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Pro Bono Opportunities

Updated as of Monday, May 23, 2016

Open Cases

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

 

Film

15274 – New Case – On Review
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a talent attachment agreement to use while she pitches a reality show to television networks.

15108
Client, a writer and filmmaker, seeks the advice and assistance of an attorney in drafting a consulting agreement.

 

Film/TV

15285 – New Case – On Review
Client, a screenwriter and producer, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate an employment agreement with a film company.

 

Music

15269 – New Case
Client, a recording artist and songwriter, seeks a volunteer attorney to negotiate and revise his recording and publishing agreement with an independent record label and publisher.

 

Theater

15131 – On Review
Client, a theatrical production company, seeks assistance drafting artist agreements for an upcoming production.

 


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Contract/Copyright

 

Film

14988 – On Review
Client, a filmmaker, seeks assistance in obtaining and negotiating licensing agreements for her upcoming film project.

 

Film/TV

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

 

Music

15273 – New Case
Client seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a band termination agreement and to help register song copyrights pursuant to the agreement.


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Copyright

 

Film

15264 – On Review
Client, a film director and writer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine whether it is necessary to obtain consent from a public figure when writing a fictional script based on true events.

15224
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in a potential copyright claim against another filmmaker.

 

Literary

15238 – On Review
Client, the author of a novel, seeks assistance assessing the likelihood of success in bringing a copyright infringement claim against the author and publisher of an allegedly infringing novel.

15194
Client, a screenwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney for a rights of publicity and fair use assessment for his screenplay based on real life events.
*This is a New Jersey matter.

15180
Client, a creator of greeting cards, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine whether certain illustrations that he used are in the public domain, and if they are not, he would like assistance in licensing those images.

 

Music

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 his permission.

 

Theater

15148
Client, a playwright, seeks assistance licensing literature and poetry, which Client intends to incorporate into a play and set to music.

 

Visual

15275
Client, the daughter of deceased illustrator, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise her on her rights regarding a publisher that used her father’s illustrations without authorization, and to pursue a claim if appropriate.


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Corporate

Fashion

15297 – New Case – On Review
Client, a menswear apparel designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review and redraft a letter of engagement signed with a financial advisor regarding a capital transaction for Client’s fashion brand.

 

 

Music

14742
Client, a folk singer, seeks an attorney to assist in determining her rights to songs held by a publishing company dissolved by tax proclamation and to assist her in determining what her tax liabilities are, vis a vis the dissolved corporation.


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Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Dance

15249
Client, a dance studio dedicated to the study of a specialized Japanese dance form, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to false and derogatory comments posted on the Internet.

 

Fashion

15228
Client, a fashion designer, seeks assistance obtaining payment for the use of designs she created, pursuant to an agreement.

 

Film

15201
Client, a film director, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to resolve a dispute with the film’s producers regarding breach of contract.

 

Film/TV

15289 – New Case
Client, a screenwriter and producer, seeks assistance to review a letter of intent and draft and negotiate a buyout agreement with a former collaborator on a web series.

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

 

Literary

15241
Client, an author, is the defendant in a copyright infringement suit and seeks a volunteer attorney to defend her and assist her in ongoing settlement negotiations.

15233
Client, a writer, found a photograph on the internet, which he posted to his website to accompany a blog post. Client seeks assistance defending a copyright infringement suit initiated by the rightsholders of the photograph.

 

Music

15219 – On Review
Client, a songwriter, seeks assistance to collect his share of record sales of albums co-written with Adverse Party.

 

Photography

15012
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to terminate a partnership with his collaborator.

 

Theater

15203
Client, a playwright, seeks assistance defending against a defamation lawsuit regarding a post on social media.

 

Visual

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

15247
Client, a sculptor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine whether he has a viable claim under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), and to bring a claim if appropriate.

 


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Employment

 

Theater

14859
Client, a former Broadway guitarist, seeks assistance to assess and potentially challenge the administrative denial of his request for pension benefits.


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Immigration

 

Music

14706
Client, a singer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

 

Visual

15161
Client, a visual artist whose OPT visa expires in July 2016, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.


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Mediation


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Non-Profit

 

Dance

15290 – New Case – On Review
Client, the founder of a dance company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to incorporate as a not-for-profit organization and to obtain 501(c)(3) status.

 

Visual

15291 – New Case – On Review
Client, a community-based public arts initiative, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register the organization as a New York not-for-profit organization, and apply for tax-exempt status. This is a partner matter to Trademark Case # 15165.

15133
Client, an organization that seeks to educate the public about science through large-scale, public art projects, seeks a volunteer attorney to form a non-profit corporation and apply for tax exempt status.

1519o – On Review
Client, the founder of a multidisciplinary not-for-profit arts organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to dissolve the organization, and to resolve a tax-lien imposed due to the organization’s debt.

15183
Client, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study of Italian art and architecture, seeks assistance relocating to New York and revising its bylaws.

15154
Client, a for-profit art exhibition space and artistic collective, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to incorporate as a not-for-profit organization and to obtain 501(c)(3) status.


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Real Estate/Landlord/Tenant

 

Dance

15245 – On Review
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.

 

Visual

15272 – New Case
Client, a writer and multimedia artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in receiving payment for flooding damage to her loft apartment.

15080
Client, a visual artist, seeks legal advice and representation regarding his tenancy rights for a subleased apartment. Client’s next court date is June 23, 2016.

 

 


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Trademark

 

Fashion

15122 – On Review
Client, a fashion designer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to trademark the logo used to market Client’s line of 3D printed hats.

 

Visual

15165 – On Review
Client, an international community-based public visual art organization, seeks assistance in obtaining a trademark. This is a partner matter to Non-Profit Case # 15291.

15265 – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to register a logo and a name associated with fine art goods for trademark protection.


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Wills, Trusts or Estates

 

Music

14914
Client, a beneficiary of her mother’s estate, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a petition for a full accounting with the Surrogate’s Court in order to collect performance royalties she is entitled to through the estate.

 


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