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Pro Bono Opportunities

Updated as of Tuesday August 16, 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

  

Fashion

15389 – New Case
Client, a jewelry designer, seeks the assistance of volunteer attorney to assess her rights in a possible breach of contract claim against her former publicist, whom Client paid for services not rendered.

 

Film/TV

15306 – On Review
Client, a filmmaker, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to advise her of her rights under an agreement with a production company that performed post-production services for her, and to negotiate on her behalf.

 

Music

15353
Client, a jazz and R&B vocalist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to dispute a wrongfully terminated employment agreement.

 

Visual

15406 – New Case – On Review
Client, a visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to revise a license agreement and engage in negotiation with a talent agency.

 


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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.

 

Visual

15360 – New Case – On Review
Client, a contemporary visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a work-for-hire agreement for contributors to his ongoing art studio system project.

 


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Copyright

 

Film

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
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.

 

Film/TV

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

 

Literary

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

15417 – New Case – On Review
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.

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

15352 – New Case
Client, a sculptor who created a large-scale structure, seeks a volunteer attorney to assess a potential copyright infringement claim, and to pursue the claim, if appropriate.

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

 

Film

15372 – On Review
Client, an independent full service film producer, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC for her film production business.

 

Visual

15359 – On Review
Client, a contemporary visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to form an LLC for his art studio system.

 

 


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Dispute / Litigation / Negotiation

 

Dance

15398 – New Case – On Review
Client, a company that organizes and produces flash mobs, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in responding to a complaint filed by an events-planning organization alleging that Client misappropriated intellectual property and proprietary information. The deadline for responding to the complaint is September 16, 2016, but Client is currently seeking an extension.

 

Fashion

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

 

Film

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

15295
Client, a photographer and actor, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist with recovering payment for contracted services.

 

Film/TV

15358 – On Review
Client, a freelance digital artist for a network television program, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to seek payment owed to him by, and obtain demo reel footage from, a digital art studio that claims it will be dissolving.

15369 – On Review
Client, an actor, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to recover compensation that his former talent agent is withholding.

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

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

 

Music

15323 – On Review
Client, a singer and songwriter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft and negotiate a separation agreement with Client’s former band member. In particular, Client is concerned about ownership of the band’s intellectual property.

15219
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.

 

Visual

15388 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit museum, seeks assistance to assess the museum’s intellectual property rights with regard to certain transactions, and to discuss negotiating the museum’s agreement with its creative director.

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.

15355
Client, a painter, seeks compensation for a painting that was damaged while being displayed in a coffee shop.

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

15247 – On Review
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

 

 


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Immigration

 

Fashion

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

 

Film

15276
Client, an actor whose student visa expires in 2020, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to apply for an O-1 visa.

 

Music

15422 – New Case – On Review
Client, a not-for- profit orchestra group, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to determine which visas would be most appropriate for two musicians that will perform in its upcoming concert, and to assist the organization with securing those visas for the musicians.

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

 

Theater

15413 – New Case – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit organization that produces theatrical performances often including circus acts, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in obtaining an O-1 visa for an internationally-renowned juggler.

 

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

 

Film/TV

15404 – New Case – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit organization based in the television industry, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in reviewing and revising the organization’s governing documents and ensuring that the board of directors is in compliance with its charter and New York law.

15351 – On Review
Client, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating documentaries on visual arts and culture, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to dissolve the organization.

 

Mixed

15328 – On Review
Client, a media arts not-for-profit organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to dissolve, and to assign its assets to another organization.

 

Theater

15408 – New Case
Client, a theater company dedicated to presenting works of William Shakespeare, seeks assistance in incorporating as a not-for-profit corporation in New York, obtaining tax-exempt status, and drafting the required foundational documents.

15409 – On Review
Client, an educational and humanitarian theater organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to incorporate as a New York not-for-profit organization and to apply for tax-exempt status.

 

Visual

15362
Client, a Texas-incorporated not-for-profit organization, dedicated to providing interdisciplinary art education in connection with the sciences, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to move its operations to New York.

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.

15183 – On Review
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
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.

 

Mixed

15403 – New Case
Client, an LLC that provides studio space for artists, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a sublease or license agreement between itself and the artists that sublease space.

15386 – New Case
Client, a business that provides studio space to artists, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney in evaluating its rights under its current lease agreement, and negotiating the conditions of lease termination.

 

Visual

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

 


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Trademark

 

Mixed

15354 – New Case
Client, founder of an arts and cultural non-profit organization, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to file a petition to cancel a registered trademark and to register a mark that is associated with her organization.

 


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Wills, Trusts or Estates

 

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.

 

Literary

15396
Client, an actor and poet, seeks a volunteer attorney to assist in the drafting of a will, living will, and health care proxy.

 

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.

 

Visual

15346
Client, a nationally renowned visual artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to re-draft her will, draft a living will and health care proxy, and discuss the possibility forming a foundation.

15337
Client, a painter, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will that addresses her wishes for her artworks internationally, while maintaining a separate will addressing her assets in India.

15345
Client, an installation artist, seeks the assistance of a volunteer attorney to draft a will.

15309
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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