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Case List
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Updated as of Thursday, October 30, 2014, 5:20 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
Employment
Immigration
Non-Profit
Patent
Trademark
Wills, Trusts or Estates


Contract - Back to Top

Fashion
14324 - On Review
Fashion designer seeks assistance with drafting template agreements she can use with her potential clients.

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.

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/TV
14270
*** Client, a filmmaker, jointly created a short-film using footage from a prime time T.V. show seeks a volunteer attorney to assist him in obtaining licensing rights to the music and images used from the T.V. series and to draft releases for the participants in the film.

Music
14356
Client, a New York-based musician, seeks an attorney to help her negotiate a lump-sum payout with a client for whom she arranged songs and provided vocals.

14350
Client is musician who is looking for assistance drafting a contract for rights to songs that she co-wrote.

14333
Client, a musician, is collaborating on a revue of songs composed by a composer and lyricist. Client seeks a pro bono attorney to assist in negotiating licenses and clearances with the lyricist, a film studio, and a music licensing house for the use of the composer's music.


Copyright - Back to Top

Film
14247 - On Review
Client is a filmmaker seeking assistance recovering footage from the director of photography on a short film.

Literary
14383
*** Client, an author, seeks an attorney to draft a cease and desist letter and a demand letter to receive royalties from publisher that sold one of his books without permission.

14379
*** Client, a writer, claims that a playwright infringed on the copyright of Client’s published essay by writing a play which directly copies Client’s essay. Client seeks the assistance of an attorney to draft a demand letter, and if necessary, bring a copyright infringement claim against the playwright.

14346
Client, a book writer to a musical, seeks the advice of a volunteer attorney in negotiating a Collaboration Agreement with the composer and lyricist of a musical.

Theater
14190
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
14353
*** Client, a wedding card designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the validity of a copyright infringement claim against another wedding invitation company, and to pursue the claim if possible.

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
14303
*** Client, a film maker, seeks an attorney to assist in forming an LLC and drafting investment agreements for his film.

Film/TV
14380
*** Filmmaker seeks legal assistance incorporating a production company.


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
14385
*** Client, a film producer, seeks an attorney to draft a demand letter to receive payments and credit for her work on a film she co- produced.

14338
Client, a director of a short film, seeks legal assistance obtaining a release from an actress so that client may use the footage in the short film.

14297 - On Review
Client, a film producer, is seeking an attorney to assist him with settling or litigating a contract dispute regarding payment for the making of a series of films.

14115
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks assistance with a lawsuit brought by his co-producer in New Jersey. Client has a local counsel but seeks a volunteer attorney to provide guidance regarding the copyright claims.

Literary
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.

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.


Employment - Back to Top

Dance
14345
Client seeks the advice of a volunteer attorney regarding her possible claim for wrongful termination.

Theater
14344
Client, a theater lighting designer, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist in negotiating breach of existing employment contract with theater and assist client in drafting agreements for future projects.

Visual
14352
Client, a visual artist, seeks an attorney to assist with drafting a demand letter to former employer, for receiving past wages and requesting reinstatement.


Immigration - Back to Top

Film/TV
14289 - On Review
Client, a filmmaker, seeks assessment of Permanent Resident Card qualifications and assistance with the application, if recommended.

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

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

Visual
14321
*** Client is a visual artist who is in the U.S. on a B1 visa. Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O1 visa.

14320
*** Client is a visual artist who is in the U.S. on a B1 visa. Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O1 visa.


Non-Profit - Back to Top

Mixed
14364
*** Client is an organization which provides studios, event and performance spaces for artists of all disciplines, to develop and present their art work. Client is now seeking an attorney to assist in obtaining a tax exemption status.

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.


Patent - Back to Top

Fashion
14334
Client, a makeup artist, is seeking an attorney to assist with assessing the patentability of a brush cleaning device, and filling for a utility patent, if patentable.

Mixed
14376
*** Inventor created a new type of umbrella and seeks legal assistance assessing the patentability of the invention and applying for a utility patent if possible.

14335
Client seeks assistance filing for a utility patent for a fashion accessory.

14317
Inventor created an invention for derby car races and seeks assistance assessing the patentability of his invention and filing for a patent if possible. Client first published his invention in January 2014.

14313
Client developed a new type of dog food, and wants help assessing the patentability of the recipe, and filing the patent application.

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

14137 - On Review
Client invented a novelty cigar punch device and seeks an attorney to assist him with applying for a utility patent.

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.

Music
14362
*** Client, an inventor, seeks assistance filing a patent for a software music algorithm system and a hardware sensory device.

14260
Client is seeking assistance in gaining a patent for a music invention.

Patent
14249
Client, invented a detection device for use on mass transit and seeks assistance assessing its patentability and filing a patent application if possible.


Trademark - Back to Top

Film
14020 - On Review
Client is a film company seeking to register logo and word marks for its company and film names.

Mixed
14339
*** A not-for-profit arts organization seeks assistance registering for a federal trademark for a tagline that it intends to use for its programs.


Wills, Trusts or Estates - Back to Top

Literary
14351
*** Client, a novelist, seeks assistance from a volunteer attorney in drafting his will.