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Case List
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Updated as of Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6:27 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/Negotiation
Employment
Immigration
Non-Profit
Non-Profit Incorporation
Patent
Trademark


Contract - Back to Top

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.

Literary
14347 - On Review
Client, a New York-based writer, seeks an attorney to help her draft letters requesting detailed royalty statements from a publisher.

Music
14410 - On Review
Client, a performing musician, consultant, and professional speaker seeks assistance drafting and revising a template performance contract and a non-disclosure agreement to protect her work.

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.

Theater
14469
*** Client, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting circus educators for youth, is seeking an attorney to draft two contracts relating to its safety certification services.

Visual
14308 - On Review
Client, a photographer, seeks an attorney to draft her contracts and release forms for her photography business.


Contract/Copyright - Back to Top

Fashion
14121 - On Review
Client is a designer seeking review of a consulting and confidentiality agreement.

Music
14466
*** Client, a New York based LLC, is currently establishing an internet radio business. Client seeks an attorney to assist with drafting a subscriber agreement and a website terms of use agreement.

14366
*** Client seeks assistance drafting and negotiating a written agreement that clarifies copyright ownership in a work client created with a producer.

14333 - On Review
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.

Visual
14430
*** Client, a photographer, seeks an attorney to assess claims for copyright infringement and potential breach of contract.


Copyright - Back to Top

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.

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 - On Review
Client, the director of an all-female theater group, seeks a volunteer attorney to help her negotiate the intellectual property rights of a play with her former partner and a third party.


Corporate - Back to Top

Film
14303 - On Review
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.

Visual
14394
*** Owner of an interior design business seeks assistance forming an LLC.


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.

14297
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.

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.

Visual
14435
*** Client seeks attorney assistance assessing and pursuing a suit for damages for destruction of property.

13699
Client seeks legal representation in recovering a portfolio of artwork which is being held by a family member.


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.


Immigration - Back to Top

Film/TV
14421
*** Client, a Danish actress who has been featured in Law & Order SVU and Royal Pains, seeks an attorney to assist her in applying for an O-1 visa.

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

Theater
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
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

Literary
14392 - On Review
Client, an organization devoted to combine literature and science through creative writing, seeks an attorney to assist in incorporating the organization as a nonprofit and applying for 501(c)(3) status.

Mixed
14364 - On Review
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
14417
Client is an organization dedicated to showcasing the music of contemporary composers. Client now seeks assistance incorporating and applying for not-for-profit status.


Non-Profit Incorporation - Back to Top


14436
*** Client, an organization that performs and educates the public on early European Music, seeks a volunteer to help incorporate the organization as a not-for-profit organization.


Patent - Back to Top

Fashion
14334 - On Review
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
14470
*** Client, a sole proprietor, seeks an attorney to assess the patentability of his invention, a handle device, and filing a patent application if appropriate.

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

14355
*** Client, an inventor, seeks assistance in assessing the patentability of a device that improves stuffy noses during sleep and filing for a patent for the device, if applicable.

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

14376 - On Review
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 - On Review
Client developed a new type of dog food, and wants help assessing the patentability of the recipe, and filing the patent application.

14252 - On Review
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
Client, inventor of a new type of planting device, seeks assistance with filing a patent application for her invention.

14134 - On Review
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 - On Review
Client, invented a detection device for use on mass transit and seeks assistance assessing its patentability and filing a patent application if possible.

Visual
14448
*** Client seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a wallet design, and applying for a patent, if applicable.

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.

14428
*** 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

Music
14431 - On Review
Client, a recording artist, seeks assistance registering two trademarks, and assessment of the merit of registering a third mark.