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Updated as of Thursday, October 30, 2014, 5:20 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.
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Wills, Trusts or Estates
Contract - Back to Top
14324 - On Review
seeks assistance with drafting template agreements she can use with her potential clients.
14246 - On Review
photographer, shot a film for a cinematographer. Client seeks legal assistance negotiating compensation
for her footage upon release of the film.
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
14121 - On Review
Client is a designer
seeking review of a consulting and confidentiality agreement.
*** 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.
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.
Client is musician who is
looking for assistance drafting a contract for rights to songs that she co-wrote.
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
14247 - On Review
Client is a
filmmaker seeking assistance recovering footage from the director of photography on a short film.
*** 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.
*** 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.
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.
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.
*** 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
*** Client, a film maker, seeks
an attorney to assist in forming an LLC and drafting investment agreements for his film.
*** Filmmaker seeks legal
assistance incorporating a production 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
*** 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-
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Client seeks the advice of a
volunteer attorney regarding her possible claim for wrongful termination.
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.
Client, a visual artist, seeks an
attorney to assist with drafting a demand letter to former employer, for receiving past wages and
Immigration - Back to
14289 - On Review
filmmaker, seeks assessment of Permanent Resident Card qualifications and assistance with the
application, if recommended.
14046 - On Review
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.
*** 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.
*** 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
Non-Profit - Back to Top
*** 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.
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
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.
*** 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.
Client seeks assistance filing
for a utility patent for a fashion accessory.
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.
Client developed a new type of
dog food, and wants help assessing the patentability of the recipe, and filing the patent application.
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.
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.
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.
*** Client, an inventor, seeks
assistance filing a patent for a software music algorithm system and a hardware sensory device.
Client is seeking assistance in
gaining a patent for a music invention.
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
14020 - On Review
Client is a film
company seeking to register logo and word marks for its company and film names.
*** A not-for-profit arts
organization seeks assistance registering for a federal trademark for a tagline that it intends to use for its
Wills, Trusts or Estates - Back to Top
*** Client, a novelist, seeks
assistance from a volunteer attorney in drafting his will.