Caselist

Updated as of Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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

 

 

 

Contract

Film

16134 – On Review
Client, a filmmaker who authored a web series, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a crew deal memo.

16131 – On Review
Client, a filmmaker who authored a web series, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a Producer Agreement.

16119 – On Review
Client, a student filmmaker producing her first feature length film, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a talent agreement with SAG-AFTRA actors in an ultra-low budget film.

15986 – On Review
Client, a videographer who filmed rare footage of New York City in the 1980s, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and negotiate a license agreement she received from a production company that wants to use her footage in a documentary.

Literary

16059 – On Review
Client, an author co-writing a romantic novel based on her personal correspondences with a partner, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a collaboration agreement.

16013 – On Review
Client, an author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute regarding funds that a publisher paid her under a contract, to regain intellectual property rights in the works covered under the parties’ contract, and to enforce her privacy rights which she believes her publisher has violated.

Theater

16098 – On Review
Client, a musical producer, seeks assistance with drafting a contract with a potential front money investor.

Visual

16113 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks advice from a volunteer attorney in drafting an investor agreement for a gallery show.

16090 – On Review
Client, a multimedia installation artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a contract for the sale of three installations to collectors in France and Israel.

Copyright

Film/TV

16043 – On Review
Client, a screenwriter whose former collaborator completed and released their joint project without Client’s participation or approval, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney evaluate her options, including mediation, in order to demand credit for the project or to have it removed from the internet.

Literary

16110 
Client, an art historian who compiled a series of narratives from interviews with artists, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an agreement allowing her to use the product of the interviews in future works.

Photography

16066 – On Review
Client, a photographer, seeks a volunteer attorney to draft a demand letter for breach of a Creative Commons license by a major sports network in a broadcast, and by ongoing display of the images. The Creative Commons license requires that he be given attribution as the photographer, which the network failed to do.

Visual

15856
Client, a painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to the offering of his original works for sale on an online auction site without his permission.

 

Corporate

Film/TV

16146 – On Review
Client, a television producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in forming an LLC for his production company.

Music

16140 – On Review
Client, a professional musician, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to help him with the formation of an LLC for his growing talent booking business.

 

 

Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

Fashion

16138 – New Case
Client, a sculptural hat designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to help her pursue a copyright infringement claim with a television network that features a very similar design in a new television series.

Film/TV

16144 – On Review
Client, a professional actress, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to help her negotiate a workplace harassment and retaliation claim with a major media network.

16091 
Client, a screenwriter, director, and producer, who has filed a complaint in Federal Court, seeks assistance from a volunteer attorney to assist with litigation among himself and his adverse parties in a copyright infringement and contract breach action.

16053 – On Review
Client, a founding member of a media company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in navigating a dispute with his former business partner in regard to conflicting interests in their LLC.

16056 
Client, the producer of a documentary about historical events in his hometown, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assert his rights in the film, as his former co-producer cut him out of the project.

15983 
Client, a director/producer who created a film about parents with disabilities, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain permission to use footage of his son and ex-partner, who has revoked permission to use the footage.

15969 – On Review
Client, a film producer who co-created a documentary about a music summer camp, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a business partner who has continued the project without Client’s participation or approval.

15777 – On Review
Client, a scriptwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a director who used the client’s autobiographical script and personal photographs to create a feature film.

Literary

15809 
Client is the daughter-in-law of a notable actor, author, and radio celebrity, now deceased. Client seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to help her collect past due royalty payments inherited from Client’s late father-in-law’s publication of a book on hypnosis.

16085 – On Review
Client, co-authors of a novel based on their life, seek the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a demand letter to recover a digital version of their novel that was promised to them by their previous publisher in a release agreement.

Photography

16011
Client, a the recipient of a sizable photography grant, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a former partner who received half of the grant to promote the project.

Visual

16104 – On Review
Client, a glass sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the strength of a copyright claim against a sponsor who created a work similar to Client’s, and to pursue damages if appropriate.

15974 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain compensation and credit from a school that used her self-portrait on a promotional banner without her permission.

 

Employment

 

Immigration

Dance

15479 
Client, a dancer whose current work authorization expired in June 2017, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine the best course of action for him to secure a green card.

Film/TV

15920 
Client, a film director and professor from Greece, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

15916 
Client, a Canadian film producer working in the U.S. on an O1-B visa, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for a green card.

15713 – On Review
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.

Mixed

15917
Client, a Canadian architect, illustrator, game inventor and visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O- 1 visa.

Theater

15882 – On Review
Client, an actress who has been featured in Australian television series and national commercials, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

15448 
Client, an actor from Spain, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa or a green card.

Visual

16105 – New Case
Client, a Spanish journalist and the wife of a Spanish visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to complete the process of applying for either an I or an O3 visa.

 

Mediation

 

Non-Profit

Mixed

16154 – New Case
Client, founder of an organization dedicated to connecting young artists with mentors, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to help incorporate her organization and obtain a tax-exempt status.

16107 
Client, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting artists and political activists with a focus on oppositional culture, seeks assistance in revising the organization’s bylaws to better reflect the organization’s needs and to ensure compliance with current New York law.

16077 – On Review
Clients, a youth outreach organization attempting to educate girls and women in low-income communities in the arts, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, obtaining tax exempt status, and drafting foundational documents.

Music

16076 – New Case
Client, a program that seeks to provide music education to K-12 students, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, obtain tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

15972 
Client, a program that provides music instruction in assisted living facilities and senior centers, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, obtain tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

Theater

16079 
Client, an organization that develops site-specific theatrical productions, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain tax-exempt status and seeks advice regarding not-for-profit compliance.

16074 – On Review
Client, an organization dedicated to storytelling and female expression, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, acquire tax-exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

Visual

16118 – On Review
Client, the niece of a prominent Middle Eastern artist based in the United States, is in the process of forming a not-for-profit organization which aims to share and preserve the artistic legacy of the artist and benefit working-class Palestinian women and children living within the borders of Mandate Palestine and other Arab countries. She seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain tax-exempt status and to draft foundational documents.

16003 
Client, an organization devoted to the legacy of a New York based, abstract painter and performance artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in forming a not-for-profit corporation, drafting foundational documents, and obtaining tax-exempt status.

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

Dance

15932 – On Review
Client, the occupant of a dance studio, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with his landlord regarding a leaking roof and mold accumulation in his space.

 

Trademark

Fashion

16139 – On Review
Client, a t-shirt designer who owns a federally registered trademark, seeks assistance and advice regarding the strength of his mark and the likelihood of success in a trademark infringement lawsuit against allegedly infringing online sellers.

Mixed

16061 – On Review
Client, is a yoga instructor who combines classical yoga techniques with the fluid, efficient motions and stances of Kung Fu in order to balance and bring harmony to the body. Client seeks advice about legally protectable branding strategies and assistance with registration of trademarks.

Visual

16100 – On Review
Client, an interdisciplinary artist who created a series of card intended to facilitate infant brain development, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark.

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Theater

16070
Client, a former actor, seeks assistance from a volunteer attorney to revise her will, change the power of attorney for health care decisions (“Health Care Proxy”), and draft a general power of attorney.

Visual

15779 
Client, an accomplished painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, a living will, and health care proxy.