S. 3728 IDPPPA: The Real Story of the Fake Fashion Bill

S. 3728 IDPPPA: The Real Story of the[break]Fake Fashion Bill

[break]November 30, 2010[break]6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m[break]Fordham Law School[break]Room 430 B/C[break]140 W. 62nd Street, New York NY 10023


Jeffrey Banks, Designer
Alain Coblence, Coblence & Associates
Carol J. Hochman, President, RHH Capital & Consulting, Inc.
Steven Kolb, Executive Director,
Council of Fashion Designers of America
Steve Lamar, Executive Director,
American Apparel & Footwear Association
Liz Robbins, Liz Robbins Associates
Susan Scafidi, Professor and Academic Director,
Fashion Law Institute

Labeling Yourself: The DOs and DON’Ts of Fashion Lawyers’ Advertising

By popular request, here it is: a Fashion Law ethics & professionalism CLE program!

Please join us for “Labeling Yourself: The DOs and DON’Ts of Fashion Lawyers’ Advertising.” Our distinguished panel will discuss strategies for maintaining professional standards while promoting a practice in this newly defined and growing field.

DATE: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
TIME: 6:30-8:30 pm
PLACE: Fordham Law School, 140 W. 62nd Street, Room 430 B/C

Labeling Yourself

CLE credit: 2 hours (ethics & professionalism; transitional and non-transitional).

Register now:

Attorneys ($75)

Fordham Law alumni, Fashion Law Institute Bootcamp Alumni, past Fashion Law Institute Pop-Up Clinic volunteers ($65)

Media, fashion industry professionals, Fordham law students (Free – but please register to guarantee admission. No CLE credit.)

To inquire about our hardship policy, please contact us at

Fashion = Art + Commerce


2nd annual Fashion Law Institute symposium
Friday, April 20, 2012

Can you balance the fashion equation? Join the Fashion Law Institute for our 2nd annual symposium, FASHION = ART + COMMERCE, an all-day event on Friday, April 20, at Fordham Law School.


9:15am WELCOME!

9:30-10:45am IPO, Yes or No?

Recent high-profile IPOs in the fashion industry raise questions of if, when, why, how and where a fashion company should list itself on a public exchange. IPOs can raise money for a fashion house to expand, allow founders and early investors to cash out, and give a label greater clout – but IPOs also open the company’s financial statements to the public and subject management to the volatility of markets and the wishes of shareholders. How does a creatively driven business determine whether it’s a go for an IPO?

11:00am-12:30pm Beyond Whac-a-Mole: New Initiatives in Intellectual Property Enforcement

Brand protection experts frequently describe the challenges of their work in terms of the arcade game Whac-a-Mole – counterfeiters pop up, intellectual property owners smack them down, counterfeiters pop up again. But fashionable trademark holders and their advocates have a few new ideas to share, including new case studies and data from the world of ecommerce and interactive marketing.

12:45-2:00pm LUNCH

2:15-3:30pm BRIColage: Emerging Patterns in Fashion and International Trade

The BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India, and China – are the fastest-growing and largest emerging markets in the world. Each country already plays a significant role in the fashion industry, whether in design, manufacturing, consumption, or all three. They are also, however, facing intellectual property challenges, increasing labor costs, and opposition to trade agreements amongst their citizens. How will the BRIC countries change the face of the global fashion industry?

3:45-5:00pm ADmonishments: Where Fashion Law and Advertising Meet

In advertising, fashion’s creative directors often pursue the avant-garde, while fashion lawyers must remain on guard. From British bans on controversial ads to Israeli and proposed French regulation of modified images to the invention of digital modification detection software, fashion advertising is coming under greater scrutiny. In the U.S., the proposed Media and Public Health Act (formerly the Self Esteem Act) continues this trend, raising questions about who should control artistic images created in the service of commerce.

5:00-6:00pm RECEPTION & CONVERSATION with Designer Yeohlee Teng

Participants include Ari Afilalo, Rutgers; Vincent Bevins, Financial Times; Heike Bhonsle, Lacoste USA; Margaret Chin, New York City Council; Caroline Gentile, Fordham; Jeffrey Kapelman, Hilldun; Roberta Karp; Eric Kee, Dartmouth; John C. Kennedy, Paul Weiss; Marina Kovalyov, Russian American Foundation; Candice Li, INTA; Seth Matlins, Off Our Chests; Kristina Montanaro, IACC; Owen D. Nee, Jr., Greenberg Traurig; Kenneth Plevan, Skadden; Barbara Pozzo, Università degli Studi di Milano; Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham; Jay Silverberg, Sills Cummis & Gross; Adam Katz Sinding, Le 21ème Arrondissement; Te Smith, MarkMonitor; Anna Stupnytska, Goldman Sachs; Yeohlee Teng; Annie Ugurlayan, National Advertising Division; Sara Ziff, Model Alliance.

2nd Anniversary


A celebration of our first two years and Fashion Law Pop-Up Clinics

Friday, September 7, 2012

Last season, the Fashion Law Institute brought you a groundbreaking CLE program, “The Law of the Fashion Show.”

