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Pro Bono Opportunities

Updated as of Tuesday July 19, 2016

Open Cases

Some cases may be unavailable, as they are already on review with another attorney. The Case List marks these cases as “On Review.” These cases may return to the list if not placed with the reviewing attorney.

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

 


 

Contract

  

Film

15319 – On Review
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and re-draft of a consulting agreement with a visual artist.

 

Film/TV

15306 – On Review
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise her of her rights under an agreement with a production company that performed post-production services for her, and to negotiate on her behalf.

 

Music

15353 – New Case
Client, a jazz and R&B vocalist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to dispute a wrongfully terminated employment agreement.

15374 – New Case – On Review
Client, a musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an agreement outlining the roles and rights of band members.

15325 – On Review
Client, a soul singer and songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a synchronization license regarding the use of Client’s song in a film.

 

Visual

15311 – New Case – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to send a letter to the Client’s gallery formally terminating their representation of Client and demanding an accounting of and payment for those of Client’s works that were previously sold by the gallery, as well as the return of the remainder of Client’s works still in the Gallery’s possession.

15304 – On Review
Client, an internationally-based visual artist, seeks assistance terminating an agreement with a New York-based licensing agent.

 


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Contract/Copyright

 

Film

14988
Client, a filmmaker, seeks assistance in obtaining and negotiating licensing agreements for her upcoming film project.

 


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Copyright

 

Film

15278 – On Review
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.

15224 – On Review
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in a potential copyright claim against another filmmaker.

 

Film/TV

15289 – On Review
Client, a screenwriter and producer, seeks assistance to review a letter of intent and draft and negotiate a buyout agreement with a former collaborator on a web series.

 

Literary

15194
Client, a screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney for a rights of publicity and fair use assessment for his screenplay based on real life events.
*This is a New Jersey matter.

15180 – On Review
Client, a creator of greeting cards, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine whether certain illustrations that he used are in the public domain, and if they are not, he would like assistance in licensing those images.

 

Music

15100 – On Review
Client, a songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce the copyright in a sound recording, which a musical performer sampled in another sound recording without his permission.

 

Theater

15148
Client, a playwright, seeks assistance licensing literature and poetry, which Client intends to incorporate into a play and set to music.

 

Visual

15275
Client, the daughter of deceased illustrator, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise her on her rights regarding a publisher that used her father’s illustrations without authorization, and to pursue a claim if appropriate.


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Corporate

Fashion

15297 – On Review
Client, a menswear apparel designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and redraft a letter of engagement regarding a capital transaction for Client’s fashion brand.

 

Film

15372 – New Case – On Review
Client, an independent full service film producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC for her film production business.

 

 


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Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Fashion

15228
Client, a fashion designer, seeks assistance obtaining payment for the use of designs she created, pursuant to an agreement.

 

Film

15295
Client, a photographer and actor, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist with recovering payment for contracted services.

 

Film/TV

15369 – New Case
Client, an actor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover compensation that his former talent agent is withholding.

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

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

 

Music

15219
Client, a songwriter, seeks assistance to collect his share of record sales of albums co-written with Adverse Party.

 

Photography

15316 – On Review
Client, an internationally-based photographer, seeks assistance recovering compensatory damages for use of his photographs in breach of a previously negotiated settlement agreement with New York-based art gallery.

15012
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to terminate a partnership with his collaborator.

 

Visual

15375 – New Case
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. Client’s court date is August 17, 2016.

15355 – New Case
Client, a painter, seeks compensation for a painting that was damaged while being displayed in a coffee shop.

15339
Client, a visual artist, seeks assistance in recovering one of his pieces from a gallerist in breach of a consignment agreement. If unable to recover the physical artwork, Client would like to recover the retail value of the piece.

15258
Client, an art curator, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recoup back pay owed to her by her former employer.

15247 – On Review
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine whether he has a viable claim under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), and to bring a claim if appropriate.

 


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Employment

 

 


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Immigration

 

Fashion

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

 

Film

15276
Client, an actor whose student visa expires in 2020, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

 

Music

14706
Client, a singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

 

Visual

15161
Client, a visual artist whose OPT visa expires in July 2016, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.


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Mediation


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Non-Profit

 

Film

15351
Client, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating documentaries on visual arts and culture, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to dissolve the organization.

 

Mixed

15373 – New Case – On Review
Client, an organization whose mission is to create, produce, and promote theater accessible to people of all backgrounds, seeks assistance incorporating as a not-for-profit corporation in the state of New York and obtaining tax exempt status.

15328
Client, a media arts not-for-profit organization seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to dissolve, and to assign its assets to another organization.

15299 – On Review
Client, an organization aimed at generating collaborative and educational exchange through media, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to incorporate as a New York nonprofit, and to obtain tax-exempt status.

 

Visual

15362 – New Case
Client, a Texas-incorporated not-for-profit organization, dedicated to providing interdisciplinary art education in connection with the sciences, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to move its operations to New York.

15133
Client, an organization that seeks to educate the public about science through large-scale, public art projects, seeks a volunteer attorney to form a non-profit corporation and apply for tax exempt status.

15183
Client, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study of Italian art and architecture, seeks assistance relocating to New York and revising its bylaws.

15154
Client, a for-profit art exhibition space and artistic collective, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to incorporate as a not-for-profit organization and to obtain 501(c)(3) status.


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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.

 

Visual

15272
Client, a writer and multimedia artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in receiving payment for flooding damage to her loft apartment.

 


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Trademark

 

 

Film

15370 – New Case – On Review
Client, a founder of a New York based-film production company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess whether a mark is associated with Client’s company can be protected by trademark law, and to register for trademark protection, if appropriate.

 

 

Visual

15327 – New Case
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess whether a mark that is associated with promoting Client’s visual artwork can be protected by trademark law, and to register for trademark protection, if appropriate.

 


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Wills, Trusts or Estates

 

Fashion

15383 – New Case
Client, a fashion designer of women’s apparel, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, living will, and health care proxy.

 

Music

14914
Client, a beneficiary of her mother’s estate, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a petition for a full accounting with the Surrogate’s Court in order to collect performance royalties she is entitled to through the estate.

 

Visual

15346 – New Case
Client, a nationally renowned visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to re-draft her will, draft a living will and health care proxy, and discuss the possibility forming a foundation.

15337 – New Case
Client, a painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will that addresses her wishes for her artworks internationally, while maintaining a separate will addressing her assets in India.

15345
Client, an installation artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will.

15341
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will.

15332
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to update a previously drafted will, to reflect client’s current financial situation and career.

15309
Client, the son of a deceased paper-sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the likelihood of successfully contesting his father’s will.

 


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