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Updated as of Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:58 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.
Table of Contents
Contract - Back to Top
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 is a documentary
filmmaker who seeks assistance obtaining errors and omissions insurance for his film.
Client is a film maker seeking
legal assistance negotiating with a former employee who is using footage from client's project without the
Client, an artist, seeks a
volunteer attorney to advise her on issues of defamation, confidentiality and trademark in relation to an
experimental art installation, and to draft a contract for the acceptance or rejection of a gift to certain
public, private and university libraries for use in the installation.
*** 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.
14283 - On Review
Client, a New York
based LLC, is currently establishing an internet radio business. Client seeks an attorney to assist with
Copyright - Back to Top
Client is a filmmaker seeking
assistance recovering footage from the director of photography on a short film.
*** 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.
14196 - On Review
Client seeks a
volunteer attorney to advise her on the copyright eligibility of her street performance work and to assess
whether another artist has infringed her work.
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.
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
14284 - On Review
company seeks to incorporate as an LLC.
14119 - On Review
independent film producer, wishes to organize an LLC and prepare offering materials to raise $500,000 to
finance a film.
Dispute/Litigation - Back to Top
13699 - On Review
Client seeks legal
representation in recovering a portfolio of artwork which is being held by a family member.
Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top
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 filmmaker, working on
a documentary about Islamic Fundamentalism in Pakistan seeks assistance defending a lawsuit brought
by his co-producer. The case was filed in New Jersey.
Client, an artist, seeks an
attorney to negotiate a settlement for stolen video equipment left in the care of hotel staff while visiting
New York. The hotel has taken responsibility for the loss, and Client is seeking a pro bono attorney to
help assess damages and negotiate a settlement.
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
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.
14287 - On Review
Client, a New York
designer, seeks an attorney to assist in enforcing her rights under a licensing contract she has with a
Employment - Back to
*** 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
Client, a filmmaker, seeks
assessment of Permanent Resident Card qualifications and assistance with the application, if
Client, a performance artist, on
OPT seeks assistance filing an O-1 visa application.
Client, an actor, seeks legal
assistance with an O-1 visa application.
Client, a dancer/singer/actress
who is in the United States on a J-1 visa, seeks legal assistance with an O-1 visa application.
Non-Profit - Back to Top
Client, a group devoted to
developing public interest in traditional folklore and customs of immigrant communities, seeks legal
assistance registering as a not-for-profit corporation and obtaining tax-exempt status federally and in New
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 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.
14298 - On Review
Inventor created a
new method of extending the charge cycle of electric cars and seeks assistance assessing its
patentability and filing for a patent, if applicable.
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.
Client, inventor of a new type of
planting device, seeks assistance with filing a patent application for her invention.
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 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.
Estate/Landlord/Tenant - Back to Top
Client, a theater company,
seeks a volunteer attorney to assist them in complying with building regulations associated with an
application for a liquor license.
Client is a not-for-profit
foundation that owns a landmark building structure, and seeks legal assistance obtaining compensation
for damage caused to the structure by Adverse Party.
Trademark - Back to
14307 - On Review
Client, a fashion
apparel company, seeks assistance defending pending lawsuit and representing it in settlement
negotiations. A complaint was filed, but client has not yet been served.
14020 - On Review
Client is a film
company seeking to register logo and word marks for its company and film names.