Caselist

Last Updated: Thursday, June 30, 2022

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Receive CLE credit for pro bono work

VLA is approved to provide CLE credit to attorneys who provide pro bono legal services through our organization. Eligible pro bono activity is limited to legal services performed within New York State to clients unable to afford counsel, and is not available to attorneys volunteering at a clinic.

Credit for pro bono legal services shall be awarded in the following ratio: one (1) CLE credit for every 120 minutes of eligible pro bono legal service. A maximum of ten (10) pro bono CLE credits may be earned during any biennial reporting cycle.

Newly admitted New York attorneys may earn pro bono CLE credit only for the purpose of carrying over those credits to the following biennial reporting cycle, in partial fulfillment of the pro bono requirement for experienced attorneys.

 

 

Contract

 

Film/TV

17716 – NEW CASE
Client, an actor who has been offered an opportunity to write, and star in, a feature film, seeks assistance with drafting an agreement with the producer.

17698 – NEW CASE
Client, a not-for-profit theater company dedicated to hiring female, transgender and gender-expansive artists, seeks assistance drafting an agreement to film and distribute the live production of a play.

17689 – On Review
Client, a film producer, seeks assistance drafting an agreement to protect her contribution to a script about an historic figure.

 

Music

17713 – NEW CASE
Client, a pianist and music producer, seeks assistance negotiating a contract to license a 15-minute elaborate, symphonic musical work to a start-up financial technology firm for use in their marketing materials. The agreement is governed by the law of New Jersey.

17697
Client, a Texas-based musician, seeks assistance with terminating an artist management agreement with a New York-based manager.

17614 
Client,
a well-known figure from the 1960s New York LGBTQ+ ballroom culture, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate and redraft a Featured Artist Agreement governed by the law of England and Wales.

 

Photography

17717 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a photographer, seeks help drafting an agreement with a studio assistant to ensure that Client remains the sole owner of the work.

 

Theater

17683
Client, a performing artist who developed a technique to work with children and adults with special needs, seeks help licensing the technique to a not-for-profit organization.

17552
Client,
a playwright and performer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an agreement with collaborators in a musical tribute show.

 

Copyright

 

Film/TV

17604
Client, an arts administrator who produces arts and cultural programming, seeks a fair use assessment concerning use of unlicensed clips in a film about influential figures in Newark, NJ. If advisable, Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain licenses to use the clips.

17599
Client, a filmmaker who produced a documentary that uses stand-up comedy to illustrate social justice issues, seeks a fair use assessment concerning the use of unlicensed comedy clips in the film. If advisable, Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain licenses to use the clips.

17530
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate licenses and permissions for the production of a documentary about a Grateful Dead cover band.

17467 – On Review
Client, a screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the strength of a copyright infringement claim against a major media company to which he previously submitted a screenplay.

 

Music

17666
Client, a songwriter about whom a major media company in England is producing a documentary, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to establish ownership of copyright in songs she wrote in 1970, which will be featured in the film.

17644
Client, a musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain clearance for the use of sample tracks for songs Client has produced.

 

Theater

17711 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a playwright who wrote a musical revue that has been produced worldwide, seeks assistance evaluating his legal rights with respect to a new work that is based on his musical.

17651
Client, a performance artist who originated a character in the 1990s, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the viability of a copyright infringement claim against another performer whose character Client believes is similar to her own.

17462
Client, a small theater company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to a demand letter regarding the unauthorized use of photographs on their website.

 

Visual Arts

17554 
Client, a visual artist and designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the strength of a copyright infringement claim, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

 

Corporate

 

 

Defamation

 

Literary

17529
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess whether online comments about a defunct publisher may expose her to a potential claim for defamation.

 

Disputes

 

Film/TV

17725 – NEW CASE
Client, a graffiti artist whose work was used without permission in a film released on a streaming service, seeks assistance evaluating his legal rights and potential remedies against the filmmakers.

17647
Client, a screenwriter and writing coach, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a joint copyright dispute with a former student and collaborator.

17557
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate with the subject of her film, who now refuses to allow her to release and market the film. If he refuses to mediate or negotiate, an attorney should be prepared to litigate.

17531
Client, a screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue available avenues for recourse in response to infringement of his copyrighted screenplays by two Hollywood films.

17298
Client, an independent filmmaker and producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a breach of contract dispute with a director hired to work on Client’s docuseries.

 

Literary

17416
Client, the author of a self-published children’s book, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to help recover royalty payments from the book’s publisher, and to advise on termination of the agreement.

 

Music

17700 – NEW CASE
Client, the heir of her father’s music, seeks help settling a copyright issue with one of her father’s old collaborators who has re-released some of his music.

