Caselist

Updated as of Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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Contract
Copyright
Corporate
Dispute/Litigation/Negotiation
Employment
Immigration
Mediation
Non-Profit
Patent
Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant
Trademark
Wills, Trusts, or Estates

 

Contract

 

Film/TV

15949 – New Case – On Review
Client, a producer and script-writer who wrote a script based on her experiences working at a university call center, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess potential non-disclosure and privacy issues associated with the script and to draft agreements clarifying ownership in the work.

15913 – On Review
Client, an independent filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an investor agreement to secure funding for an envisioned film project.

 

Theater

15893 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit theater company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft agreements to co-produce a play at a theater festival in New York City.

 

Visual

15934 – New Case – On Review
Client, an artist donating pieces of original artwork to a museum, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a contract.

15897 – On Review
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the terms of a contract with a current client, and to draft a sales agreement he can provide to future buyers of his artwork.

Copyright

 

Film/TV

15929 – New Case – On Review
C
lient, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to  for a fair use assessment regarding his use of two video clips and four musical recordings in a documentary film about projects that will not be completed in their creator’s lifetime.

 

Literary

15665
Client, a writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a demand letter to the estate of her former partner, and joint copyright holder, to facilitate an accounting of past financial records and to ensure future royalty payments.

15585 – On Review
Client, an author and screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a letter to a publishing company and author regarding a potentially infringing novel with substantial similarities to Client’s screenplay. The statute of limitations on Client’s claim have run out in May 2017.

 

Visual

15856
Client, a painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to the offering of his original works that are being offered for sale on an online auction site without his permission.

Corporate

 

Theater

15904 – On Review
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Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Film/TV

15948 – New Case – On Review
Client, a filmmaker and script-writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to stop a producer from using Client’s script. Client alleges that the producer breached several provisions of their signed agreement and made several misrepresentations to induce Client’s signature.

15537
Client, a retired professor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to compel a documentary filmmaker to fulfill his oral contract by providing copies of footage and photographs he took of the professor and her property.

 

Literary

15885 – On Review
Client, the author of a biography about his father, a historic billiards champion, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to prevent the sale of an earlier version of the book, which he believes was misappropriated.

15809 
Client is the daughter-in-law of a notable actor, author, and radio celebrity, now deceased. Client seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to help her collect past due royalty payments inherited from Client’s late father-in-law’s publication of a book on hypnosis.

 

Music

15937 – New Case – On Review
Client, a composer whose music has been performed on television, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover royalties he has not received from his music publisher.

15859 – On Review
Client, a singer/songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the terms of his release from a management agreement with a record company.

15706 – On Review
Client, a singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce her rights against a producer who has breached an agreement with Client, by drafting a demand letter and pursuing litigation, if appropriate.

15684 – On Review
Client, a songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue a copyright infringement claim against a well-known musical performer.

15563 – On Review
Client, a composer and music producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist with receiving compensation from someone who has failed to pay. Client also seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to clarify his intellectual property rights to his composed work.

15520 – On Review
Client, a composer and producer, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist in negotiations with a former client over intellectual property rights and payment collection.

15453
Client, a vocalist and founding member of a rock band, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist in an ongoing civil suit brought by the owner of a record label company. The case is taking place in Cayuga County.

 

 

Theater

15886 – On Review
Client, a playwright, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate various issues related to his relationship with an Off- Broadway theater producer, primarily negotiating a buy-out of a co-authorship contract.

 

Visual

15940 – New Case – On Review
Client, a painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover paintings from the new owners of a building that was previously owned by Client’s family. Client only recently discovered that her paintings were being stored in the building.

15770 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to send a letter to online merchants that are using Client’s artwork on their products and to take further action against these parties, if advisable.

Employment

 

Immigration

 

Dance

15479
Client, a dancer whose current work authorization expires in June 2017, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine the best course of action for him to secure a green card.

 

Fashion

15376 
Client, a jewelry designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

 

Film/TV

15920
Client, a film director and professor from Greece, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

15916 
Client, a Canadian film producer working in the U.S. on an O1-B visa, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for a green card.

15882
Client, an actress who has been featured in Australian television series and national commercials, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

15713
Client, an actor from Spain, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine the best course of action for her to secure a green card.

 

Mixed

15917
Client, an architect, illustrator, game inventor and visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O- 1 visa.

 

Music

15941 
Client, a professional violinist and violin instructor from Denmark, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

 

Theater

15448 
Client, an actor from Spain, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa or a green card.

Mediation

Non-Profit

 

Film/TV

15908 – On Review
Client, an expanding not-for- profit organization that supports independent filmmakers, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to update its bylaws.

 

 

Visual

15748 – On Review
Client, an organization devoted to promoting the work of a Cuban artist and providing academic scholarships for students, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, acquire tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

Dance

15932
Client, the occupant of a dance studio, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with his landlord regarding a leaking roof and mold accumulation in his space.

15245
Client, a dance instructor and the owner of a children’s dance studio, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent Client in an ongoing dispute with the studio’s landlord.

 

Visual

15862 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit organization that provides workspaces for emerging artists, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to help them take the necessary measures to purchase their current facility.

Trademark

 

Film/TV

15909 – On Review
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register the trademark for the name and logo of her new television series and line of associated products.

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Visual

15863 
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, living will, and health care proxy.

15779 
Client, an accomplished painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, a living will, and health care proxy.