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Case List
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Updated as of Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 5:26 PM

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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

Bankruptcy
Contract
Copyright
Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation
Immigration
Non-Profit
Patent
Wills, Trusts or Estates


Bankruptcy - Back to Top

Dance
14456 - On Review
Client is a dance not-for-profit organization seeking assistance with organization dissolution, settlement of outstanding debts and potential bankruptcy filing.


Contract - Back to Top

Literary
14574 - On Review
Client, a writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer lawyer to draft a profit-participation agreement. Client also seeks advice whether to incorporate as an LLC.

Mixed
14611
*** Client, a non-profit organization that uses art to promote a deeper understanding of the Bible, seeks assistance in clarifying and memorializing its role in the development of a mobile application in collaboration with two other non- profits.

Photography
14583 - On Review
Client, a photographer, seeks assistance drafting a notice terminating his contract with an agent.

Theater
14575
Client seeks assistance in drafting a Contributor Agreement for an anthology of stories.


Copyright - Back to Top

Fashion
14194
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.

Film
14621 - On Review
*** Client, a filmmaker, seeks assistance in understanding her rights pursuant to a federal district court judgment previously granted in her favor for copyright infringement, and in drafting cease and desist letters to other infringing parties.

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

14572 - On Review
Client, an author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to secure permission for a theatrical adaptation.

Visual
14635
*** Client, a photographer, seeks assistance responding to a cease and desist letter sent on behalf of a model alleging that Client's painting violates the model's right of publicity.


Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top

Dance
14629
*** Client, the director of a nonprofit corporation, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recoup funds lost due to an adverse party's breach of contract.

Film
14555 - On Review
*** Client, a filmmaker, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist her in a contract dispute.

Music
14641
*** Client, a singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to defend her in a trademark infringement suit.

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

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

Visual
14524 - On Review
Client, Artist's Estate, seeks to recover Artist's structural designs and other items belonging to Artist's Estate that Adverse Party, Artist's partner, has refused to give back.


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

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

Theater
14595
*** Client seeks a volunteer attorney to incorporate as a not-for-profit and to apply for federal tax exemption for the purpose of conducting theater workshops and master classes.


Patent - Back to Top

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

Mixed
14620
*** Client is a designer seeking legal assistance assessing the patentability of a container holder device, and filing a patent if appropriate.

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

14561
Client seeks assistance assessing the patentability of two weight training safety devices, and filing a patent if applicable.

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 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
14628
*** Client is a musician seeking legal assistance assessing the patentability of a new type of guitar pick, 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.


Wills, Trusts or Estates - Back to Top

Film/TV
14403
*** Writer seeks legal assistance creating a will.