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Case List
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Updated as of Thursday, April 16, 2015, 4:31 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
Copyright
Corporate
Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation
Immigration
Non-Profit
Patent
Trademark


Contract - Back to Top

Film/TV
14658 - On Review
*** Client, a Television and Film actress, seeks assistance terminating a management contract that her manager contends does not expire until 2017 due to automatic renewal.

Music
14666
*** Client seeks assistance revising a purchase agreement to sell an online business.

14643 - On Review
Client, a sound engineer, seeks assistance drafting a release agreement, permitting recording and limited distribution of musical performances.


Copyright - Back to Top

Theater
14640 - On Review
Client seeks a copyright and fair use opinion for a character in a play based on a 1950's television star.


Corporate - Back to Top

Music
14633 - On Review
Client, a sound engineer, seeks assistance forming an LLC for a music broadcast project.

Visual
14661
*** Client, a digital artwork rental company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC in New York.


Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top

Fashion
14648
Client, a fashion designer, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist her in defending a breach of contract suit brought by her former employer. Client has already won on two grounds: denial of a preliminary injunction to prevent use of her trademarks and invalidation of a non-compete clause.

14194 - On Review
Client, a textile designer, whose textile pattern has been used by an international textile company, seeks assistance to assess the viability of a claim for copyright infringement after the company's failure to respond to or comply with a cease and desist letter.

Music
14650
Client, a solo singer and performer, seeks representation in defense of a preliminary injunction filed against him by former bandmate who seeks to enjoin Client from performing under the name of their band.

14641 - On Review
Client, a singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to defend her in a trademark infringement suit.

14638
Client seeks a volunteer attorney to defend him in a lawsuit for non-payment on a services contract.

14613
Client, an archivist of rock and roll history, seeks an attorney to defend him in a suit filed for copyright infringement and violation of the Anti-Bootlegging Act.

14602 - On Review
Client, a co- composer of a song, seeks an attorney to negotiate proper distribution of royalties for past performances with the publisher, as well as setting up a payment schedule for future performances of his song.

Photography
14584 - On Review
Client, a photographer, seeks assistance assessing a copyright infringement claim and pursuing litigation if applicable.


Immigration - Back to Top

Film/TV
14505
Client, an independent film director and television producer, seeks assistance in applying for O-1 visa.

Mixed
14619
Client, a voice actress, seeks an attorney to assist with her O-1 visa renewal.

14437
Client is a performing artist seeking assistance applying for an O-1 visa.

Music
14612
Client, a musician, seeks assistance from a volunteer attorney to file an O-1 visa.

Theater
14526 - On Review
Client is an Australian actress and producer seeking help filing for an O-1 Visa.

14384
Client is a playwright and theater director seeking assistance in applying for permanent residence or, if that is not possible, an artist visa.

Visual
14603
Client is a visual artist seeking assistance applying for an O-1 visa or green card.

14582
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in preparing the necessary paperwork for an 0-1 Visa application.


Non-Profit - Back to Top

Literary
14625 - On Review
Client seeks assistance to incorporate a nonprofit organization promoting Bulgarian writers and literature in the United States. Client also seeks assistance applying for tax-exempt status.

Mixed
14569 - On Review
Client, a volunteer service organization focused on disaster response for the New York City arts community, seeks legal assistance in regards to nonprofit incorporation and whether to file for 501(c)(3) status.

14496 - On Review
A non-profit multi- media cultural organization, seeks assistance revising its bylaws and expanding the nature of its activities.

Visual
14653
*** Client is a sales associate at a preeminent contemporary art gallery seeking assistance incorporating her not-for-profit, acquiring 501c(3) status and drafting bylaws.


Patent - Back to Top

Fashion
14472
Client seeks assistance assessing the patentability and applying for a patent for a jewelry item.

Mixed
14550
*** Client seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a food preparation device and filing a provisional patent, if applicable.

14539
*** Client invented a seating/storage mechanism which is placed on a bicycle. Client seeks an attorney to assess the patentability of the invention and to file a utility patent application if appropriate.

14601
Client seeks assistance in filing a utility patent for a new tool used for siding on a house.

14576
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a patent application for an invention that helps the user in personal grooming.

14545
Client seeks assistance in filing for a utility patent for a new network security process.

14508
Client is an architect seeking assistance assessing the patentability of his architectural invention and applying for a patent if applicable.

14481
Client seeks assistance assessing patentability of an electronic device and filing a patent application if appropriate.

14449
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance assessing the patentability of an invention for a game and filing for a patent for the application, if applicable.

14425
Client seeks assistance assessing and filing a patent for a modified version of a test.

14396
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a mobile application and filing for a patent for the application, if applicable.

Music
14580
*** Client seeks assistance filing for a patent for a luxury apparel accessory item.

14628
Client is a musician seeking legal assistance assessing the patentability of an improvement to a musical instrument device, and filing a patent if appropriate.

14434
Client seeks assistance in determining patentability and applying for a patent, if possible, for a musical invention.

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.

Visual
14578
Client seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a scientific-testing tool, and for assistance applying for a patent, if applicable.

14484
Client seeks help with filing for a provisional patent.

14452
Client is an inventor, who created a new game. He seeks legal assistance assessing the patentability of his invention and applying for a patent, if possible.

14429
Client, a visual artist and a material scientist, seeks legal assistance assessing the patentability of an invention, and filing for a patent, if possible.


Trademark - Back to Top

Fashion
14647
*** Client is a fashion designer who seeks assistance responding to a USPTO Office Action letter after attempting to file a trademark application.