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Fashion Law Bootcamp – Deposit

A $250 deposit is due with the application. The deposit is applied toward the program cost and is non-refundable (unless not accepted into the program, in which case the deposit is refunded). If you prefer check, money order, or wire transfer, please let us know and we'll provide the requisite information!
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Combating Copycats: How to Protect Your Designs

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Constantly combating copycats?  Join Fleur du Mal founder Jennifer Zuccarini and Professor Susan Scafidi, founder of the Fashion Law Institute, for an update on the latest in intellectual property protection strategies -- and a conversation about the future of copyrights, trademarks, patents, and the fashion industry.  If you have individual questions and would like to schedule a free consultation through the Fashion Law Institute Pop-Up Clinic, please indicate your request below.  This event is limited to fashion design professionals and design students only and is not open to attorneys, media, or the general public.

DATE:  Thursday, November 7, 2019
TIME:  6:00-7:00pm
PLACE:  Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street, New York, NY  10023

Ethics CLE on 10/10

Event announcement - Gig Reflex: Will Fashion Find New Independent Contractor Laws Hard to Swallow? (Graphic: nauseated face emoji)

Are independent contractors the new sweatshop workers? California’s new legislation implies just that, and while it’s aimed at reclassifying Uber and Lyft drivers, it will also have an impact on the fashion industry — not just on the West Coast but across the country. In this edition of our annual ethics CLE program, we will explain how employee and independent contractor standards are evolving, as well as what this means for fashion and the ethical practice of law. Key issues include the following:

  • How is the law of independent contractor and employee status changing? What will these changes mean for the fashion industry? 
  • To what extent can New York attorneys advise clients facing employment classification issues in other states?
  • Should legal ethics rules on state bar membership change to reflect today’s interstate economy?
  • And as legislators and regulators across the country follow California in condemning independent contractor status as a form of exploitation, how should attorneys design contracts to address this ethical concern?

DATE: Thursday, October 10, 2019
TIME: 6:30 - 7:45pm (reception 6:00pm)
PLACE: Bateman Room, 2nd Floor, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours (1.0 hours ethics; 0.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional)

SPEAKERS INCLUDE

  • Elisheva Hirshman, PVH Corp.
  • Joey Hunter, Fashion and Talent Industry Consultant
  • Karyn D. Jefferson, Benjamin Moore & Co.
  • Rebecca Nathanson, NYS Department of Labor

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Event: Retail Survival in Turbulent Times

Fashion's 9 Lives: Retail Survival in Turbulent Times event - September 6, 2019 from 9:30-10:45am - cat with tail in shape of a 9 - 9th anniversary event!

At a time when high-profile bankruptcies, international protests, and tariff wars are disrupting the retail environment, how can the fashion industry land on its feet? What are the best strategies for dealing with our uncertain economic future? Are there steps brands can take to keep tariffs and turmoil from cutting into fashion’s crucial 4th quarter retail sales? How can vendors protect themselves before a store goes bankrupt, and what should they do after a bankruptcy petition is filed? Join our panel of experts as they discuss these questions and more at our 9th anniversary New York Fashion Week event, “Fashion's 9 Lives: Retail Survival in Turbulent Times.” 

DATE: Friday, September 6, 2019
TIME: 9:30 - 10:45am (breakfast 9:00am)
PLACE: Bateman Room, 2nd Floor, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

  • Danica Chin, Tiffany & Co.
  • Anna  Fan, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
  • Jon Gold, National Retail Federation
  • Charles Miller, Macy's
  • Jeff Trexler, Moda Legal
  • Gary Wassner, Hilldun

REGISTER HERE!

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Fashion Law Pop-Up Clinic

Fordham Law student - now alum! - Adrienne Montes welcoming Fashion Law Pop-Up clinic attendees

Next clinic: Friday, January 24, 2020

(Appointment required)

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We’re here to help! A key part of the Fashion Law Institute’s mission is providing legal assistance to designers and fashion industry professionals, not only in the form of educational programming but also by offering free legal consultations. Long before the launch of the Institute, we realized that there was no fashion-specific pro bono legal program available, and that many emerging and independent designers lacked access to basic legal advice tailored to the fashion industry. With the help of the CFDA, we set out to fill that information gap.

Our series of Fashion Law Pop-Up Clinics matches each individual designer with a volunteer attorney who has both fashion experience and expertise related to the question at hand, along with an advanced student studying fashion law for extra assistance. (We came up with the “pop-up” name as a nod to retail pop-up stores – and a way to distinguish this program from traditional law school clinical courses.)

If you are a designer with a question or an attorney who would like to volunteer, please click here or email us for more information. Designers and other fashion industry professionals, please understand that we do not ordinarily arrange legal counsel apart from the Fashion Law Pop-Up Clinics and that space in this popular program is limited.

Immoral Trademarks Ban is FUCT

In a ruling that was not at all a surprise given its earlier decision allowing the registration offensive marks, the Supreme Court has found that the longstanding prohibition on registering immoral and scandalous trademarks violates the First Amendment. The victory by fashion brand FUCT success is a sign of streetwear’s rapidly growing cultural influence. Not long ago, streetwear synonymous with ASBOs (UK – anti-social behavior orders), danger, and illegality in racially charged trope. Now, street fashion is restyling the law.

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9th Annual Symposium – Special Rate

9th Annual Symposium - Special Rate
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