CLE on Broadway!

War Paint - CLE on Broadway!


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Based on the story of the rivalry between cosmetics pioneers Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, War Paint just might be the first musical ever to explore the history of beauty industry industry regulation though songs about Senate hearings, rights of publicity, and trademarks in colors.  Join us for a musical matinee and exclusive after-show CLE talkback with legal experts and members of the production!

TIME: Wednesday, June 7, 2-6pm 
PLACE: Nederlander Theater, 208 W. 41st St. (between 7th and 8th Aves.)
NYS CLE: 1.0 hour professional practice,
transitional & non-transitional
TICKETS: $149 per ticket (includes front-mezzanine seating and CLE, including talkback with members of the production)

We look forward to seeing you there — to secure your tickets by our deadline to confirm, please order by noon on May 22!


War Paint - Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole - "A Woman's Work is Never Done"

Symposium Round-ups

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's tweet featuring the entrepreneurship panel at the Fashion Law Institute symposium

At the Fashion Law Institute’s 7th Annual Symposium, speakers highlighted an array of cutting-edge developments that could have a substantial impact on the fashion economy in the U.S. and abroad. To address these issues Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney discussed the state of the American fashion sector and called for a comprehensive new lobbying effort, bringing Washington and the fashion world together to design laws best suited to helping the American fashion industry survive and advance.

For more, check out this WWD account of Congresswoman Maloney’s proposal and the symposium rundown in Look Online: Daily Fashion Report, which also provides a summary of each of the day’s panels.

And vsit the Fashion Law Institute’s Facebook page for a complete set of photos taken throughout the event!
7th Annual Symposium's fashion entrepreneurship panel

Fashion and Government Need Closer Ties, Maloney Says

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, holding out fist in front of her, starting a fashion revolution!

WWD reports on Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney’s call for a new dedicated fashion industry lobby to address the cutting-edge issues raised at the Fashion Law Institute’s 7th Annual Symposium, Fashion Revolutions:

Maloney’s solution: an official fashion industry lobby.

“You’ve got to start an organization that represents all of you and that represents your interests because you’re artists, you’re working all the time, you don’t have time to go to Washington D.C. and tell us,” Maloney said.

Without a lobby and a consensus on some core priorities, Maloney said the fashion industry faces an uphill battle, including with the Garment District rezoning.

“If you don’t become [a lobby] and fight for it, you’re fighting against real estate companies that have billions and billions of dollars and you’re going to lose.”

More at WWD!

Berets and Revolution

Student volunteers at the Fashion Law Institute's Fashion Revolutions symposium wear black berets bearing the Fashion Law Institute's needle-and-spool gavel logo

Our Fashion Revolutions volunteers wore berets bearing the Fashion Law Institute’s award-winning logo — and iD magazine has this to say about the beret’s history and significance as a revolutionary symbol for our today.

Ironically, though, the beret’s most famous wearers have almost all been revolutionaries. In 1960, photographer Alberto Korda captured Che Guevara in Guerrillero Heroico, his most iconic portrait, wearing a black beret embroidered with a commander’s star. The image, which continues to decorate college dorm rooms to this day, cemented the beret as a symbol of resistance. The Black Panther Party also harnessed the hat’s power in the 1960s, claiming it as part of their much-photographed de facto uniform: black beret, black pants, black leather jacket. The Young Lords Party in New York wore purple berets, and the radical Chicano Brown Berets took their name from their signature caps.

And when Beyoncé played the Super Bowl halftime show in 2016, her backing dancers wore black berets in homage to the Panthers, their arms raised in a black power salute. Rudy Giuliani called the performance an “attack” on the police during an appearance on FOX News, and departments throughout the country discussed protesting; other viewers praised the icon’s show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

7th Annual Symposium: Fashion Revolutions!

Symposium 7 - SOLD OUT

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Last week the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Star Athletica v. Varsity -- just the latest in a series of significant legal developments shaping the future of fashion. Join Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and other fashion industry thought leaders in discussing the revolutionary changes facing the fashion world at the highlight of the fashion law calendar, our 7th Annual Symposium on March 31, 2017. After last year's event, dozens of brands updated their policies; don't miss your chance to stay on the cutting edge!