This season, we bring you the fashion show itself.

During New York Fashion Week in the tents at Lincoln Center, a select group of designers with whom we’ve worked will present capsule collections in celebration of our 2nd Anniversary and our Fashion Law Pop-Up Clinic program. Designs by EMC2 Emmett McCarthy (womenswear), Keely Rea (swimwear), Kelima K for ‘p.u.p.p.y.’ (bridal/womenwear), and Vespertine (cycling safety wear) will be accessorized by Gemma Redux (jewelry) and illuminated via a light installation by Dimitry Saïd Chamy. As an added bonus to accompany these many facets of fashion, each designer will share with us a favorite legal tip!

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
Space in tents at New York Fashion Week is limited, and we are unable to offer additional invitations at this time.

MEDIA: Please email for additional information.

Inside Out 2


Inside Out 2: Fashion's in-house counsel on moving fashion forward in a new America


Immigration, tariffs, deregulation, tax incentives for manufacturing, and even planning for demonstrations and social media wars — it seems that looking ahead has never been more important, even as the future remains unclear. To learn what industry leaders see for the next four years, join us for “Inside Out 2: Fashion’s in-house counsel on moving fashion forward in a new America,” the sequel to last year’s standing-room-only New York Fashion Week panel!

Speakers include

  • Angela Byun, Condé Nast
  • Ewa Abrams, Tiffany
  • Melissa Schoffer Farber, SoulCycle
  • Louise Firestone, LVMH
  • Mimi Plange, Designer

DATE: Thursday, February 9, 2017
TIME: 9:45-11:00am (breakfast 9am)
PLACE: Bateman Room, 2nd Floor, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional

#ad: Native Advertising, Influencers, and New Rules for Fashion Marketing


Event - #ad: Native Advertising, Influencers, and New Rules for Fashion Marketing

Are you reading an article or an advertisement? A social media post or a product placement? Twentieth-century pundits warned of subliminal advertising hidden between movie frames or in photos of ice melting in a drink, but today’s most controversial ads are hiding in plain sight. The Federal Trade Commission is taking aim at Instagram influencers, Twitter tempters, and other social media mavens pitching products to their millions of friends and followers — and at the brands paying for unidentified endorsements and camouflaged content. At the same time, the line between editorial and advertising continues to blur as online videos and published paparazzi shots become shoppable, with or without their subjects’ consent.

Are you or your clients taking advantage of the new advertising age — and compliant with the updated regulations? What is the effect of overt disclaimers on the millennial market? How do privacy, rights of publicity, trademark law, and the First Amendment affect modern advertising techniques? And what’s next for the symbiotic relationship between fashion media and fashion advertising? Join us for an insightful and informative panel discussion, “#ad: Native Advertising, Influencers, and New Rules for Fashion Marketing.”

DATE: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
TIME: 6:30-7:45pm (reception 6pm)
PLACE: Fordham Law School building, 150 W. 62nd Street, Bateman Room (2nd floor)
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional

We look forward to seeing you!

The Fashion Law Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the world’s first academic center devoted to the law and business of fashion. For more information about the Institute or the CLE hardship policy, please contact us at


5th annual Fashion Law Institute symposium

Join us for a power-packed day at the Fashion Law Institute’s 5th annual symposium — the highlight of the fashion law calendar and your opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of the law and business of fashion!

Friday, April 17, 2015, 9am – 6:30pm

NEW Fordham Law building, 150 W. 62nd Street

NYS CLE credit (attorneys): 7.0 hours professional practice, transitional & non-transitional

In addition to an exclusive show by fashion tech innovators CuteCircuit, recharge your focus on fashion law with panels including

