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Updated as of Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 1:16 PM
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Who We Serve
VLA serves low income and indigent artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in every imaginable discipline. For example, theater, dance, fashion, the visual arts, performance, music, journalism, crafts, textiles, architecture, film, design, literature, and poetry are only a few of the artistic disciplines we service. Whether artists are looking to start a nonprofit dance company, copyright their manuscript or produce an independent film, VLA is available to assist them. Before cases are placed on this list, VLA meets with the applicant for pro bono services 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.
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Contract - Back to Top
13774 - On Review
enforcement of his contract and payment of moneys owed under the agreement.
13923 - On Review
Client is a not-for-
profit music education program which seeks legal assistance drafting liability waivers.
Contract/Copyright - Back to Top
Client is a documentary
filmmaker who seeks assistance obtaining errors and omissions insurance for his film.
13785 - On Review
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.
13613 - On Review
Client is a fine
artist who created a video piece and seeks legal assistance assessing her claim against the Adverse
Party, who publicly distributed a commercial feature film that is similar to a film that client created. Client
has sold limited copies of the video with contract restrictions not to release video to third parties, and
believes one purchaser may have given access to Adverse Party. Client seeks the assistance of a
volunteer attorney to assess and pursue a copyright infringement action.
13758 - On Review
Client who wishes
to produce a play written in the 1940s is seeking legal assistance to conduct a search for the holder of
the copyright to the material.
Copyright - Back to Top
13892 - On Review
Client is a designer
seeking assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the strength of her copyright infringement
Client, a composer, arranged a
song for adverse party and now seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover royalties and
credit that she did not receive.
13873 - On Review
Client, a songwriter
and recording artist, seeks a volunteer attorney to remove allegedly infringing songs from iTunes. Client
also seeks advice on how to obtain videos she has paid for but have not been delivered from a recording
Client is a party to a probate
action currently pending in Ohio. Client seeks assistance moving the action to a New York federal court
and seeks to have a declaratory judgment entered in his favor that the copyright assignment is valid.
Corporate - Back to Top
13955 - On Review
*** Client is a
filmmaker seeking assistance incorporating his film as an LLC in New York.
Dispute/Litigation - Back to Top
Client seeks legal
representation in recovering a portfolio of artwork which is being held by a family member.
Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top
*** 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.
13904 - On Review
filmmaker, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist her in a suit against an adverse party who breached their
Collaboration Agreement and displayed her film in an unauthorized public performance.
Documentary film writer and
director seeks legal assistance in negotiating the restoration of his director credit in promotional materials
relating to a film and assessing the strength of a defamation claim grounded on the omission of said
Clients are defendants in a
lawsuit for alleged breach of contract regarding a vocal recording. Client seeks legal assistance
defending the litigation.
13861 - On Review
Client, a musician,
seeks legal assistance resolving a dispute with his former band member regarding expenses that the
former band member claims Client owes.
Client is seeking the
assistance of an attorney to help him recover his artwork or compensation for its value from a gallery at
which the work was once displayed, but has since gone missing.
13784 - On Review
Client seeks an
attorney to assist her with the return of her paintings and payment for sold works pursuant to a
Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation/Mediation - Back to Top
Client, a ballet costume
designer, needs legal assistance evaluating the strength of her claim for payment against the adverse
party, who engaged her to design costumes for his ballet academy.
Client is a photographer whose
work was used in an advertisement without her authorization. She seeks representation in recovering
licensing fees for the use of the photograph.
Immigration - Back to
13795 - On Review
dancer/singer/actress who is in the United States on a J-1 visa, seeks legal assistance with an O-1 visa
13944 - On Review
Client is a singer
and actress seeking to apply for an O-1 visa.
13938 - On Review
Client is a
Canadian spatial designer who has been working in the U.S. for over three years on TN visas. She now
wants to apply for an O-1 visa.
Non-Profit - Back to Top
13759 - On Review
Client, a non-profit
dance organization, seeks assistance in reinstating its tax exempt status.
Owner seeks assistance of a
volunteer attorney to re-incorporate her for-profit organization as a not-for-profit with 501(c)(3) status.
Patent - Back to Top
13881 - On Review
Client seeks the
assistance of a volunteer patent attorney to file a patent application for Client’s dance-related stretching
Client is an inventor who
created a novel exercise mat. Client has drawings and has performed a preliminary prior art search. Client
seeks the pro bono assistance of a volunteer patent attorney to help prepare and prosecute his
13912 - On Review
Client invented an
interlocking building system and would like the assistance of an attorney to file a patent.
13823 - On Review
Client is an
inventor who seeks patent protection for an invention within the athletic safety equipment class. Client
seeks the pro bono assistance of a patent attorney to obtain a utility patent.
Estate/Landlord/Tenant - Back to Top
The Client is a non-profit
organization that has been operating for several years and is seeking to build a museum. The donated
property on which the museum would be located is historically significant to the mission. Several years
ago, the City of New York proposed taking the property for its own purposes under eminent domain. The
Client seeks legal assistance with preventing the City from unduly taking their deeded property.
13762 - On Review
Client is a not-for-
profit foundation seeking legal assistance obtaining compensation for the reconstruction of a building
structure that Adverse Party damaged.