17655
Client, a musician who hired a filmmaker to direct and produce a documentary about his band, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with the director/producer, who is withholding, and profiting from, the footage.

17534
Client, a musician and record producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to request the takedown of an album he produced for a former collaborator with whom he no longer wishes to be associated.

17442
Client, a content creator and one half of a comedy duo, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a trademark ownership dispute with a former collaborator.

17137 – NEW CASE – ACTIVE LITIGATION
Client, a New Jersey-based musical artist, seeks representation in a contract dispute pending in the Kings County Supreme Court. A Preliminary Conference is set for July 22, 2022, and a Note of Issue must be filed by July 29, 2022.

16535 – NEW CASE
Client, a folk musician who co-founded a band and is a member of the band’s limited liability company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer litigator to assist with the dissolution of the LLC.

 

Photography

17652
Client
, a photographer and graphic designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover payment owed for photographic services performed for a jewelry company.

17487
Client, a visual artist and co-creator of a successful social media account, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to settle a dispute with his co-creator, and potentially engage in mediation.

 

Theater

17586
Client, Executive Director of a theatre promotion media company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a demand letter, and to dissolve a possible partnership while protecting him from liability and to recover unpaid wages.

17514
Client, a not-for-profit circus organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a member of the circus group who has been removed for alleged improper conduct.

 

Visual Arts

17650
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce her rights against a gallery that is advertising and selling unauthorized prints of her painting.

17640 – On Review
Client, a California-based sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a consignment dispute with a New York-based art gallery.

17594 
Client, a visual artist who made a collage that incorporates an image from another artist’s work, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to correspondence from a representative of the original artist alleging infringement and seeking a licensing fee.

17592 
Client, a professional realist painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent her in an ongoing lawsuit concerning a website that falsely attributes a painting to the client (Southern District of New York).

17554 
Client, a visual artist and designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the strength of a copyright infringement claim, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

 

Employment

 

Dance

17608
Client, a dance instructor who is creating an app and a website, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an agreement to hire an app and website developer.

 

Music

17701 – NEW CASE
Client, an organization that aims to offer health insurance options to musicians, seeks advice from an employment attorney on their business model.

 

Visual Arts

17601
Client, a conceptual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on the implications of employing a project manager, and to draft an agreement to engage the project manager.

 

Immigration

 

 

Mediation

 

 

Non-Profit

 

Dance

17430
Client, the founder and director of a not-for-profit dance company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to reinstate the organization’s tax-exempt status, which was revoked in 2012.

 

Mixed

17709 – On Review
Client, vice-president of a not-for-profit arts organization in Italy, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist her in forming a not-for-profit organization in New York to facilitate cultural and artistic support of American and Italian artists.

 

Music

17669
Client, a not-for-profit organization that promotes appreciation of the recorder, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain tax-exempt status and advise on compliance with tax filing requirements.

17643
Client, an organization established to promote opportunities for female musicians, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, apply for tax-exempt status and draft foundational documents.

17595
Clients, a cellist and a composer whose organization is dedicated to cultivating direct links between artists and audiences through narrative-driven musical experiences, seek the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit entity in New Jersey, apply for tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Theater

17636
Client, a not-for-profit organization that conducted theater workshops in correctional facilities, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to ensure the organization is in compliance with operational requirements.

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

 

Trademark

 

Design

17732 – NEW CASE
Client, a furniture designer, seeks assistance in doing a clearance search for and registering a trademark for her business.

 

Film/TV

17699 – NEW CASE
Client, a visual historian and documentarian, seeks assistance with registering trademarks for the title and logo of her new documentary series about Black art history.

 

Literary

17660 – On Review
Client, an author and poet, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for her creative business.

 

Music

17638 – LOW BONO REFERRAL
Client, the founder of a music ensemble that performs Baroque music, seeks assistance obtaining a trademark for the ensemble’s name.

17442
Client, a content creator and one half of a comedy duo, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a trademark ownership dispute with a former collaborator.

 

Visual Arts

17718 – NEW CASE
Client, a painter, muralist, and teacher, seeks assistance registering a trademark for her brand of educational products that are designed to teach children through creative play.

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Film/TV

17673
Client, a camera operator in the film and television industry, seeks the assistance of a volunteer lawyer to draft trust documents under his estate plan and update existing estate documents including a will, a power of attorney, a health care proxy and a living will.

 

Photography

17702 – On Review
Client, a photographer, is seeking estate planning advice. He has a will and 501(c)(3) charitable trust in place, and he would like to make sure that they are up-to-date. Client also is seeking advice on naming new executors and trustees.

17618
Client, an artist with a catalog of photographic, musical and performative works, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to update her will and living will, and advise on forming a trust to manage her creative works upon her death.

 

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