Caselist

Updated as of Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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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/TV

16343
Client, a film producer who is collaborating on a film with a director and another producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney with experience in the film industry to negotiate contracts with respect to the parties’ rights and obligations in the project.

 

Music

16394
Client, a vocalist and songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate an agreement with a music producer.

 

Photography

16348
Client, the friend of a deceased artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a contract with the artist’s heirs in order to be named as the curator of the artist’s oeuvre, and to troubleshoot legal issues regarding the display of the artist’s works and the creation of derivative works.

 

Copyright

 

Film/TV

16125 – On Review
Client, a documentary filmmaker producing a film about a drag and burlesque collective in Brooklyn, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain the rights to several songs featured in the film’s footage of subjects’ performances.

 

Corporate

 

 

Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Fashion

16322 – On Review
Client, a fashion designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to stop online stores from infringing her copyright in her photography and shoe designs.

 

Film/TV

16409
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with his co-producer over investment in a movie project.

16398 
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to navigate a dispute with her former business partner with respect to conflicting interests in their film and related business entity.

16374
Client, a film director, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent Client in a dispute between the Client and one of the film’s producers over lack of credit and Client’s removal from a project.

16307 
Client, a screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess Client’s rights against a film company that released a film with strong similarities to Client’s copyrighted screenplay, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

16239 
Client, a not-for-profit filmmaking organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to a former collaborator who harassed a board member, filed an ethics complaint against Client and its president, and continues to speak disparagingly about Client in the filmmaking community.

16181 – On Review
Client, a radio documentary producer whose work is featured in a documentary film without her permission, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a cease and desist letter, and to either negotiate a new license agreement or potentially bring a breach of contract claim against involved parties.

16043 
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.

15969
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 
Client, a scriptwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a director who used Client’s autobiographical script and personal photographs to create a feature film.

 

Literary

16387 – On Review
Client, an artist and writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney for negotiation and possible mediation of a copyright dispute over her late husband’s estate.

16121 – On Review
Client, the author of several well-known books, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute over the estate of her previous business partner. Client and her previous partner owned a joint copyright to the photographs in the books, which have been reproduced and licensed without her permission.

16013 
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.

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

 

Music

16393
Client, a singer-songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to remove her song from music streaming websites that are mis-attributing the song. The song is currently listed with another woman’s photo and biography.

16282
Client, a singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to receive credit for the twelve years of work she did on behalf of a well-known jazz musician.

 

Photography

16358 – On Review
Client, a photographer whose images are licensed as stock photographs, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to investigate whether the licensing company is engaged in unauthorized use of Client’s photographs under the terms of the agreements between the parties and to investigate whether the licensing company owes additional amounts to Client. If Client does have viable claims against the licensing company, Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in the enforcement of his rights.

16142
Client, a visual artist, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a contractual dispute with a photographer with whom she collaborated on a project.

16011
Client, 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 but failed to execute the work promised.

 

Theater

16289
Client, a theatre company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover raw footage of film that a production company contractually agreed to edit several years ago.

16163
Client, an actor whose profile was removed from a casting website when he was recovering from surgery, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to have his profile restored and to receive a refund for the fees he paid to the website.

16150 – On Review
Client, a musical theater composer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a copyright dispute with a former writing partner.

 

Visual

16389 – NEW CASE
Client, a visual artist whose work was displayed without authorization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to continue negotiation for payment for unauthorized use of her work, or if necessary, to pursue litigation for copyright infringement.

16388
Client, a graphic designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate payment for work done at a startup company.

16384
Client, a visual artist and sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate compensation for a California university’s unauthorized use of his designs in promotional material.

16380
Client, a surviving family member of an accomplished visual artist (deceased), seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to seek compensation for damage to paintings which suffered potentially irreparable water damage while housed in a storage unit.

16273
Client, a community-focused public artist whose work is installed in a New York City park, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess Client’s claim of copyright infringement against a corporate art installation, and to pursue relief if appropriate.

 

Employment

 

Film/TV

16435 – NEW CASE
Client, a non-profit independent documentary film production company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a concise Master Service Agreement and “deal memos” for use with independent contractors.

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

 

Literary

16270 – On Review
Clients, a freelance writer for museum audio tours, seeks the advice of a volunteer attorney specializing in employment law, regarding a confidentiality clause and potential non-compete policy with a production company.

 

Immigration

 

Film/TV

16420
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on preparing her application for an O-1 visa.

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
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

16311 
Client, a fashion designer and multi-media artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain a visa that would enable her to keep her position at the Ecuadorian American Cultural Center after her current employment authorization expires in May 2019.

16188
Client, an internationally renowned, interdisciplinary digital media and installation artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer lawyer to renew his O-1 visa and apply for a green card. Client’s current O-1 visa expired in October 2018.

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.

 

Music

16429
Client, a musical artist and performer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file an O-1 Visa Extension application.

16191 
Client, a lead singer of an internationally acclaimed music duo and solo performer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to renew her O-1 visa or apply for a green card.

 

Theater

16347
Client, a singer/actor/dancer and teacher from Australia, seeks the assistance of a volunteer immigration attorney to renew her O-1 Visa. She has a contract that needs to be renewed, so needed to renew her O-1 by the end of 2018.

16215 
Client, an actress and dialect coach, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for a one-year extension of her O-1 visa and to apply for a green card on an EB-1 visa. Client’s visa expired on August 29, 2018.

 

Visual

16105 
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

 

Dance

16432 – NEW CASE
Client, a non-profit dance organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to dissolve the organization.

 

Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

Visual

16337 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in litigation against the seller of a property with regard to a failed closing. The seller is refusing to let Client exercise her rights under the drop-out clause of purchase agreement.

 

Trademark

 

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Dance

16335 – On Review
Client, a children’s entertainer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, a living will, and health care proxy.

 

Visual

16217 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to establish a foundation to manage her art, and to revise her will appropriately.

15824 – On Review
Client, a printmaker and public artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, living will, and health care proxy.