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Case List
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Updated as of Thursday, December 18, 2014, 5:48 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.

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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
Corporate
Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation
Employment
Immigration
Non-Profit
Patent
Trademark


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.

14382 - On Review
Client seeks assistance assessing her potential liability for debt incurred by an LLC.


Contract - Back to Top

Film
14442 - On Review
Client, a filmmaker, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist in drafting a release agreement.

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
*** Client seeks assistance drafting a copyright assignment for a film screenplay.

Literary
14514
*** Client is a visual artist who has been approached by a publishing company to write a book, and he seeks legal assistance negotiating the terms of the publishing agreement.

Music
14464 - On Review
*** Client seeks assistance regarding potential violation of copyright, and a question regarding the transfer of moral rights for 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.

14399 - On Review
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation requires an exclusive license agreement that grants it the right to use intellectual property owned by its for-profit affiliate.


Corporate - Back to Top

Film
14454 - On Review
*** Client seeks assistance in incorporating a for-profit company for film production.


Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top

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.

Theater
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.

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


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.


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
14421 - On Review
Client, a Danish actress who has been featured in Law & Order SVU and Royal Pains, seeks an attorney to assist her in applying for an O-1 visa.

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
14506 - On Review
*** Non-Profit organization seeks assistance with drafting bylaws and conflict of interest policy.

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.

Music
14417 - On Review
Client is an organization dedicated to showcasing the music of contemporary composers. Client now seeks assistance incorporating and applying for not-for-profit status.


Patent - Back to Top

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

14470
Client, a sole proprietor, seeks an attorney to assess the patentability of his invention, a handle 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.

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
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
14439
*** Client invented a new medical headlamp and 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.


Trademark - Back to Top

Visual
14483
*** Client, a digital artist, seeks assistance in registering a word mark for the name of a story character.

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

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