Caselist

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 16, 2022

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Some cases may be on review with another attorney. As one case can only be on review with one attorney at a time, cases marked as “On Review” are not currently available. However, these cases may return to the list if not accepted by the reviewing attorney, so please indicate your interest so that your name may be added to the queue in the event the case becomes available.

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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.

Film/TV

17758 – NEW CASE
Client, an actor, writer and musician who created a unique stage character, seeks assistance with terminating a collaboration agreement with a director and creative producer, which might include representation for mediation.

Literary

17741 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a retired musician writing a memoir, seeks assistance with drafting changes to a contract with a literary agent.

Music

17753 – On Review
Client, a performance artist, seeks assistance with terminating an artist management agreement.

17697 – On Review
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.

Theater

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

Film/TV

17723
Client, the director of a documentary focusing on LGBTQ+ human rights issues in Iran, seeks a fair use assessment concerning use of unlicensed material in the film.

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.

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
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.

17351
Client, a playwright who has written a play based on historical events in Germany during World War II, seeks the assistance of an attorney familiar with German law to analyze potential risks related to the historical figures’ rights of publicity.

Film/TV

17723
Client, the director of a documentary focusing on LGBTQ+ human rights issues in Iran, seeks a fair use assessment concerning use of unlicensed material in the film.

17604 – On Review
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 – On Review
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.

 

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 – On Review
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
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.

17351
Client, a playwright who has written a play based on historical events in Germany during World War II, seeks the assistance of an attorney familiar with German law to analyze potential risks related to the historical figures’ rights of publicity.

Mixed

17674 – On Review
Client, the co-founder of an expanding artist collective currently operating as a fiscally-sponsored LLC, seeks advice as to which corporate entity is the best for their operations.

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.

Dance

17756 
Client, a dancer, educator, and advocate for equitable practices within the dance industry, seeks assistance with recovering compensation from a dance publication company for the unauthorized use of his teaching materials on a subscription-based service.

Film/TV

17743
Client, a filmmaker, is seeking advice regarding her legal rights to stop another filmmaker from using footage of her in his film.

17729 – On Review
Client, an actor who appeared in a 2019 commercial for a meal delivery service, seeks assistance in requesting additional compensation for the continued airing of the commercial.

17725
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.

17724 – On Review
Client, a comedian, actor and writer, seeks assistance with resolving an issue with a former co-worker who is damaging his reputation.

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.

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

17662 – NEW CASE
Client, an author who had ended her relationship with an online publisher in 2012, seeks assistance with preventing her former publisher from continuing to sell her book and receive outstanding royalty payments.

Music

17715
Client, a musician, seeks an assessment as to whether he has a valid copyright infringement claim, and to pursue relief, if appropriate.

17700
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 – On Review
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.

16535 – On Review
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

17768 – NEW CASE – On Review
Client, a photographer, seeks assistance with recovering compensation from a national publication that used his photograph without consent.

17487 – On Review
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 – On Review
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

17750 – NEW CASE
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to help him obtain a copy of video files featuring both him and his artwork.

17730 – NEW CASE
Client, a sculptor, seeks assistance with pursuing claims against a performance company for their failure to attribute the creation of an artwork to Client, and with pursuing a world-renowned artist for wrongfully claiming copyright in the work.

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).

Dance

17756 – NEW CASE
Client, a dancer, educator, and advocate for equitable practices within the dance industry, seeks assistance with recovering compensation from a dance publication company for the unauthorized use of his teaching materials on a subscription-based service.

Fashion

17757 – NEW CASE
Client, a photographer, seeks payment for unpaid invoices associated with contract work she performed for an art gallery, as well as for merchandise from her apparel brand that the art gallery refuses to return.

Film/TV

17743
Client, a filmmaker, is seeking advice regarding her legal rights to stop another filmmaker from using footage of her in his film.

17729 – On Review
Client, an actor who appeared in a 2019 commercial for a meal delivery service, seeks assistance in requesting additional compensation for the continued airing of the commercial.

17725
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.

17724 – NEW CASE
Client, a comedian, actor and writer, seeks assistance with resolving an issue with a former co-worker who is damaging his reputation.

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.

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.

Music

17715
Client, a musician, seeks an assessment as to whether he has a valid copyright infringement claim, and to pursue relief, if appropriate.

17700
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.

16535
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

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

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).

Music

17738 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit woodwind quintet, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to remove a member of the group.

Music

17669 – On Review
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.

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 – On Review
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.

 

Visual Arts

17657 – On Review
Clients, the owners and founders of a community arts center, seek assistance with forming a not-for-profit organization, applying for tax-exempt status, and drafting foundational documents.

17737
Client seeks a patent attorney to assess the patentability of a handheld visually interactive toy, and to file a nonprovisional patent application if appropriate. Client requires assistance before May 5, 2023.

17734 
Client, a jewelry designer, seeks assistance evaluating the patentability of a jewelry closure invention, and applying for a patent, if appropriate.

17404 – On Review
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the patentability of a battery-powered shopping cart, and to apply for a patent if appropriate.

Fashion

17754 
Client, the creator of a line of branded apparel and accessories with the mission of promoting self-love and acceptance, seeks assistance responding to a federal trademark opposition, filed by a beverage company. Client filed her answer on August 8, 2022.

 

Film/TV

17699 – On Review
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.

 

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.

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

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.

 

Visual Arts

17774 – NEW CASE
Client, a multimedia installation artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on estate planning, and to assist in establishing a trust, drafting a new will, and drafting a living will.

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