Caselist

Updated as of Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Available Cases

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with VLA by taking on a pro bono case!

Some cases may be on review with another attorney. As one case can only be on review with one attorney at a time, cases marked as “On Review” are not currently available. However, these cases may return to the list if not accepted by the reviewing attorney, so please indicate your interest so that your name may be added to the queue in the event the case becomes available.

To request a case, please email Laura Levin-Dando, VLA’s Pro Bono Coordinator, at probono@vlany.org. Please indicate the case number in the email subject line.

 

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

 

Contract

 

Film/TV

15753 – On Review
Client, a creative director and choreographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a license agreement for the life rights of a deceased, well-known, hip-hop DJ, in order to develop a film about his life.

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.

 

Mixed

15744 – On Review
A not-for-profit artists’ workspace, having completed mediation to negotiate the terms of its Founders’ retirements, seeks a volunteer attorney to draft the final separation agreements.

15743
Client, a sound engineer, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney in negotiating an agreement concerning the use of an antique recording that the Client has restored.

Copyright

 

Film/TV

15777 – On Review
Client, a scriptwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a cease and desist letter and a demand letter against a director who used Client’s autobiographical script and personal photographs to create a feature film.

15587 – On Review
Client, an independent filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a fair use opinion letter for the purpose of procuring producer’s errors and omissions insurance (“E&O Insurance”).

15471
Client, an independent film maker, seeks a volunteer attorney to clarify his ownership in a work that he began on behalf of another company, which canceled the project before it was complete. Client wishes to revive the work in a new project.

15055
Client, a filmmaker, seeks assistance drafting a fair use opinion letter, in response to the removal of a video clip pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Takedown Notice for copyright infringement.

 

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
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 may be running out in May 2017.

 

Music

15790 – New Case – On Review
Client, a well-known, old-school hip hop artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover past due royalties and negote a new agreement with the company that currently possesses his music catalogue.

15638 – On Review
Client, a songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist Client in demanding an accounting and payment of royalties and negotiating credit for use of the song in a Broadway musical.

 

 

Theater

15417
Client, a playwright, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to a cease and desist letter from a former collaborator, with respect to a work that was inspired by the collaborator’s personal experiences.

Corporate

 

Mixed

15725 – On Review
Client is an author, performance and teaching artist, seeking advice on whether to form a non-profit or for-profit company, and assistance in drafting and filing the appropriate documents.

Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Fashion

15708
Client, a fashion designer, seeks representation to resolve a dispute with his business partner, a materials designer. Client seeks to negotiate the business partner’s purchase of Client’s fully vested equity and resolution of conflicts over the corporation’s finances.

15628
Client, a designer of high-end handbags and women’s accessories, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover the balance of a delinquent payment for handbag design services rendered.

 

Film/TV

15518
Client, the director of a documentary film, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue injunctive relief against his partner and to dissolve their LLC. Client has actively engaged in settlement negotiations with the partner, who has opted to pursue the matter in court.

15499
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce a settlement agreement between Client and former business partner.

15278
Client, a toy plane enthusiast who creates flight videos, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to bring suit against a YouTube user who has uploaded Client’s video without permission. Client has already engaged in DMCA takedown procedures to no avail.

15255
Client, a film screenplay writer and director, seeks assistance to receive credit and compensation for his contributions to a film collaboration.

15224
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in a copyright claim against a film distributor.

15106
Client, a media producer, seeks the assistance of an attorney in recouping back pay owed by an employer.

 

Music

15706
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.

15563
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
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.

 

Photography

15769 – New Case
Client, a Japanese photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover money from his agent for work he completed in October and November 2016. Client believes he is owed $18,000.

15510
Client, a Los Angeles-based photographer, seeks assistance in drafting a settlement demand letter to recover expenses from high- profile, New York-based photo subjects who withdrew from a photography project.

 

Visual

15786 – New Case
Client, a performance artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover raw footage from a videographer who refuses to provide the footage, despite having signed a work-for-hire agreement.

15758
Client, a visual artist, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to demand the return of her paintings from previous employer.

15438
Client, a freelance lighting and video/projection designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain compensation owed for design and installation projection work created for a musical theater production.

15433
Client, freelance graphic/website designer and developer seeks a volunteer attorney to obtain compensation for design and development work performed for a website that he co-founded.

15411
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate payment or return of two sculptures which Client consigned to a real estate developer.

15375
Client, a mixed media visual artist, seeks a volunteer attorney to defend her in a small claim brought by a subcontracted shipping company and to assist her in counterclaims against both the subcontractor and the contracted shipping company for failure to deliver her works to the designated destination as originally agreed.

Employment

Immigration

 

Dance

15479 – On Review
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 – On Review
Client, a jewelry designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

 

Film/TV

15733
Client, an actress from Romania, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney with her third O-1 visa renewal. Client’s current visa expires on September 16, 2017.

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.

 

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

 

Theater

15734 – On Review
Client, an organization dedicated to connecting audiences with integrity in theater through realism, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to incorporate, acquire tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

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

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.

Trademark

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Dance

15576
Client, a dancer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to transfer assets into an existing living trust.

 

Film

15752
Client, the daughter of well- known stage actors, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to compel the removal of a negligent executor of her mother’s estate and return executorship to her in order to properly settle the estate.

 

Literary

15736 – On Review
Client, a poet and art writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, living will, and health care proxy.

15674
Client, a published poet, author, playwright, and professor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, living will, and healthcare proxy.

 

Mixed

15686 – On Review
Client, a retired actor and craftsman, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to re-draft his will, living will and health care proxy.