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Updated as of Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 3:22 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 VLAís 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
Immigration
Mediation
Non-Profit
Patent
Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant
Trademark
Wills, Trusts or Estates


Contract - Back to Top

Film
14870 - On Review
*** Client is a documentary filmmaker seeking assistance drafting a work-for-hire agreement for a composer.

14865 - On Review
*** Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks assistance drafting releases and other agreements for her latest film project.

14772 - On Review
Client, an independent filmmaker, seeks assistance in drafting a contract to present to a party that will provide funding for her documentary.

Film/TV
14785 - On Review
Client, the creator of a television series, seeks an attorney to review and negotiate a collaboration agreement presented to him by his creative partners.

Mixed
14751 - On Review
Client, a nonprofit theatre company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to clarify its relationship with its hired artists and draft a template work-for-hire agreement for future use.

Music
14804 - On Review
Client, a musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a contract with a sound engineer and co- producer.

14784
Client, a bassist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover the money that he spent on a custom-made double bass that was delivered in unplayable condition.

Visual
14847
*** Client, an artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a nude model release template.

14754 - On Review
Client, a visual artist and graphic designer, seeks assistance drafting contracts for a business start-up designing and selling limited edition gallery exhibition prints.


Contract/Copyright - Back to Top

Music
14821
Client, a drummer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover royalty payments and obtain writing credits for songs to which he contributed.

Visual
14783
Client, a graphic designer, seeks assistance recovering design fees for services and original artwork rendered to a former client.

14765 - On Review
Client is a visual artist who seeks legal representation for a mediation regarding graphic design services for which she was not paid.


Copyright - Back to Top

Film
14837 - On Review
Client, a film production company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate clearances with individuals and companies featured in a documentary film.

14698 - On Review
Client, a writer and producer, wrote a script for a promo of a documentary and assisted with the early production stages. She seeks an attorney to help her obtain credit for her work.

Music
14845
*** Client, a musician, seeks a volunteer attorney to draft a cease and desist letter to a German record label and for an assessment of whether to pursue a copyright infringement claim.

14808
*** Client, a composer, seeks assistance assessing the scope of a licensing agreement with regard to creating a derivative work based on the licensed material.

14799
Client, a music teacher, seeks assistance securing a license to set lyrics to a musical composition.

Theater
14841 - On Review
Client, a theatre producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement in a play he co-produced.


Corporate - Back to Top

Music
14742 - On Review
Client, a folk singer, seeks an attorney to assist in determining her rights to songs held by a publishing company dissolved by tax proclamation and to assist her in determining what her tax liabilities are, vis a vis the dissolved corporation.

Visual
14660 - On Review
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a professional nail polish business as an LLC in New York and to draft the companyís operating agreement.


Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top

Fashion
14648
Client, a fashion designer, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist her in defending a breach of contract suit brought by her former employer. Client has already won on two grounds: denial of a preliminary injunction to prevent use of her trademarks and invalidation of a non-compete clause.

Literary
14766 - On Review
Client, a literary consulting company, seeks assistance recovering administrative access to a website, which is currently controlled by the company's former web developer.

14755
Client, a writer and director, needs a volunteer attorney to defend him in a breach of contract suit in which a former employer demands repayment of monies paid to him for work as performed.

Music
14823
*** Creator of music education programming seeks assistance pursuing a copyright infringement claim and a claim for a portion of profits from former business partners.

14730
Client, a composer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to retrieve a recording of his performance that he was entitled to under his contract.

14696
Client seeks assistance recovering payments owed to him under a contract for sale of a concert recording.

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

14638
Client seeks a volunteer attorney to defend him in a lawsuit for non-payment on a services contract.

Photography
14723 - On Review
Client, a fashion photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a settlement for copyright infringement.

Theater
14672
Client, a theatre group, needs a volunteer attorney to assist in the recovery of prepaid rent and subsequent damages for a performance space that was not habitable.

Visual
14797
*** Client, a graphic designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to a demand letter and assist her with a possible breach of contract claim.

14802 - On Review
Client, a painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to collect on a judgment awarded against an art gallery.

14692 - On Review
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the likelihood of success of a copyright infringement claim for an advertisement.


Immigration - Back to Top

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

Mixed
14437
Client is a performing artist seeking assistance applying for an O-1 visa.