  • 9:00am Boot Up!
  • 9:15-10:15am Purchasing Power: Mergers & Acquisitions and Fashion Investment
  • Fashion is a trillion-dollar industry. While less enlightened minds may still dismiss fashion as frivolous, a large and growing number of investors perceive an opportunity – though not all of them have the same level of knowledge about how to succeed in the business of fashion. Revisiting the subject of the first panel of the inaugural Fashion Law Institute symposium, how has the market for fashion houses changed in half a decade? What are the factors to consider in acquiring or investing in a fashion company? And from the perspective of a designer or an independent label, what are the pros and cons of working with an investor, how do you identify the right suitor, and when is the timing right?
  • 10:30-11:30am Pulling the Plug: Fashion Companies, Dissolution, & Bankruptcy
  • In fashion, one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out – of business, that is. As part of a seasonal industry based upon continual change rather than stable inventories, even fashion companies with significant editorial presence can struggle to achieve or maintain financial success. We’ve recently seen C. Wonder shut its green doors, Gap announce the closure of its Piperlime division, Kate Spade terminate Kate Spade Saturday, and Reed Krakoff suspend operations.  Even leading luxury retailer Barneys appeared headed for bankruptcy a few years ago, after actually filing in the 1990s. What are the strategic decisions involved when a fashion company considers bankruptcy? How can a fashion house or retailer keep the lights on during reorganization? And does outside investors’ growing involvement with the fashion industry increase the likelihood that an unsuccessful season or two will lead to pulling the plug?
  • 11:45am-12:45pm Power Dressing: Politics, Dress Codes, and the Public Eye
  • “Who are you wearing?” “Did you see that outfit?!”  If you are a public figure, or indeed if you appear in public, your wardrobe will be scrutinized and criticized. Realizing that fashion is a means of communication, many politicians, celebrities, executives, and others in the public eye use their clothing to establish an image and convey a message. At the same time, media coverage of and public conversation about women’s appearances in particular has become controversial, inspiring campaigns like #AskHerMore and backlash against gender-specific dress codes. How does commentary about clothing affect the wearer, and should it be off limits?  What constitutes power dressing in an era when hemlines no longer rise and fall by fiat?  And when organizations contemplate dress codes, how do they stay on the right side of both public opinion and the law?
  • 12:45-2pm Power Lunch
  • 2-3pm Power Centers: Battling Across Jurisdictions in World War IP
  • Fashion brands are fighting World War IP – with local weapons. While over a century of efforts to standardize intellectual property protection in countries around the world has yielded some degree of formal harmonization, the reality is that rights holders making the same claims against the same or similar defendants often get different results in different jurisdictions. Whether it’s Gucci winning many of its claims against Guess in the U.S. but losing on home territory in Italy, the Chinese government’s adverse administrative action against Burberry’s widely protected signature tartan, or Christian Louboutin’s country-by-country campaign to save his sole from copyists, even trademark law remains unpredictable. At the same time, any consumer with an internet connection can shop the aisles of the global marketplace with ease. How do fashion companies and their counsel view this power struggle, and what strategic maneuvers are most effective?
  • 3:15-4:15pm Connectivity: Modeling and the Power of Social Media
  • Models are walking beyond the runway and out of the pages of magazines – and into your social media feeds. Today’s top models are at the top of their social media game, and some are even scouted directly from these platforms. How have modeling agencies adapted their contracts and altered their lineups in light of these changes? How will FTC regulations affect models who advertise products through their social media accounts?  And how can models, agents, and attorneys work together to balance the competing challenges of legal compliance and furtherance of models’ careers through the ever-evolving world of social media?
  • 4:30-5:30pm The Power of 2: Licensing and Wearable Technology
  • Opposites attract – and fashion and technology are no exception. The fast-growing wearable tech sector has designs on your wrist and beyond, whether you’re a luxury consumer shopping for a Ralph Lauren Ricky Bag with Light and a rose gold Apple Watch to complement your CuteCircuit ensemble or an aspiring athlete looking for a simple plastic fitness monitor. Wearable technology, however, is not the product of one industry but two.Building on previous cutting-edge Fashion Law Institute panels that have addressed patents and data privacy in the context of wearables, the next key issue is how best to bring together two such different industries and their different legal cultures, especially in matters of  intellectual property protection. As the collaborations continue, what will lead some to succeed while others fail? Why do some tech companies choose to partner with traditional fashion houses or hire fashion industry talent?  What is the future of wearable tech – and will we see more impact on the function of fashion, the aesthetics of fashion, or both?  And if you’re venturing into a wearable tech licensing agreement or other partnership, what are the key considerations?
  • 5:30-6:30pm It’s Electric!  CuteCircuit Fashion Show 

Speakers include Ewa Abrams, Tiffany & Co.; Jeffrey Banks, Designer & Author; Laura McCabe Brandt, Brandt Law; Vince Castiglione, VF Corporation; Richard Cleland, FTC; James Conran, Artist & Business Manager; Melissa Wilhelmina Cooper, Wilhelmina Models; Roxanne Elings, Davis Wright Tremaine; Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo; Vanessa Friedman, The New York Times; Chris Gay, Elite World Group; Caroline Gentile, Fordham Law School; Ryan Genz and Francesca Rosella, CuteCircuit; Doug Hand, Hand Baldachin & Amburgey; Carol Hochman, RHH Capital & Consulting; Rachel Larris, Women’s Media Center; Michelle Mancino Marsh, Kenyon & Kenyon; Lyn Paolo, Costume Designer; James Michael Peck, Morrison & Foerster; Monica Richman, Dentons; Coco Rocha, Supermodel & Social Media Pioneer; Donna Ruggiero, The Estée Lauder Companies; Rob Sanchez, Manufacture New York; Natasha Sardesai-Grant, Ralph Lauren; Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham; Stan Sherwood, Sherwood Associates; Jay Silverberg, FisherBroyles; Doreen Small, Marquart & Small; Wayne Sterling, The Image Management; Yolanda Wardowski, Avalon Securities; Brien Wassner, Jones Day; Gary Wassner, Hilldun Corporation and Interluxe Holdings. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Registration category
Attorneys $325
Attorneys who are Fashion Law Bootcamp alumni, Fashion Law Institute volunteers, or Fordham alumni $275
Fashion design professionals/ Non-Fordham students/Others (no CLE) $35
Media (with credentials)/ Fordham Law students  COMPLIMENTARY (with registration)

(Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, concluding reception.)