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Pro Bono Opportunities

Updated as of Tuesday, April 26, 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

 

Dance

15248 – New Case – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit dance education program, seeks the assistance of an attorney in drafting a contract for use in an internship program.

 

Film

15108 – On Review
Client, a writer and filmmaker, seeks the advice and assistance of an attorney in drafting a consulting agreement.

 

Literary

15250 – New Case – On Review
Client, a blacksmith and sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and negotiate a literary publishing agreement concerning a book Client will be writing about the craft of blacksmithing.

15215 – On Review
Client, an author, seeks a volunteer attorney to review her publicity contract to determine if she can publish a book that has been licensed to a publishing company.

 

Photography

15251 – New Case – On Review
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of an attorney in revising a contract template used for special events.

 

Theater

15131 – On Review
Client, a theatrical production company, seeks assistance drafting artist agreements for an upcoming production.

 

Visual

15222
Client, an artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney with drafting a letter of agreement for illustrations that will be used in a poetry book.


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Contract/Copyright

 

Film

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


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Copyright

 

Film

15240 – New Case – On Review
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to facilitate the licensing and clearance process for a documentary film.

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

 

Literary

15238 – New Case – On Review
Client, the author of a novel, seeks assistance assessing the likelihood of success in bringing a copyright infringement claim against the author and publisher of an allegedly infringing novel.

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
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.


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Corporate

 

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.

 

Theater

15208 – On Review
Client, a theater production company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in forming an LLC.

 


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Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Dance

15249 – New Case
Client, a dance studio dedicated to the study of a specialized Japanese dance form, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to false and derogatory comments posted on the Internet.

 

Fashion

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

 

Film

15212 – On Review
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue and represent Client in a mediation with Client’s LLC partner to settle a dispute between the parties in connection to the LLC arising from the production of a film.

15201 – On Review
Client, a film director, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with the film’s producers regarding breach of contract.

 

Film/TV

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

 

Literary

15241 – New Case
Client, an author, is the defendant in a copyright infringement suit and seeks a volunteer attorney to defend her and assist her in ongoing settlement negotiations. Client has a deadline to notify the judge of her intent to file a 12(c) motion of April 29, 2016.

15233 – On Review
Client, a writer, found a photograph on the internet, which he posted to his website to accompany a blog post. Client seeks assistance defending a copyright infringement suit initiated by the rightsholders of the photograph.

 

Music

15225 – On Review
Client, a keyboardist and tour manager, seeks assistance in recovering payments due after a European tour.

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

 

Photography

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

 

Theater

15203
Client, a playwright, seeks assistance defending against a defamation lawsuit regarding a post on social media.

 

Visual

15229 – On Review
Client, an internationally-based visual artist, seeks assistance in recovering 30 works of art from a gallerist in breach of a consignment agreement.

 


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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

 

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 file an O-1 visa application.


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Mediation


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Non-Profit

 

Film

15235 – New Case – On Review
Client, a film festival organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to incorporate as a not-for-profit and apply for tax-exempt status.

 

Visual

15227 – New Case
Client, members of a not-for- profit arts organization, seek assistance assessing their rights to contest potentially questionable conduct of the organization’s board members.

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.

15190
Client, the founder of a multidisciplinary not-for-profit arts organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to dissolve the organization, and to resolve a tax-lien imposed due to the organization’s debt.

15183 – On Review
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 – New Case
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

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 trial date for February 22, 2016.

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.

 

 


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Trademark

 

Fashion

15226 – New Case – On Review
Client, a fashion designer, seeks assistance registering a federal trademark for her clothing line.

15122 – On Review
Client, a fashion designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to trademark the logo used to market Client’s line of 3D printed hats.

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.


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Wills, Trusts or Estates

 

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

15246 – New Case
Client, a painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will and create a trust to benefit artist-employees of a museum.
*This is a New Jersey matter.

15199 – On Review
Client, a painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will.

15200 – On Review
Client, a painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will.

15146 – On Review
Client, a photographer and writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will that addresses her artworks.

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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