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Updated as of Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 3:36 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.
*** Client, who consigned
photographs to an art gallery, seeks the assistance of an attorney to recover damages for lost and
damaged works from the deceased gallery owner's estate.
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.
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
*** Client is a jewelry designer
who seeks legal assistance assessing whether a store infringed on her jewelry designs, and possibly
negotiating with the store.
13893 - On Review
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.
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.
13954 - On Review
*** Client seeks the
assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a cease and desist letter.
*** Client is an artist who seeks
the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover works in Adverse Party's possession, secure the
copyrights in her works and send a cease and desist letter for the unauthorized use of her works in a
Corporate - Back to Top
13955 - On Review
Client is a
filmmaker seeking assistance incorporating his film as an LLC in New York.
*** Client, a music educator,
seeks an attorney to start an LLC and to register a trademark.
Dispute/Litigation - Back to Top
*** Fashion designer and dancer
engaged Adverse Party to create a prototype of his design for a new type of dancewear. The Adverse
Party demanded that Client sign a contract waiving his rights in the product upon delivery of the
prototype. Client seeks legal assistance to negotiate with Adverse Party.
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, 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 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
*** Client is a songwriter who
seeks an accounting from a music distributor to determine if he is owed any money for sales of his
13920 - On Review
defendants in a lawsuit for alleged breach of contract regarding a vocal recording. Client seeks legal
assistance defending the litigation.
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.
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
Client is a singer and actress
seeking to apply for an O-1 visa.
Client is an actress that is
currently on an OPT visa, and would like the assistance of an attorney to obtain an O-1 artist's visa.
*** Client is a visual artist that
would like the assistance of an attorney to apply for an O-1 artist's 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
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
*** Client seeks a pro bono
attorney to help with the drafting and filing of a patent for an invention which prevents clogs from forming in
sinks and bathtubs. Client already has a provisional patent on his invention.
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 a retired engineer
who has invented a new type of engine. He seeks the assistance of a patent attorney to assess the
patentability of his invention and prepare a patent application if possible.
*** Client has developed an
invention that falls under patentable computer or mobile-based applications. Client seeks the assistance
of a volunteer patent attorney to prepare and prosecute a patent application for his invention.
*** Client has invented a new
type of bag that is both fashionable and ergonomic. Client seeks volunteer attorney to file patent
*** Client is the inventor of an
exercise device. Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer patent attorney in preparing and submitting a
13935 - On Review
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 application.
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.
Client is a not-for-profit
foundation seeking legal assistance obtaining compensation for the reconstruction of a building structure
that Adverse Party damaged.
Trademark - Back to
*** Client, a bag designer, seeks
legal assistance registering a trademark.