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Video: Fashion & the Coronavirus panel

Thank you to our panelists and attendees at our first online event! The complete video is above. We tried to answer as many questions as we could either in the group chat or in our discussions, but more responses and resources will follow soon!


If you are an attorney seeking continuing legal education credit from New York or a state with New York reciprocity, you can receive CLE credit whether you saw the livestream or watch the event on demand.  Simply email us for the CLE materials link/password; fill out this official form, including the special codes announced at various points during the session; and email the completed to (If you've already emailed it to a different address, you don't need to email it again — we monitor all of our email addresses!)

For those watching the video on demand, the opportunity to request CLE credit will be available through April 30, 2020.

DATE: Friday, March 27, 2020
TIME: 9:30 - 10:45am NYC time
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours professional practice,
transitional and non-transitional

Fashion & the Coronavirus

"Going viral" was the most sought-after metaphor of the millennium -- until a real virus stopped the world from turning. Our hearts go out to all who have suffered during the current crisis, whether directly through illness or indirectly through upheaval in our personal and professional lives.

We all want to reach out and contribute what we can at this difficult time. For the Fashion Law Institute, that means connecting with you, our global community, and offering a free online event with CLE credit for attorneys and information for everyone.

The coronavirus has of course raised many concerns throughout the fashion industry, from managing production and the supply chain to re-reading contracts, changing retail's try-on culture, closing stores, canceling events, and shifting work online, all the while maintaining continuity with regard to brand protection and other legal matters.

If this moment in history has an (antimicrobial) silver lining, it's that we can come together to share solutions for the issues at hand and the rebuilding that is still to come.

The coronavirus may have a regal name, but cooperation is humanity's crowning glory.

Be well, and we hope to see you at our 10th annual symposium, now in September!


  • Diana Bernal, Retail consultant
  • Nancy Bishai, APP Group (MACKAGE and SOIA & KYO)
  • Cristina Del Valle, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Karyn D. Jefferson, Benjamin Moore & Co.
  • Tony Kim, Hero Within
  • Don M. Obert, The Obert Law Firm
  • Jeff Trexler, Moda Legal
  • Gary Wassner, Hilldun
  • Moderator: Professor Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute

10th Annual Symposium

Photo of seated attendees and panelists at 9th annual symposium

Join us for the highlight of the fashion law calendar: our 10th Annual Symposium!

DATE: September 2020 (TBA)
TIME: 9am-6pm
PLACE: Costantino Room, 2nd floor, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street

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Fashion Law Bootcamp

Fashion Law Bootcamp - New York and Silicon Valley

Welcome to Bootcamp!

MAY 26 - 30, 2020

JULY 15-17, 2020

Unless circumstances necessitate a change, we're still planning to hold the New York edition in May and the Silicon Valley edition in July. Fashion Law Bootcamp is a special experience, and we do not want to postpone prematurely.

The  current situation has brought to light key legal and business issues relevant to the entire industry, and we look forward to discussing them with all of our Bootcampers so you can be even more effective in helping the fashion community!

Circumstances may continue to shift over the next couple of weeks, so our contingency plans are as follows:

New York

  • If travel and meeting restrictions are still in place or classroom facilities are on lockdown, Fashion Law Bootcamp will go on via livestream.  Since Fashion Law Bootcampers all are from around the globe, we'll adjust the schedule and choose a time of day when everyone is awake and we can all interact with one another.
  • If official health guidelines allow us to meet in person, we will.  If, however, you're unable or prefer not to travel, you'll have the option to defer until our next regularly scheduled session, most likely at a similar time in 2021.
  • We know you have to manage your travel plans, and we will let you know the final decision regarding whether we will connect via livestream or gather in person by April 26, a month in advance.

Silicon Valley

  • We're still working out the details of conducting the Silicon Valley edition, since our brand partners have both heightened restrictions on in-person access to their headquarters and strict confidentiality policies that may limit our ability to livestream. For those attending the Silicon Valley edition, we'll have more information about alternative accommodations as soon as possible.

For both editions:

  • To make sure we all have an opportunity to connect in person, we're also planning a special gathering for next May or June, with details to follow.  In addition, all accepted Bootcampers will be invited to attend this year's milestone 10th anniversary symposium in September (date to be announced soon) as our guests.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we deal with a most unusual situation, and please let us know if we can assist you with other questions. Thank you from all of us here at the Fashion Law Institute — be well, and all our best to you and yours!


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® New York edition – and is internationally recognized for her expertise. The program will also feature guest lecturers from the fashion industry.

Photo of attendees at Fashion Law Bootcamp next to boot with pink flowers

Fashion Law Bootcamp®  is open to lawyers, fashion industry professionals, law students, design students and alumni, 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.

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



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


Law students: Fashion Law Bootcamp does not issue a Fordham transcript; academic credit will need approval from your home institution. For additional information, please read this and email
before applying).

