meet VLA’s financial and substantive guidelines. Further explanation of our financial and substantive qualification guidelines is available upon your request.


Table of Contents

Contract
Contract/Copyright
Copyright
Corporate
Dispute/Litigation
Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation
Immigration
Non-Profit
Patent
Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant
Trademark


Contract - Back to Top

Film
14246 - On Review
Client, a photographer, shot a film for a cinematographer. Client seeks legal assistance negotiating compensation for her footage upon release of the film.

14221
Client, a film producer, seeks advice on appropriate SEC filings. Client has a private placement memorandum and subscription agreement which he needs reviewed.

Literary
14275 - On Review
Client, a nonprofit devoted to Yiddish literature, seeks an attorney to draft contributor, vendor and donor contract templates.

14127 - On Review
Client, a writer, seeks a volunteer attorney to draft a demand letter for specific performance, or alternatively, reimbursement of monies paid to adverse party under a writer for hire contract for the editing, publishing and promotion of a book.

Music
14153
A Spanish speaking-only musician seeks a volunteer attorney to represent his interests in a breach of contract and a possible copyright infringement by a music arranger.


Contract/Copyright - Back to Top

Fashion
14121 - On Review
Client is a designer seeking review of a consulting and confidentiality agreement.

Film
13902
Client is a documentary filmmaker who seeks assistance obtaining errors and omissions insurance for his film.

13785
Client is a film maker seeking legal assistance negotiating with a former employee who is using footage from client's project without the client's permission.

Literary
13990 - On Review
Client, an artist, seeks a volunteer attorney to advise her on issues of defamation, confidentiality and trademark in relation to an experimental art installation, and to draft a contract for the acceptance or rejection of a gift to certain public, private and university libraries for use in the installation.

Music
14283
*** Client, a New York based LLC, is currently establishing an internet radio business. Client seeks an attorney to assist with drafting the subscriber, contributor and terms of use agreements.

Visual
14172 - On Review
Client, an illustrator, seeks a volunteer attorney to assess her claim for copyright infringement for illustrations she drew that now appear in a book without her consent.


Copyright - Back to Top

Mixed
14196
Client seeks a volunteer attorney to advise her on the copyright eligibility of her street performance work and to assess whether another artist has infringed her work.

Music
14188 - On Review
Client is a music production company seeking representation to send a cease and desist demand to a former associate who is performing Client's music under a name for which Client has a registered trademark.

Theater
14190 - On Review
Client, the director of an all-female theater group, seeks volunteer attorney to help her negotiate the intellectual property rights of a play with her former partner and a third party.

Visual
14175 - On Review
Client, a fine artist, seeks a volunteer attorney to help him recover compensation for the unauthorized use of a photograph of his painting in apartment listing advertisements.


Corporate - Back to Top

Film
14207
*** Client seeks legal assistance incorporating a film production company.

Mixed
14278
*** Client, an independent writer and publisher, seeks an attorney to assist with the incorporation of an LLC devoted to the development and promotion of multi-ethnic creative works via publishing, film and other media forms.

Theater
14224
Client, an actor, seeks a volunteer attorney to terminate a partnership and negotiate a potential buyout of the company. He also seeks to recover misappropriated corporate assets.


Dispute/Litigation - Back to Top

Visual
13699
Client seeks legal representation in recovering a portfolio of artwork which is being held by a family member.


Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top

Film
14115 - On Review
Client, a filmmaker, working on a documentary about Islamic Fundamentalism in Pakistan seeks assistance defending a lawsuit brought by his co-producer. The case was filed in New Jersey.

13831
Client is a filmmaker, who seeks legal assistance in negotiating an agreement with a production company, the Adverse Party. Client worked for the Adverse Party for a number of months, and now they are experiencing a dispute over ownership of materials and compensation.

Music
14201 - On Review
Client, a singer, seeks legal assistance as a defendant in a trademark litigation at United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Plaintiff claims that the registration was procured through misrepresentation and he is the lawful owner of the trademark.

14151 - On Review
Client is a music producer seeking payment of an outstanding balance for his work and an injunction against the use of a particular song.


Immigration - Back to Top

Mixed
14046
Client, a performance artist, on OPT seeks assistance filing an O-1 visa application.

