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Updated as of Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 4:49 PM
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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 - Back to Top
A filmmaker seeks a legal
assistance in resolving a dispute regarding a documentary production agreement with his co-producer.
Client was served with a lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey and seeks assistance defending
14079 - On Review
Client is a
filmmaker seeking assistance creating contractual agreements with a fiscal sponsor.
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.
14023 - On Review
Client seeks legal
assistance drafting a contract covering a memoir he is writing for a member of a well-known American
music vocal group.
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.
Client seeks legal assistance
resolving a contract dispute with the other members of her former band.
Contract/Copyright - Back to Top
*** Client is a designer seeking
review of a consulting and confidentiality agreement.
Client is a documentary
filmmaker who seeks assistance obtaining errors and omissions insurance for his film.
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.
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.
Copyright - Back to Top
*** Fashion Designer seeks
legal assistance filing for trademark for her clothing line.
Client, a choral arranger,
seeks a volunteer attorney to help him obtain licenses for music he has arranged.
13865 - On Review
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.
*** 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.
14114 - On Review
photographer, seeks a volunteer attorney to stop adverse party from the unauthorized use of her
videos on the internet and of the unauthorized use of her photographs on adverse party's
Corporate - Back to
14119 - On Review
independent film producer, wishes to organize an LLC and prepare offering materials to raise
$500,000 to finance a film.
14059 - On Review
Client is seeking
assistance creating a subsidiary LLC and drafting a Private Placement Memorandum for a securities
offering for that subsidiary.
14049 - On Review
Client is a
photographer seeking assistance incorporating his business.
Client seeks the assistance of
an attorney in terminating a partnership and negotiating a potential buyout of the company in addition
to the recovery of misappropriated corporate assets.
14148 - On Review
proprietor of a photography and video business seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to
incorporate as a limited liability company.
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
13715 - On Review
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.
13831 - On Review
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.
14181 - On Review
seeks assistance preparing for a dispute over the use of a model's photo without a model release
form, and potentially defending a litigation if pulled in as a third party defendant.
Immigration - Back to
Client, a Venezuelan actor,
seeks legal assistance applying for an O-1 visa.
Client, a performance artist, on
OPT seeks assistance filing an O-1 visa application.
Client, an actor, seeks legal
assistance with an O-1 visa application.
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.
14150 - On Review
Client, a French
citizen and opera singer, seeks a volunteer attorney to help her apply for an O-1 Visa.
Client, an Argentinean actress
working in the United States, seeks legal assistance obtaining an O-1 Visa.
Client is a singer and actress
seeking to apply for an O-1 visa.
Mediation - Back to Top
14164 - On Review
*** Client seeks
mediation in a dispute regarding the operation of an art gallery she opened with her partner in 2010.
The parties seek mediation to discuss the terms of their working relationship, and to settle a dispute
regarding access to the gallery's financial information. ***Open to attorneys who have attended VLA's
MediateArt Training program
14117 - On Review
Client is a gallery
owner seeking the assistance of an attorney in mediation with his business partner.
***Open to attorneys who have attended VLA MediateArt Training.
Non-Profit - Back to
Client, an organization
promoting African dance, seeks legal assistance incorporating the organization as a nonprofit and
completing their application for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Substantial portions of this matter have
been prepared, and client needs a volunteer attorney to review and revise the file, if needed, and
finalize the application.
Client, a dance institute that
aims to provide professional dance training and studies free of tuition, seeks the assistance of a
volunteer attorney to incorporate as a not-for-profit and apply for 501(c)(3) status.
Client is a dancer, who seeks a
volunteer attorney to help him form a non-profit entity for the purpose of performing and showcasing
choreography from different cultures around the world.
Client, a non-profit dance
organization, seeks an attorney to help re-apply for tax exempt status after its tax exempt status was
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
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.
Client, a non-profit cultural
organization, seeks assistance amending its by-laws.
*** Unincorporated music
ensemble seeks legal assistance incorporating as a nonprofit and obtaining tax-exempt status federally
and in New York.
Patent - Back to Top
14161 - On Review
customizable, illuminated LED signs and seeks an attorney to assist him with applying for a patent.
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.
Client, the inventor of a device
for storing eyewear, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to discuss the invention's
patentability and apply for a patent, if applicable.
14112 - On Review
constructively invented a new home snow removal device. Client seeks assistance applying for a
14120 - On Review
Client is the
inventor of an electronic musical. Client seeks the assistance of a patent attorney for applying for a
patent for his invention.
Estate/Landlord/Tenant - Back to Top
13383 - On Review
Client, a non-
profit organization seeking to build a museum, seeks legal assistance with preventing the City from
unduly taking their deeded property on which the museum is to be built.
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
Client, an artist, seeks the
assistance of a volunteer attorney to cease Adverse Party's unauthorized use of Client’s registered
mark on t-shirts. Additionally, Client seeks legal assistance opposing an intent-to-use trademark
application by a different Adverse Party.
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.
Client is a nonprofit
organization seeking legal assistance enforcing its right to a trademark against a party who is using a
confusingly similar name.