Lawyers: Both newly admitted and experienced attorneys will receive a maximum of 28.0 transitional and non-transitional, professional practice New York State CLE credits, for the New York Edition.

California CLE credit certification renewal for the San Francisco/Silicon Valley edition is pending; based on previous years, the amount of CLE credits for this version should be 14.0 transitional and non-transitional, professional practice New York State CLE credits, and 12.0 CLE credit hours for California.

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. A student visa is NOT required; attendees typically use a B-2 or B-1 visa depending on their particular interests, or, for qualified countries, the visa waiver program. Please email us for more information.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION about Fashion Law Bootcamp, please email


New York: May 26 - 30, 2020

Silicon Valley: July 15-17, 2020


The New York edition covers the entire content of Professor Scafidi's pioneering two-credit-hour Fashion Law course.

The Silicon Valley edition covers special topics in fashion law with a technology focus, with sessions at the headquarters of leading brands. This year will once again include Apple HQ in Cupertino, with more to be announced.


New York: $2,450, which includes all expenses associated with the program (except for room and board), including printed materials and special events.

Silicon Valley: $975, which includes all expenses associated with the program (except for room and board), including printed materials and special events. A special reduced rate is available for attendees of both editions!


A $250 deposit is due with the application for either edition or both Bootcamps. The deposit is applied toward the program cost and is non-refundable once accepted into the program. We look forward to receiving your application!


There are a number of places to stay in New York, San Francisco, and surrounding areas. In New York, there are special rates available for Fashion Law Bootcamp attendees at two great hotels: the Hudson and the Empire. Details are provided in the admittance letter.

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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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Inside Out 5

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CSM x Fashion Law Institute

Transparent Fashion Law Institute gavel and spool of thread logo over UK and US flags

The Fashion Law Institute is going to London!

A new decade brings new opportunities and challenges to the fashion industry – and when it comes to strategic thinking, two heads are better than one. Join thought leaders from the Fashion Law Institute and Central Saint Martins, together for the first time to discuss the changing legal and business landscape and what it means for fashion’s future.

The first annual CSM x Fashion Law Institute Fashion Law Professional Development Workshop will take place on November 5, 2020 (NEW DATE) from 10am-4pm at CSM . Exploring what’s ahead in the industry, it’s designed to share everything our two institutions’ know about the industry’s legal and business environment, supporting professionals who want to prepare for fashion’s changing future.

This programme is created for designers, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and other fashion industry professionals. It will be led by Professor Susan Scafidi, the Fashion Law Institute’s founder and director, and Jeff Trexler, the Institute’s associate director, in conjunction with Central Saint Martins Fashion academics. Other guest speakers will include fashion in-house counsel, designers, and executives.

The level of this workshop is intermediate or advanced and would suit practicing professionals that would like to learn more about Fashion Law.

The aim of the workshop is to underpin innovative design and communication with a richer awareness of fashion law and business for fashion industry professionals. The programme will cover key developments and trends in such important areas as intellectual property, privacy, advertising, antitrust, and international trade.

This Professional Development day will be a mixture of discussions and lectures. This dynamic structure has been designed to be engaging and allow for participants to network, learn from each other and gain valuable information from the course leaders.

Register here!

(Please note that outside the U.S., the shortform for November 5, 2020 is written as 5/11/2020 — that’s November, not May!)

Inside Out 5: Fashion’s In-House Counsel

Sold out announcement for event -- Inside Out 5: Fashion's In-House Counsel on the New Roaring '20s, on Friday, February 7, 9:30-10:45am. Black and white image of a Prohibition-era woman's legs with a flask tucked in a garter.


A new decade brings new challenges to the fashion industry, and in-house counsel are at the cutting edge of change. Join us for our annual New York Fashion Week legal speakeasy, "Inside Out 5: Fashion's In-House Counsel on the New Roaring '20s." 

DATE: Friday, February 7, 2020
TIME: 9:30-10:45am (breakfast 9am)
PLACE: Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street, Room 7-119
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional


  • Karyn D. Jefferson, Benjamin Moore
  • Marie Funel, Birchbox
  • Nick Barnhorst, Fresh
  • Louise Firestone, LVMH
  • Jeffrey Hellman, PVH
  • Ashley Valdes, Warby Parker

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays from all of us at the Fashion Law Institute! Image shows brick wall and fireplace, with wooden Fashion Law Institute gavel logo on wall

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Registration will be available in January for these upcoming events:
Friday, February 7 — Inside Out 5: Fashion’s In-House Counsel
Friday, April 3 — 10th Annual Symposium

Applications for Fashion Law Bootcamp are also open!

And, if you’re feeling the spirit of the season, the glee of a holiday bonus, or simply the satisfaction of planning a tax deduction before the end of the year, please help us continue the work of the Fashion Law Institute with your donation. We’re a self-supporting 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and contributions at all levels
are deeply appreciated!