The Fashion Law Institute is the world’s first center dedicated to law and the business of fashion.  A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created with the generous support and advice of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and its president, Diane von Furstenberg, the Institute offers training for the fashion lawyers and designers of the future, provides legal services for design students and professionals, and makes available information and assistance on issues facing the fashion industry.

Professor Susan Scafidi, who pioneered the study of fashion law, founded the Institute and serves as its academic director. She created the first Fashion Law course and is internationally recognized for her expertise and for defining the field.  In addition, the Institute is supported by an advisory board including distinguished members of the fashion industry and the bar.

The Fashion Law Institute is located at Fordham Law School, just across the street from New York Fashion Week’s home at Lincoln Center.

Team Members

Michael Busiashvili, J.D. ’15, Dean’s Fellow (2015-16)

Elizabeth Groden, J.D. ’15, Dean’s Fellow (2015-16)

Ashley Valdes, J.D. ’16 (expected), Research Assistant (2015-16)

Jacqueline Lefebvre, J.D. ’17 (expected),  Research Assistant (2015-16)

Sydney Kipen, J.D. ’17 (expected), Research Assistant (2015-16)

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