Arts & Entertainment Pro Bono Cases

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with VLA by taking on a pro bono case! If you have not yet attended a New Attorney Orientation, please click here for more information about volunteering with VLA.

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.

To request a case, please email Emma Frean at probono@vlany.org. Please indicate the case number in the email subject line.

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

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.

Theater

17711 – On Review
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.

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.

Fashion

17786
Client, a fashion designer, seeks to recover money paid to a production company for the placement of his designer handbags in a film, and to dissolve a limited liability company set up in his name.

Film/TV

17779
Client, a videographer, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist her recovering footage that was wrongfully sold to a production company for use in a documentary without payment to her.

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

17729
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.

Literary

17795 
Client, an author, seeks assistance with removing her books from several websites, and collecting payment for any past sales.

17662
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 – On Review
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.

Photography

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

Visual Arts

17856 – NEW CASE  
Client, a conceptual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with a public entity that is requesting the return of funds related to a public art commission.

17841  
Client, an artist engaged to create a visual art installation for an art gallery, seeks assistance recovering expenses after the project was canceled.

17815 – On Review
Client, a visual artist and muralist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue legal action against organizers of a joint project who are allegedly selling copies of the project without permission of the artists.

17810 
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover an overdue payment for works sold by a gallery.

17750 
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
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.

Visual Arts

17831 – On Review
Client, a singer, actress, and producer, seeks assistance with applying for an EB-1 visa, and renewing her O-1 visa.

17747 – On Review
Client, a visual artist and curator, seeks assistance with filing an application for an EB-1 visa.

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

Visual Arts

17774 
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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