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Case List
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Updated as of Thursday, November 20, 2014, 2:11 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
Patent
Trademark


Contract - Back to Top

Film
14397 - On Review
Client, an actor and film producer, and his co-producers are seeking an attorney to draft a settlement agreement based on a memorandum of understating they have reached via mediation.

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.

14407 - On Review
*** Client seeks legal assistance understanding and negotiating terms of a music publishing agreement.

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.

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
14356 - On Review
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.

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.


Copyright - Back to Top

Literary
14383 - On Review
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.

Visual
14414 - On Review
*** Client, a visual artist and a material scientist, seeks help incorporating as an LLC.


Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top

Film
14385 - On Review
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 - On Review
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 - On Review
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
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.

Visual
14352
Client, a visual artist, seeks an attorney to assist with drafting a demand letter to former employer, for receiving past wages and requesting reinstatement.


Immigration - Back to Top

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

Mixed
14042 - On Review
Client, an actor, seeks legal assistance with an 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
14321 - On Review
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.

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
14418 - On Review
*** Client, a not-for- profit organization that seeks to facilitate cross-cultural understanding and international solidarity by collecting and developing educational content regarding every language, seeks review of its Corporate By- Laws and Conflict of Interest Policy to ensure they are in compliance with 501(c)(3) regulations before submitting its application for tax-exempt status to the IRS.

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.

Theater
14365 - On Review
Client, a not-for- profit theater group, seeks assistance dissolving its 501(c)(3) 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
14396
Client, an inventor, seeks assistance assessing the patentability of a mobile application and filing for a patent for the application, if applicable.

14376
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
Client, invented a detection device for use on mass transit and seeks assistance assessing its patentability and filing a patent application if possible.


Trademark - Back to Top

Mixed
14381 - On Review
Organization that invented a new type of musical instrument seeks assistance applying for two trademarks: one for the name of their company and one for the name of the product.

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