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Case List
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Updated as of Thursday, January 22, 2015, 2:43 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
Contract/Copyright
Copyright
Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation
Immigration
Non-Profit
Patent
Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant
Trademark
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

Film/TV
14498 - On Review
Client is an artist seeking attorney assistance negotiating a contract to develop her story into a television series.

Music
14153 - On Review
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
14367
Client seeks assistance drafting various employment and investor contracts for a theater company.


Contract/Copyright - Back to Top

Film
14482 - On Review
Client seeks assistance drafting a copyright assignment for a film screenplay.

Music
14333
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
14457 - On Review
Client is a visual artist seeking advice on those who own the property drawn in his commissioned works.


Copyright - Back to Top

Fashion
14527
*** Client is seeking assistance in understanding her rights for a possible copyright infringement claim in respect of her design of a necklace.


Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top

Dance
14345
Client seeks the advice of a volunteer attorney regarding her possible claim for wrongful termination.

Film
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.

Music
14507
Client, a singer, is a pro se defendant in an ongoing trademark lawsuit. Client desires to settle the dispute via mediation, and seeks a volunteer attorney to assist with drafting a request to mediate letter to the plaintiff's attorneys.

14446
Client, a musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist in settlement negotiations with her ex-manager.

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.

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.

14218
Client is a performer seeking legal representation for a lawsuit that has been brought against him for breach of contract and defamation.

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


Immigration - Back to Top

Film
14488
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks assistance extending her current O-1 visa.

14453
Client seeks assistance in applying for O-1 visa.

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

Photography
14512
Client, a photographer, seeks an attorney to assist with her O-1 visa application.

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

Film
14440
A nonprofit film company seeks a volunteer attorney to review its Conflict of Interest policy and bylaws to ensure compliance with the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013. The nonprofit also needs counseling and advice on Related Party Transactions.

Mixed
14496
Client, a non-profit organization, seeks assistance revising its organizational bylaws and expanding the nature of its activities.

14468
Client is a not-for-profit that educates artists on financial matters and assists artist with financial planning and seeks assistance with filing for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. They also seek advice regarding a related-party transaction issue.


Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant - Back to Top

Visual
14501
*** Client is a visual artist who seeks assistance negotiating with the board of a mixed residential/studio space regarding quiet enjoyment issues.


Trademark - Back to Top

Visual
14478 - On Review
Client, a visual artist and material scientist, seeks help registering design and word marks for two of his inventions.

14433 - On Review
Inventor of a game seeks legal assistance filing for a federal trademark for his game.


Wills, Trusts or Estates - Back to Top

Visual
14523
*** Client, a visual artist, seeks assistance with drafting a new will and a new health care proxy.


Patent - Back to Top

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

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

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

14460
Client seeks assistance filing for an international patent classification for a medical device.

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.

14390
Client seeks assistance filing a patent for a newly developed roofing technology.

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.

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.

14226 - On Review
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.

Music
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
14484
Client seeks help with filing for a provisional patent.

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

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.