Caselist

Updated as of Tuesday, April 17, 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

Dance

16064 – On Review
Client, a tax-exempt not-for- profit dance company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an agreement which the dance company intends to use with artistic collaborators.

Film

16080 – On Review
Client, a film editor who is working with an actress to write and pitch a television pilot, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a partnership agreement that will define the partners’ respective roles and responsibilities.

16020 – On Review
Client, the creator of a television series about a well-known hockey referee, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft agreements between Client and the series’s subject, and possibly co-producers.

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

15893 – On Review 
Client, a not-for-profit theater company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft agreements to co-produce a play at a theater festival in New York City.

 

Visual

16044
Client, a painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney licensed to practice in New Jersey to draft a demand letter to his purported “agent” under a “dealer/agent contract” requesting an accounting of works sold, to terminate the dealer/agent contract based on his purported agent’s material breach, and to assist Client in terminating an unenforceable contract regarding his life rights.

16019 – On Review
Client, an organization devoted to the protection of the historic values of a neighborhood seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney specializing in public art to negotiate a contract with the City of New York regarding the creation, installation, and maintenance of a monument in a recently created park in Lower Manhattan.

 

Copyright

Film/TV

16081 – On Review
Client, a film writer and producer, seeks a volunteer attorney to draft a cease and desist letter directed at an investor and former employee. The investor and former employee has harassed Client and demanded copyright in a film the two worked on together.

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.

Literary

15665
Client, a writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a demand letter to the estate of her former partner, and joint copyright holder, to facilitate an accounting of past financial records and to ensure future royalty payments.

Photography

16066 
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 – On Review
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

15956
Client, a filmmaker and screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC for his film company.

Music

16022 – On Review
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a conflict of interest policy for Client’s non-profit corporation.

Mixed

16071 – New Case – On Review
Client, an artist and teacher, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft the operating agreement for her newly formed LLC that will implement an educational art and technology program for children.

 

Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Film/TV

16091 – On Review
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.

16056 – New Case
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
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.

15967 – On Review
Client, a civil rights activist and film producer who contributed to a film about police violence, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain payment and credit which were promised to her.

Literary

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.

16046 
Client, a writer’s Union, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney for breach of contract claims by its writers against a magazine that never paid them for their work.

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.

 

Photography

16033
Client, a freelance photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in dispute in Small Claims Court on over photographs that she took documenting a trip to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. *This is a great opportunity for attorneys seeking courtroom experience.*

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.

Theater

15960
Client, a professional stage manager who was defrauded by a theater producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in assessing his rights and pursuing any claims, if advisable.

Visual

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.

15952
Clients, two members of an LLC that works with artists and entrepreneurs to make 3D sculptures and models, seek the assistance of a volunteer attorney to remove the third member of the LLC.

 

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
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
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.

 

Mediation

 

Non-Profit

Literary

16016 
Client, a not-for-profit organization that publishes a historical art journal, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to legally separate from another not-for-profit organization of which Client is a subsidiary.

Mixed

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.

16062 
Clients, an arts-oriented philosophical community, seeks assistance reinstating their 501(c)(3) status if appropriate. If not advisable, then Client seeks help in general governance.

16039 
Clients, an organization that launches digital campaigns to address gender inequality online, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain tax-exempt status so that they may accept pending grants.

Music

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.

Visual

16003 – On Review
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
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.

15245
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.

 

Trademark

Film/TV

16031 
Client, the founder of a digital content service, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a word mark and potentially a logo.

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.

 

 

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Music

16065 – On Review
Client, a musician with a large catalogue of music and musical instruments of some value, seeks assistance of a volunteer lawyer in drafting a will, a living will, healthcare proxy and power of attorney.

Theater

16095 – On Review
Client, an actor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, power of attorney, living will, and health care proxy.

Visual

16069 
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, power of attorney, living will, health care proxy, and trust documents.

16057
Client, a painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney licensed to practice in New Jersey to draft a will, power of attorney, living will and health care proxy.

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