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Register now: Annual Ethics CLE

Panelists at Athlegal event on sports apparel, featuring Professor Scafidi and counsel from Fanatics, Nike, Conde Nast, and New York Road Runners

Early-bird registration is now open for our October 26th evening event!

Annual Ethics CLE Event - October 26, 2017
$ 0.00

Athlegal: Sports, apparel, & fashion’s future

Fashion Law Institute student volunteer holds floral display in Converse Chuck Taylors sneaker with Fashion Law Institute needle-and-spool gavel logo on side

From logos to athleisure, sports apparel influences how we dress both on and off the field.  This dual emphasis on performance and style adds new strategies to the lawyer's playbook across categories of intellectual property, including trademark and trade dress, utility and design patent, and copyright, as well as IP licensing.  Research and development in athletic apparel and footwear embraces application of new production technologies like 3D printing, breakthroughs in sustainable manufacturing techniques, and sometimes even advances in performance so dramatic that they they call into question the advantage conferred upon elite athletes in competition.  And with every new innovation, there's a chance that copying or other foul play will move the contest off the court and into court.  Please prepare to come off the sidelines and join us for a panel discussion, "Athlegal:  Sports, Innovation, and the Future of Fashion."


Susan Rohol, Global Intellectual Property and Privacy Policy Director, Nike
James Grooms, Senior Vice President, Legal, General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, New York Road Runners, Inc.
Ronald S. Chillemi, Senior Vice President, Enforcement & Litigation, Fanatics, Inc.
Angela Byun, Senior Director of International Development & Strategy, Golf Digest, Condé Nast
Professor Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham

DATE: Monday, September 18, 2017
TIME: 9:30-10:45am
PLACE: Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street, Room 7-119
NYS CLE:  1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and nontransitional

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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

Anniversary CLE on September 8!

Is Sending a C&D Risk-Free event graphic -- eyes (of hidden pitfalls) peering from darkness

Rights infringed?  Shoot out a cease & desist letter. Brand protection is a constant battle, but designers and fashion houses can at least rely on inexpensive and efficient demand letters to defend themselves. Or can they? And what other counterintuitive concerns have been brought to light by recent litigation? Join us in celebrating New York Fashion Week and the Fashion Law Institute's 7th anniversary with a panel discussion, "Is Sending a C&D Risk-Free? The Hidden Pitfalls of Intellectual Property Enforcement."


Nicole Marra, VP, General Counsel, Corporate Affairs, Gucci
John Maltbie, Director of Intellectual Property, Civil Enforcement, Louis Vuitton Americas
James H. Donoian, Partner, McCarter & English
Professor Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham

DATE:  Friday, September 8, 2017
TIME:   9:30-10:45am (with continental breakfast and a champagne toast starting at 9am)
LOCATION:  Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street, Bateman Room (2nd floor)
NYS CLE:  1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional



Is Sending a C&D Risk-Free? The Hidden Pitfalls of Intellectual Property Enforcement
$ 0.00

After Eden: Plus-Size Fashion History at NYFW

Eden Miller and models at the first plus-size fashion show in the official IMG tents at NYFW

Hot Topic‘s sister brand, Torrid, recently announced plans to show at New York Fashion Week — but drew criticism for incorrectly claiming that it would be the 1st plus-size brand to do so. Actually, Eden Miller’s Cabiria Style line was celebrated internationally for breaking that barrier back in 2013 during the Fashion Law Institute’s 3rd anniversary show in the official IMG tents at NYFW. We’re proud that some traditional brands have since followed suit, casting models of all sizes as part of a tend toward greater diversity of all types. The Fashion Law Institute thanks and congratulates Eden again — and welcomes Torrid to the runway.







Fashion Law Bootcamp

Fashion Law Bootcamp - New York and Silicon Valley

Welcome to Bootcamp!


The Fashion Law Institute's unique annual Summer Intensive Program, fondly known as Fashion Law Bootcamp®, is your opportunity to experience the field of fashion law outside of the regular law school curriculum.

It's an unparalleled opportunity to delve into the substance of style, with emphasis on current business and legal issues involving the global fashion industry. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet fashion industry leaders and Fashion Law Institute faculty, who teach the Fashion Law curriculum at Fordham Law School and themselves have worked with major brands, such as Tiffany, Kering, LVMH, Wilhelmina, Ford Models, and Conde Nast.

The program is run by Professor Susan Scafidi, Founder and Academic Director of the Institute, who pioneered the field of fashion law. She is the first professor to create a course in the area – covering the same material as the Fashion Law Bootcamp® East Coast edition– and is internationally recognized for her expertise. The program will also feature guest lecturers from the fashion industry.

Fashion Law Bootcamp is open to lawyers, fashion industry professionals, law students, and others in the U.S. and abroad who are interested in broadening their knowledge of the law and business of fashion. The program is an excellent way for fashion industry professionals to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the legal issues that they deal with on a regular basis, or for practicing lawyers to expand their current practice or even jump start a change in career. Individuals who have not yet had academic or practical exposure to the law and business of fashion, including design students and other undergraduates entering their final year of study, are eligible to apply but must have a demonstrated scholastic aptitude and willingness to take on the challenge of studying legal materials.

The next edition Fashion Law Bootcamp takes place from May 29 - June 2, and it will cover such topics as

  • intellectual property protection of fashion designs, including jewelry,
  • counterfeiting,
  • licensing agreements,
  • employment issues from designers to models,
  • fashion and technology, including data security & privacy
  • fashion financing,
  • local manufacturing,
  • real estate,
  • consumer protection,
  • conflict minerals,
  • sustainability and green fashion,
  • import/export regulations,
  • sumptuary laws,
  • dress codes, and
  • international legal standards.

As always, our series of Fashion Law Bootcamp intensive programs are eligible for CLE credit -- more details below. 



The brief application form is linked here. Completed applications are reviewed as they are received.


Law students: Up to 2.0 law school credits for the East Coast edition (if granted by your home institution; for additional information, please email
before applying).

Lawyers: Both newly admitted and experienced attorneys will receive a maximum of 28 transitional and non-transitional, professional practice New York State CLE credits, for the New York Edition.

Certificates of completion will be awarded to all participants at the conclusion of the program.

If you are not a U.S. citizen or legal resident and are in or will enter the U.S. as a non-immigrant, you may need a visa to attend Fashion Law Bootcamp. Please email us for more information.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION about Fashion Law Bootcamp, please email


East Coast: May 29 - June 2, 2018

East Coast: $3,900
The fee includes all expenses associated with the program, including printed materials and special events.

A $250 deposit is due with the application for the East Coast edition or both Bootcamps. The deposit is applied toward the program cost and is non-refundable once accepted into the program.

Faces Off: Kendall + Kylie – Tupac – Biggie

For more on fashion law and IP, check out Fashion Law Bootcamp: Special Edition in Silicon Valley!

Kendall and Kylie Jenner sparked online outrage over their line of tees imposing their own faces and initials over images of such iconic musicians as Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. The sisters have apologized and the line has been withdrawn — in this Yahoo News article, Professor Scafidi explains why:

It’s possible to thread the needle of legally and culturally acceptable unauthorized use — but attempts to use celebrity images on apparel without permission more often wind up in a face plant.

Kendall Jenner apologies for controversial music t-shirts