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Pro Bono Opportunities

Updated as of Tuesday, February 2, 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

15111 – On Review
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks assistance drafting release forms and obtaining filming permits prior to filming on a college campus.

 

Film/TV

15121 – New Case
Client, a literary publisher and editor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the terms of a life story rights option agreement for both film and television rights.

 

Mixed

15117 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit that brings artists into schools, seeks a volunteer to amend and negotiate a services contract for the outsourcing of financial, compliance and workforce administration.

 

Visual

15086 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit public art organization, seeks assistance reviewing and revising a fiscal sponsorship agreement.


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Contract/Copyright

 

Mixed

14817 – On Review
Client, the creator of a mobile app, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to renegotiate licensing agreements of songs used in the app for their use in a new medium.

 

Photography

14989 – On Review
Client, a photographer, seeks assistance to gain access to photographs to which she has joint copyright ownership

 

Visual

14783
Client, a graphic designer, seeks assistance recovering design fees for services and original artwork rendered to a former client.


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Copyright

Film

15055
Client, a filmmaker, seeks assistance responding to the removal of a video clip pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Takedown Notice for copyright infringement.

15049
Client, a screenwriter and sole author of a script, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain copyright protection for that script, where an adverse party has previously registered the same work in his own name.

 

Literary

15066 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks assistance in drafting a cease-and-desist and settlement agreement for infringement of her copyright in a painting she created.

 

Music

15100 – On Review
Client, a songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to bring a claim against a musical performer who sampled Client’s sound recording throughout the infringing song.

14997 – On Review
Client, a songwriter, seeks a volunteer attorney for further assessment of a potential copyright infringement claim.

 


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Corporate

Mixed

15113 – On Review
Client, a furniture designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine his legal remedies following his dismissal from an LLC.

 

Music

14742
Client, a folk singer, seeks an attorney to assist in determining her rights to songs held by a publishing company dissolved by tax proclamation and to assist her in determining what her tax liabilities are, vis a vis the dissolved corporation.


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Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Film/TV

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

 

Music

14986 – On Review
Client, a musician, seeks assistance terminating a contract with a musical engineer.

14696
Client seeks assistance recovering payments owed to him under a contract for sale of a concert recording.

 

Photography

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


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Employment

Theater

14859
Client, a former Broadway guitarist, seeks assistance to assess and potentially challenge the administrative denial of his request for pension benefits.


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Immigration

Fashion

14952
Client, a costume designer and image consultant, is currently on an F-1 visa and seeks a volunteer attorney to assist with an O-1 visa application.

 

Mixed

14826
Client, an actor and trapeze artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

 

Music

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

 

Theater

14951 – On Review
Client, an actress and director, seeks assistance obtaining a green card.


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Mediation


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Non-Profit

 


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Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

Visual

15080
Client, a visual artist, seeks legal advice and representation regarding his tenancy rights for a subleased apartment. The case is time sensitive as Client has a court appearance on December 23, 2015.

14806 – On Review
Client, a sculptor, seeks assistance determining her rights in a land dispute with a neighbor, and protecting her artworks on the disputed land.

14769 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover damages for artwork destroyed by mold and moisture in a leased premises.

 

 


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Trademark

Fashion

15116 – On Review
Client, a designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for her fashion brand.

14911
Client, a fashion designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the likelihood of success of a trademark infringement claim and file a claim against the adverse party if appropriate.

 

Visual

15020 – On Review
Client, a graphic designer and children’s book author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the likelihood of being granted a registered trademark, and assistance in re-filing a mark for trademark protection.

 


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Wills, Trusts or Estates

Music

14914 – On Review
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

14787
Client seeks assistance reclaiming money spent in her capacity as an agent of deceased artist, and if possible, fulfilling the artist’s wishes of donating his work to non-profit institutions.

 


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