Music
14706
Client, a singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

14612
Client, a musician, seeks assistance from a volunteer attorney to file an O-1 visa.

Theater
14868 - On Review
*** Client, an actress, seeks assistance 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
14582
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in preparing the necessary paperwork for an 0-1 Visa application.


Mediation - Back to Top

Film
14746 - On Review
Parties seek mediation to resolve a dispute regarding the creation and distribution of a film. ***Open to those who have attended VLA's MediateArt Training.***

14745 - On Review
Parties seek mediation to resolve a dispute regarding the creation and distribution of a film. ***Open to those who have attended VLA's MediateArt Training.***


Non-Profit - Back to Top

Film
14846
*** Client is a not-for-profit that seeks assistance drafting bylaws and a conflicts of interest policy and to apply for 501(c)(3) status for the not-for-profit.

Mixed
14805 - On Review
Client, a fine arts organization based in Medusa, NY, seeks assistance forming not-for-profit incorporation, applying for tax- exempt status, and filing for trademarks.

14770
Client is a performance and multimedia not-for-profit organization seeking assistance reinstating its tax-exempt status and potentially becoming a member organization.

14716
Client, a performing arts not-for- profit organization that focuses on cultural heritage, seeks assistance in registering as a foreign corporation in New York, and establishing a subsidiary in New York.

Music
14796
Client, an organization that presents orchestral concerts and educational workshops, seeks assistance with incorporating as a not- for-profit in New York state and applying for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.

14762 - On Review
Client, a creator of educational children's television programming, seeks an attorney to assist in incorporating as a non-profit organization and applying for tax-exempt status.

Theater
14833
Client, a theater group dedicated to advancing performance arts, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to incorporate as a not-for-profit and file for tax exempt status.

14810 - On Review
Client, a theatre actor and director, seeks assistance incorporating a not-for-profit, acquiring 501(c)(3) status, and drafting bylaws for a theatre retreat.

14782
Client, a performing arts center, seeks assistance with incorporating as a not-for-profit in New York and applying for 501(c)(3) status.

Visual
14793
Visual arts organization seeks assistance with incorporating as a not-for-profit in New York state and applying for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.


Patent - Back to Top

Fashion
14747
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a utility patent for a unique t-shirt.

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

Mixed
14822
*** Client seeks a volunteer attorney to assist with securing provisional patent protection for an automobile accessory.

14809 - On Review
Client, a make-up artist, seeks assistance filing patents for two products designed for the beauty industry.

14788
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a rodent-resistant lawn accessory and filing a non-provisional patent application.

14786
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a patent for a new process to prospect for a valuable chemical element.

14712
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a patent for a plush toy accessory.

14694 - On Review
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a utility patent for a specialty coffee grinder.

14688 - On Review
Client seeks assistance in filing a utility patent for a new mechanism to improve the quality of soft furniture.

14585
Client seeks assistance drafting a patent for a phone application and a non-disclosure agreement with a software developer.

14576
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a patent application for an invention that helps the user in personal grooming.

14550
Client seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a food preparation device and filing a provisional patent, if applicable.

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

14449
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance assessing the patentability of an invention for a game 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 an improvement to a musical instrument device, and filing a patent if appropriate.

14580
Client seeks assistance filing for a patent for a luxury apparel accessory item.

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.

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 assistance with filing for a provisional patent for his gym related invention.

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.


Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant - Back to Top

Visual
14806
Client, a sculptor, seeks assistance determining her rights in a land dispute with a neighbor, and protecting her artworks on the disputed land.

14769
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover damages for artwork destroyed by mold and moisture in a leased premises.


Trademark - Back to Top

Dance
14773 - On Review
Client, a non-profit dance company, seeks assistance with a cease and desist for trademark infringement.

Music
14790 - On Review
Client, a musician, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for her stage name.

Photography
14832
*** Client, a photographer, seeks assistance registering a trademark for a social media username.


Wills, Trusts or Estates - Back to Top

Theater
14781
Client, a hair design supervisor for Broadway productions, resides in New Jersey and seeks assistance with estate planning and drafting a last will and testament.

Visual
14800
Client, a visual artist, seeks assistance changing a beneficiary in his will.

14787
Client seeks assistance reclaiming money spent in her capacity as an agent of deceased artist, and if possible, fulfilling the artistís wishes of donating his work to non-profit institutions.