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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.
Client, a film producer, seeks
advice on appropriate SEC filings. Client has a private placement memorandum and subscription
agreement which he needs reviewed.
14275 - On Review
Client, a nonprofit
devoted to Yiddish literature, seeks an attorney to draft contributor, vendor and donor contract
14127 - On Review
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 book.
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
13990 - On Review
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
LLC, is currently establishing an internet radio business. Client seeks an attorney to assist with drafting
14172 - On Review
illustrator, seeks a volunteer attorney to assess her claim for copyright infringement for illustrations she
drew that now appear in a book without her consent.
Copyright - Back to Top
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.
14188 - On Review
Client is a music
production company seeking representation to send a cease and desist demand to a former associate
who is performing Client's music under a name for which Client has a registered trademark.
14190 - On Review
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
*** Client seeks legal
assistance incorporating a film production company.
*** Client, an independent writer
and publisher, seeks an attorney to assist with the incorporation of an LLC devoted to the development
and promotion of multi-ethnic creative works via publishing, film and other media forms.
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.
Dispute/Litigation - Back to Top
Client seeks legal
representation in recovering a portfolio of artwork which is being held by a family member.
Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation - Back to Top
14115 - On Review
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 is a filmmaker, who
seeks legal assistance in negotiating an agreement with a production company, the Adverse Party. Client
worked for the Adverse Party for a number of months, and now they are experiencing a dispute over
ownership of materials and compensation.
14201 - On Review
Client, a singer,
seeks legal assistance as a defendant in a trademark litigation at United States District Court for the
Southern District of New York. Plaintiff claims that the registration was procured through
misrepresentation and he is the lawful owner of the trademark.
14151 - On Review
Client is a music
producer seeking payment of an outstanding balance for his work and an injunction against the use of a
Immigration - Back to
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 non-profit dance
organization, seeks an attorney to help re-apply for tax exempt status after its tax exempt status was
Client, a nonprofit devoted to
Yiddish literature, seeks an attorney to review bylaws and apply for 501(c)(3) status.
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, whose programs give
children access to media technology to foster their creativity, seeks the assistance of a volunteer
attorney to incorporate as a non-profit.
Client, a non-profit cultural
organization, seeks assistance amending its by-laws.
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.
*** Client, an unincorporated
New York-based theatre company that promotes French-American productions, seeks assistance
incorporating as a nonprofit and filing for tax-exempt status federally and in New York.
Client, an independent theater
which has its performances on ice, seeks an attorney to incorporate the theater as a non profit and apply
for tax exempt status.
Patent - Back to Top
Client, a New York-based
company that develops clothing for visually impaired children, is seeking an attorney to assist her
company with conducting a Freedom to Operate search in regard to using her invention.
Client, an apparel designer,
invented a women's fashion design that enhances the wearer's figure. Client seeks assistance assessing
the patentability of the invention and applying for a patent, if applicable.
Client seeks legal assistance
obtaining a patent for a jewelry design technique.
*** Client invented an identity
theft security system for which he filed a patent application pro se. Client seeks a patent attorney to
assist with redrafting the claims for his patent.
Client invented and designed a
special cap for soft drink cans. She seeks assistance assessing the patentability of her invention and
filing a patent application if possible.
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 - 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.
Client, inventor of a new type of
planting device, seeks assistance with filing a patent application for her invention.
14154 - On Review
Client is a furniture
designer who has created a new set of furniture. Client seeks the pro bono assistance of a volunteer
attorney to prepare and file a design patent application for her furniture.
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.
Estate/Landlord/Tenant - Back to Top
14242 - On Review
Client is a painter
who has worked out of his rent-stabilized loft apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1984. The
building’s new owners are planning to renovate and have asked Client to vacate and consider alternative
accommodations. Client is seeking a real estate attorney to assist him with negotiating with the landlords
for proper accommodations.
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
14227 - On Review
Client, a fashion
designer, seeks legal assistance to register trademarks for her clothing line's logo and a design used on
the apparel. Client also seeks assistance modifying her articles of organization to reflect that she is now
the sole owner.
Client is jeweler seeking legal
assistance to register the trademark for his business' logo.
14257 - On Review
assistance registering a trademark used in connection with marketing materials and apparel.
14169 - On Review
Client, the creator
of a mobile application, seeks a volunteer attorney to defend himself and his company against a
trademark infringement suit.
14016 - On Review
Client is a nonprofit
organization seeking legal assistance enforcing its right to a trademark against a party who is using a
confusingly similar name.
14243 - On Review
Client, the estate
of a New York-based graffiti artist who recently passed away, seeks an attorney to assist in the
enforcement of the artist trademark rights.