Caselist

Updated as of Tuesday, January 9, 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

 

Film/TV

 

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

15957 – On Review
Client, an artist who creates sculptural renderings of prehistoric life forms, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist in negotiating a term sheet and publishing agreement for a prospective art book.

Copyright

 

Film/TV

15929 – On Review
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to conduct a fair use assessment regarding his use of two video clips and four musical recordings in a documentary film about projects that will not be completed in their creator’s lifetime.

 

Literary

15665 – On Review
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.

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 have run out in May 2017.

 

Visual

15931 – On Review
Client, the founder of an educational arts program for children in Africa, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft release and license agreements for the use of children’s artwork and photos of the children in a book.

15856
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

15959 – On Review
Client, a film and television location scout, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in forming an LLC for his soundstage company.

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

 

Theater

15904 – On Review
Client, a theater director and producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC.

Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Film/TV

15984 – New Case – On Review
Client, a filmmaker and script-writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to a demand letter from a film producer’s attorney regarding Client’s use of a script that Client wrote, and to prevent the producer from using this script.

15969 – New Case
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 wants to discontinue the collaboration with Client.

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

 

Literary

15885 – On Review
Client, the author of a biography about his father, a historic billiards champion, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to prevent the sale of an earlier version of the book, which he believes was misappropriated.

15809 – On Review
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.

 

Music

15942 – New Case
Client, a rap artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist in pursuing claims against the organizer of a contest in which Client was named the winner, but has not yet received the prize.

15937 – On Review
Client, a composer whose music has been performed on television, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover royalties he has not received from his music publisher.

15706 – On Review
Client, a singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to enforce her rights against a producer who has breached an agreement with Client, by drafting a demand letter and pursuing litigation, if appropriate.

15684 – On Review
Client, a songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to pursue a copyright infringement claim against a well-known musical performer.

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. The case is taking place in Cayuga County.

 

 

Visual

Employment

 

Immigration

 

Dance

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.

 

Film/TV

15977 – New Case
Client, a Canadian actress currently working under an O-1 visa, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist her in her application for an EB1 Green Card.

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.

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.

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.

 

Music

15941 
Client, a professional violinist and violin instructor from Denmark, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

 

Theater

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

 

Visual

15988 – New Case – On Review 

Client, a not- for-profit organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to assist them in sponsoring a French/Moroccan artist’s O-1B visa.

Mediation

Non-Profit

 

Dance

15979 – New Case – On Review
Client, a dancer and co-founder of a dance company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, acquire tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

15973 – New Case – On Review
Client, an organization that preserves dance and artistic shows through video documentation and educational platforms, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, acquire tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

 

Music

15972 – New Case – On Review
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, acquire tax exempt status status, and drafting foundational documents.

15971 – New Case – On Review
Client, an organization that aims to use music and the arts to improve the lives of children and families facing serious illnesses, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in acquiring tax exempt status and in regard of not-for-profit compliance.

15970 – New Case – On Review
Client, an organization aimed at creating interest in mandolins, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, acquire tax exempt status, and drafting foundational documents.

 

Visual

15748 – On Review
Client, an organization devoted to promoting the work of a Cuban artist and providing academic scholarships for students, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form a not-for-profit organization, acquire tax exempt status, and draft foundational documents.

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

15909 – On Review
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register the trademark for the name and logo of her new television series and line of associated products.

 

Photography

15834
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a trademark for a Louisiana-based photography project.

Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Visual

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