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!
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