TIME: 9:00-6pm
PLACE: Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street
NYS CLE: 6.0 hours total (5.0 professional practice,
transitional & non-transitional, and 1.0 ethics)



Idea-ologies: Recent trends in fashion & intellectual property litigation

Last year’s Fashion Law Institute symposium took place on the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear Star Athletica v. Varsity, the now historic case about copyright and cheerleader uniforms, and that was just the first of a series of high-profile fashion and IP cases that occupied courtrooms over the following months. Samsung v. Apple, Converse v. ITC, Louis Vuitton Malletier v. My Other Bag, and Jenny Yoo’s convertible bridesmaid’s dress lawsuits – do these and other disputes signal a revolutionary new approach to intellectual property jurisprudence or a return to familiar legal principles? Industry insiders launch the day with a discussion of the latest developments and scope out what lies ahead.

Mercenary Matters: Technology and the changing world of retail

From smart mirrors to connected dressing rooms, the tech revolution that initially allowed us to shop anywhere, anytime is now changing the in-store retail environment. But can stores win back the allegiance of consumers? Will the ongoing war between clicks and bricks lead to a retail armageddon or an omnichannel détente? On the other hand, can online shopping ever provide a satisfactory answer to the boutique experience or the real-world store’s ultimate weapon: the opportunity to try before you buy? And what will be the influence of wearable tech on how the full spectrum of fashion is marketed? Join leaders on the front lines of fashion law and retail as they share their strategies for deploying retail technology and capturing the customer of the future.


Freedom Fighters or Anarchists? Tailoring legal ethics to an era of deregulation

U.S. federal regulations are facing the firing squad as the forces of deregulation mount a fresh offensive against the power of the administrative state, including a controversial executive order requiring that every new regulation be counterbalanced by the elimination of two old ones. With potential effects on the fashion industry ranging from the end of the Dodd-Frank conflict mineral disclosure requirements and possible sidelining of proposed cosmetics law reform to the weakening of environmental, employment, and data privacy regulations, do lawyers have a responsibility to fill the legal void, or is legal liberation itself a social good?

Border Wars: Fashion, global trade, and the new isolationism

Trade relations have become contested territory. The past year has heralded Brexit, President Trump’s proposed border adjustment tax, the death of the TPP, and an uncertain fate for NAFTA. What the shift from expansive internationalism to protectionist isolationism will mean for fashion remains unclear, but the status quo is poised to change dramatically. And given the global nature of the fashion industry – in the U.S. alone, 97% of all clothing and footwear is manufactured outside the country – the stakes are significant.

Grassroots Uprising: Frontiers and landmines for fashion entrepreneurs

Fashion law is about more than courtroom battles, legislative skirmishes, or even international relations. It can both empower and impede designers as they seek to conquer new markets, and the most effective advisor is one who can help entrepreneurs use law to their tactical advantage at a time of sweeping changes. Arm yourself for the revolution as a stellar panel of fashion industry leaders joins U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, a leading advocate for the industry in Congress, to explore the cutting edge of legal and business strategy.



  • Paula Barnes, Macy's
  • Claire Bing, Tarte Cosmetics
  • Diana Bernal, Richemont
  • Anne Borkovic, Akin Gump
  • Anna Dalla Val, Ralph Lauren
  • Julie Fredrickson, Stowaway Cosmetics
  • Melissa Hall, The Emerging Designer
  • Christine Helm, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Hilary Jochmans, Jochmans Consulting
  • Nanette Lepore, Designer
  • Marc Levey, Baker McKenzie
  • The Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Michelle Mancino Marsh, Arent Fox
  • Janett Martinez, Loomia
  • Don Obert, The Obert Law Firm
  • Daniel Plenge, Plural NYC
  • Roberta Portella, RPortella & Associados
  • Maurice Ross, Barton LLP
  • Professor Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham
  • Stephen Sidkin, Fox Williams
  • Doreen Small, Marquart & Small
  • Jeff Trexler, Attorney
  • Gary Wassner, Hilldun
  • Kenya Wiley, Fashion Innovation Alliance
  • Po Yi, Venable LLP
  • Sara Yood, Jewelers Vigilance Committee


THANKS to our 7th annual symposium event sponsors

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Logo of law firm + sponsor Venable LLP
and to all of you who make the work of the nonprofit FASHION LAW INSTITUTE possible,
especially the following individuals and organizations:


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