14042
Client, an actor, seeks legal assistance with an O-1 visa application.

13795
Client, a dancer/singer/actress who is in the United States on a J-1 visa, seeks legal assistance with an O-1 visa application.


Non-Profit - Back to Top

Dance
13759
Client, a non-profit dance organization, seeks an attorney to help re-apply for tax exempt status after its tax exempt status was revoked.

Literary
14267
Client, a nonprofit devoted to Yiddish literature, seeks an attorney to review bylaws and apply for 501(c)(3) status.

Mixed
14041
Client, a group devoted to developing public interest in traditional folklore and customs of immigrant communities, seeks legal assistance registering as a not-for-profit corporation and obtaining tax-exempt status federally and in New York.

13992
Client, whose programs give children access to media technology to foster their creativity, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to incorporate as a non-profit.

13970
Client, a non-profit cultural organization, seeks assistance amending its by-laws.

Music
14251
Client is a 40-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Celtic Culture. Client has not applied for 501(c)(3) status. Client seeks legal assistance updating its bylaws due to the NY Revitalization Act, and determine whether it should apply for 501(c)(3) status.

Theater
14272
*** Client, an unincorporated New York-based theatre company that promotes French-American productions, seeks assistance incorporating as a nonprofit and filing for tax-exempt status federally and in New York.

14256
Client, an independent theater which has its performances on ice, seeks an attorney to incorporate the theater as a non profit and apply for tax exempt status.


Patent - Back to Top

Fashion
14271
Client, a New York-based company that develops clothing for visually impaired children, is seeking an attorney to assist her company with conducting a Freedom to Operate search in regard to using her invention.

14228
Client, an apparel designer, invented a women's fashion design that enhances the wearer's figure. Client seeks assistance assessing the patentability of the invention and applying for a patent, if applicable.

14185
Client seeks legal assistance obtaining a patent for a jewelry design technique.

Mixed
14282
*** Client invented an identity theft security system for which he filed a patent application pro se. Client seeks a patent attorney to assist with redrafting the claims for his patent.

14259
Client invented and designed a special cap for soft drink cans. She seeks assistance assessing the patentability of her invention and filing a patent application if possible.

14252
Client invented a device that quickly bends wood and seeks a patent attorney to assess the patentability of the invention, and apply for a utility patent if applicable. Client disclosed his invention at a conference and published the invention on his website in October 2013.

14226 - On Review
Client invented a beach object and seeks legal assistance assessing the patentability of the invention and applying for a utility or design patent, if applicable.

14186
Client, inventor of a new type of planting device, seeks assistance with filing a patent application for her invention.

14154 - On Review
Client is a furniture designer who has created a new set of furniture. Client seeks the pro bono assistance of a volunteer attorney to prepare and file a design patent application for her furniture.

14134
Client, the inventor of a multi- functional lighting device, seeks the assistance applying for a non-provisional utility patent. Client has already filed a provisional patent for the device.


Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant - Back to Top

Visual
14242 - On Review
Client is a painter who has worked out of his rent-stabilized loft apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1984. The building’s new owners are planning to renovate and have asked Client to vacate and consider alternative accommodations. Client is seeking a real estate attorney to assist him with negotiating with the landlords for proper accommodations.

13762
Client is a not-for-profit foundation that owns a landmark building structure, and seeks legal assistance obtaining compensation for damage caused to the structure by Adverse Party.


Trademark - Back to Top

Fashion
14227 - On Review
Client, a fashion designer, seeks legal assistance to register trademarks for her clothing line's logo and a design used on the apparel. Client also seeks assistance modifying her articles of organization to reflect that she is now the sole owner.

14203
Client is jeweler seeking legal assistance to register the trademark for his business' logo.

Mixed
14257 - On Review
Client seeks assistance registering a trademark used in connection with marketing materials and apparel.

14169 - On Review
Client, the creator of a mobile application, seeks a volunteer attorney to defend himself and his company against a trademark infringement suit.

Music
14016 - On Review
Client is a nonprofit organization seeking legal assistance enforcing its right to a trademark against a party who is using a confusingly similar name.

Visual
14243 - On Review
Client, the estate of a New York-based graffiti artist who recently passed away, seeks an attorney to assist in the enforcement of the artist trademark rights.