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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
14221 - On Review
Client, a film
producer, seeks advice on appropriate SEC filings. Client has a private placement memorandum and
subscription agreement which he needs reviewed.
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
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.
Client seeks legal assistance
negotiating song royalties with the other members of her former band.
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, the founder of a
publishing company, seeks a volunteer attorney to review a literary publishing contract.
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 provided original music
for two theatrical performances that were filmed and subsequently sold in DVD format without his
permission. Client seeks an attorney to assist him with receiving compensation.
Client, an 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, a textile designer,
whose textile pattern has possibly been infringed by a Canadian textile company, seeks assistance to
send a cease and desist letter to a Canadian textile company, which is selling a similar pattern. Client
also seeks advice on assessing the merits of an infringement claim.
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the
assistance of a volunteer attorney to evaluate his liability for infringement and violation of the right of
publicity and negotiate with the adverse party the rights to distribute the film. Client also needs
assistance obtaining errors and omissions insurance.
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.
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.
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.
14114 - On Review
photographer, seeks a volunteer attorney to stop adverse party from the unauthorized use of her videos on
the internet and of the unauthorized use of her photographs on adverse party's merchandise.
Client is a photographer
seeking advice concerning a blog using one of her photos without permission. Client wants the blog to
give her name attribution.
Corporate - Back to Top
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 artist seeks assistance
incorporating an LLC.
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
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.
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
14218 - On Review
Client is a
performer seeking legal representation for a lawsuit that has been brought against him for breach of
contract and defamation.
Employment - Back to
14254 - On Review
*** Client is a
fashion stylist that has been called for a hearing with the NY Department of Labor due to a claim from a
previous assistant for unemployment benefits. Client has not been paying unemployment insurance or
worker's compensation because she hires assistants on a project basis and believes they are independent
Immigration - Back to
Client, a Venezuelan actor,
seeks legal assistance applying for an O-1 visa.
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.
Client, an Argentinean actress
working in the United States, seeks legal assistance obtaining an O-1 Visa.
Client is a singer and actress
seeking to apply for an O-1 visa.
Mediation - Back to Top
14164 - On Review
mediation in a dispute regarding the operation of an art gallery she opened with her partner in 2010. The
parties seek mediation to discuss the terms of their working relationship, and to settle a dispute
regarding access to the gallery's financial information. ***Open to attorneys who have attended VLA's
MediateArt Training program
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
14041 - On Review
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
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.
Patent - Back to Top
Client seeks legal assistance
obtaining a patent for a jewelry design technique.
*** 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.
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.
14120 - On Review
Client is the
inventor of an electronic musical. Client seeks the assistance of a patent attorney for applying for a
patent for his invention.
Estate/Landlord/Tenant - Back to Top
*** 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.
13762 - On Review
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
Client is jeweler seeking legal
assistance to register the trademark for his business' logo.
14257 - On Review
*** Client seeks
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.
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.