Pro Bono Opportunities

Litwak

Updated as of Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Open Cases

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with VLA by taking on a pro bono case!

Some cases may be unavailable, as they are already on review with another attorney. The Caselist 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

  

Fashion

15606 – New Case – On Review
Client, a textiles designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the terms of renewal for a licensing agreement.

 

Film

15617 – New Case – On Review
Client, a musician and filmmaker, seeks assistance to negotiate terms with a director and cinematographer and draft agreements with each in relation to the production of a documentary film.

15581 – New Case – On Review
Client, a screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an option agreement with his co-producer.

15580 – On Review
Client, a writer and producer, seeks assistance negotiating with the owner of book’s copyright in order to sell a film script that is a loosely based on the book.

15537 – On Review
Client, a retired professor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to compel a documentary filmmaker to fulfill his oral contract by providing copies of footage and photographs he took of the professor and her property.

15503 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft an agreement granting Client rights in an art film.

 


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Copyright

 

Film

15587 – New Case
Client, an independent filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a fair use opinion letter for the purpose of procuring producer’s errors and omissions insurance (“E&O Insurance”).

15471
Client, an independent film maker, seeks a volunteer attorney to clarify his ownership in a work that he began on behalf of another company, which canceled the project before it was complete. Client wishes to revive the work in a new project.

15278
Client, a toy plane enthusiast who creates flight videos, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to bring suit against a YouTube user who has uploaded Client’s video without permission. Client has already engaged in DMCA takedown procedures to no avail.

15055 – On Review
Client, a filmmaker, seeks assistance drafting a fair use opinion letter, in response to the removal of a video clip pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Takedown Notice for copyright infringement.

 

Literary

15585
Client, an author and screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a letter to a publishing company and author regarding a potentially infringing novel with substantial similarities to Client’s screenplay. The statute of limitations on Client’s claim may be running out in May 2017.

15268
Client, an author, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess a potential copyright infringement claim and to bring a copyright infringement claim for two separate allegedly infringing novels under the same publishing company, if appropriate.

 

Music

15514
Client, a writer and director, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in assessing his rights to a song that he wrote with a former collaborator for which he did not receive credit.

15100 – On Review
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 Client’s permission.

 

Theater

15417
Client, a playwright, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to a cease and desist letter from a former collaborator, with respect to a work that was inspired by the collaborator’s personal experiences.

 

Visual

15565 – New Case – On Review
Client, an illustrator, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the viability of a copyright infringement claim against a food service chain.

15589
Client, a graphic artist, seeks assistance to enforce his rights against a publishing company for copyright infringement.

 


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Corporate

 


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Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Fashion

15596 – New Case
Client, a freelance fashion assistant and stylist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover unpaid monies from a past employer, and to pursue her claim, which has been filed in New York Civil Court.

 

Film

15518
Client, the director of a documentary film, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue injunctive relief against his partner and to dissolve their LLC.

15499 – On Review
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce a settlement agreement between Client and former business partner.

15424 – On Review
Client, a renowned documentary filmmaker, seeks representation in an arbitration proceeding regarding an alleged copyright infringement and breach of contract.

15255
Client, a screenplay writer and director, seeks assistance to receive credit and compensation for his contributions to a film collaboration.
This matter has a California nexus.

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

 

Mixed

15525 – On Review
Client, a video game development company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in recouping outstanding payments pursuant to a contract.

 

Music

15563
Client, a composer and music producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist with receiving compensation from someone who has failed to pay. Client also seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to clarify his intellectual property rights to his composed work.

15520
Client, a composer and producer, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist in negotiations with a former client over intellectual property rights and payment collection.

15460 – On Review
Client, a composer and sound designer, seeks representation in a lawsuit regarding an alleged breach of contract.

15453
Client, a vocalist and founding member of a rock band, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist in an ongoing civil suit brought by the owner of a record label company.

 

Photography

15510
Client, a Los Angeles-based photographer, seeks assistance in drafting a settlement demand letter to recover expenses from high-profile, New York-based photo subjects who withdrew from a photography project.

 

Theater

15553 – On Review
Client, an art director hired to create an immersive theater piece, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a settlement for moneys due to Client under contract.

 

Visual

15611
Client, an arts collaboration company, seeks assistance to enforce a contract with a real estate developer.

15433
Client, freelance graphic/website designer and developer seeks a volunteer attorney to obtain compensation for design and development work performed for a website that he co-founded.

15411
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate payment or return of two sculptures which Client consigned to a real estate developer.

15375
Client, a mixed media visual artist, seeks a volunteer attorney to defend her in a small claim brought by a subcontracted shipping company and to assist her in counterclaims against both the subcontractor and the contracted shipping company for failure to deliver her works to the designated destination as originally agreed. Client’s court date is August 5, 2016.

15258 – On Review
Client, an art curator, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recoup back pay owed to her by her former employer.

 


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Employment

 

 


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Immigration

 

Dance

15591 – New Case
Client, a dancer and choreographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a green card application.

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

 

Fashion

15376
Client, a jewelry designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

 

Theater

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

 

 


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Mediation

 


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Non-Profit

 

Dance

15594 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit dance company that has ceased operations, seeks assistance from a volunteer attorney to dissolve the organization.

 


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Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

Dance

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.

 

 


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Trademark

 


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Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Dance

15576 – New Case
Client, a dancer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to transfer assets into an existing living trust.

 

Fashion

15383
Client, a fashion designer of women’s apparel, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will, living will, and health care proxy.

 

Visual

15309 – On Review
Client, the son of a deceased paper-sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assess the likelihood of successfully contesting his father’s will.

 


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