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Case # Legal Category Arts Category Client Type Description
16-584 Film/TV Contingent Fee (PB Eligible)

Litigation Pending. A screenwriter filed a pro se complaint, now pending in the Northern District of Illinois, for copyright infringement, breach of implied contract based on the submission of his idea, and deceptive trade practices. The defendants are major media entities. Client is hoping to secure representation on a contingent fee basis.

17-143 Other, Visual Art Pro Bono

Litigation Evaluation Street Artist . A talented street artist had a permit to perform on city streets, but recently the permit was revoked after the ordinance governing street performances was changed. Client's position raises 1st Amendment and other issues that appear colorable and needs representation to negotiate a change in the city's position.

17-184 Film/TV, Visual Art Pro Bono

Start-up Help: Art Curator. Client needs legal advice regarding business structure. She runs an annual film festival and curates art events. She has run shows with video art as well as 2D and 3D art installations.

17-191 Visual Art Pro Bono

Litigation Evaluation. Client lost his studio in a foreclosure action and needs help evaluating whether there are any options for him at this time. He claims that he paid the loan balance off in full and that the mortgage lien should have been released; but he lost in the circuit court, and the appeallate court; then the Illinois Supreme Court declined the case.

17-220 Film/TV Pro Bono

Start-up Help: Filmmaker. Young filmmaker needs legal help with business structure and a contract for use with his customers.

17-227b Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

Standard Contracts for a Visual Artist. A visual artist and designer, needs help drafting two standardized contracts for her services.

17-228 Theater Pro Bono

Employment Dispute. Client was hired as a director by a theatre company, but the company has not honored the contract, ostensibly for financial reasons unrelated to Client's performance. Client needs an attorney to evaluate her claim against the theatre and potentially represent her.

17-268 Music, Visual Art Pro Bono

Start-up Help: Band Manager. A young band manager needs start-up advice and one contract for the two bands that he is managing.

17-277 Dance Pro Bono

Standard Rental Agreement. A successful 501(c)3 association of dance companies needs a standard contract to lease equipment it owns to dance companies.

17-295 Literature Pro Bono

Internet Dispute. A blogger who used a Creative Commons image with proper attribution received a cease and desist letter from an attorney in France alleging infringement and requesting payment. Client needs legal help to review the documents and provide advice.

17-302 Film/TV Pro Bono

Start-up Help: Film-maker. Documentary script writer needs general legal advice regarding film-making and a contract for her videographer.

17-311 Performance Art, Visual Art Pro Bono

Start-up Help: Photographer. Client provides photography, artist management and graphic design services and needs help with organizational structure, one contract for her photography services and advice regarding trademark.

17-314 Literature, Performance Art, Theater, Visual Art, Other Pro Bono

Start-up Help: Improv Workshops. Client designed a unique storytelling and improvisation workshop that she was operating overseas. She has returned to the states and needs help establishing her entity here. She also needs assistance with trademark registration and a license for other professionals who want to conduct the workshop.

17-339 Dance, Performance Art Pro Bono

Start-up Help: Dance Company . Dance company that offers teaching and performance services needs start-up advice and two contracts - one for students and one for members of the dance troupe. Client also needs terms and conditions for its website.

17-352 Theater Pro Bono

Rights of Publicity. Actress and writer who is writing a fictionalized script about life of a famous, now deceased, actress needs legal advice about rights of publicity and guidance on securing any permissions that she may need.

17-362 Film/TV, Literature, Other Pro Bono

Start-up Help: Authors' Representative. Client represents authors and runs a book club by conference call. Client needs help with business structure and two contracts, one for the authors she represents and one for her presentations.