Pro Bono Opportunities

Updated as of Tuesday, March 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

15597 – New Case – On Review
Client, a model, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to terminate a management agreement.

 

Film

15656
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft and re-negotiate a life rights/work-for-hire agreement with the subject of her documentary film.

15581
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
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.

 

Theater

15608 – New Case – On Review
Client, a playwright, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate a severance contract with a co- writer.

15648 – New Case
Client, a playwright, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate and draft licenses with rights holders whose work inspired his stage musical about historical events during World War II.

 

Visual

15483 – New Case
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to review her rights under a contract and draft a termination letter with a company that commissioned artwork.

 


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Copyright

 

Film

15625 – New Case – On Review
Client, the moderator of a panel, seeks assistance of a volunteer attorney to obtain video footage of the panel, which was orally promised prior to the event, and to negotiate the manner of adverse party’s use of video.

15587 – On Review
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 – On Review
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 – On Review
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.

 

Music

15638 – New Case
Client, a songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate royalties and credit for a popular song that has recently been featured in a Broadway musical.

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
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.

 

Photography

15650 – On Review
Photographer, a former employee of a brewing company, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate resolution of a dispute over photographs he posted on his website as samples of his work. The brewery has sued him in federal court for copyright infringement.

 

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

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

 


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Corporate

 

Film

15652 – New Case – On Review
Client, a documentary filmmaker and sole member of his production company, seeks to dissolve his company and transfer copyright ownership of his films to himself, as an individual. Client has produced over 20 films, some of which remain licensed to reputable television outlets.

 


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Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Fashion

15628 – On Review
Client, a designer of high-end handbags and women’s accessories, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover the balance of a delinquent payment for handbag design services rendered.

 

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
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.

15224
Client, a documentary filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to represent him in a potential copyright claim against another filmmaker. A lawsuit alleging copyright infringement, misappropriation and false advertising has been initiated in the Southern District of New York.

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

 

Mixed

15621 – On Review
Client, the operator of a deceased athlete’s fan website, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to respond to a cease and desist letter from the athlete’s estate.

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

 

Music

15629 – New Case
Client, the bookwriter and lyricist for multiple musicals, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to negotiate the termination of her relationship with the musicals’ composer.

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.

15453 – On Review
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.

 

Visual

15611 – On Review
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.

 


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Employment

 

Theater

15642 – New Case – On Review
Client, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for the public to participate in theatrical experiences that promote fun, community, and creative self-expression, seeks assistance drafting an employment agreement for its Executive Director.

 


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Immigration

 

Dance

15591 – On Review
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
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

 

Visual

15361
Parties seek mediation to facilitate and draft the retirement agreements of the founding members of an arts non-profit organization, addressing the ongoing relationship that the founders will have with the organization.
***Open to those who have attended VLA’s MediateArt Training***

 


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Non-Profit

 

Theater

15641 – On Review
Client, an organization dedicated to the creation of an artistic social movement through the development and production of new theatrical works by artists of color, seeks assistance acquiring tax-exempt status and drafting foundational documents.

 

Visual

15646 – New Case – On Review
Client, a not-for- profit organization that facilitates weekly live model painting classes, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to compliantly 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.

 

Visual

15632
Client, a not-for-profit artist’s workspace, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise on and amend certain provisions in several mortgages held by the founders of the organization.

 

 


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Trademark

 

Film

15643 – New Case – On Review
Client, the sole proprietor of a media production company, seeks assistance filing trademark applications for his business’s name and logo.

 

Photography

15456 – On Review
Client, a photographer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in assessing the strength of her LLC’s name and logo for a federal trademark, and to assist with applying for trademarks if appropriate.

 


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Wills, Trusts, and Estates

 

Dance

15576
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.

 

Photography

15647 – New Case – On Review
Client, a photographer, 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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