Inside Out 3: Fashion’s In-House Counsel

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT AND REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Join us for the Fashion Law Institute's 8th annual symposium — the highlight of the fashion law calendar and your opportunity to stay on top of the world of fashion law! 

Mergers and acquisitions, a public offering, sale of a brand, store closings and e-commerce launches, corporate reorganization, activist investors, changes in management or creative -- seismic shifts within a fashion company require new legal strategies for success. To learn how in-house counsel are dealing with this unprecedented time of transition, join us for our New York Fashion Week panel, "Inside Out 3: Buying In, Selling Out, and Changing it Up"!
DATE: Thursday, February 8, 2018
TIME: 9:30-10:45am (breakfast 9am)
PLACE: Room 3-04, 3rd Floor, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional
  • Angie Byun, Condé Nast
  • Avery Fischer, Ralph Lauren
  • Grace Fu, Barneys New York
  • Jeffrey Hellman, PVH
  • Louise Firestone, LVMH
  • Sarah Feingold,

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Register for both of next year's upcoming events - Inside Out 3, with fashion's in-house counsel, and our 8th annual symposium!

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8th Annual Symposium

Join fashion industry thought leaders in discussing the forces shaping the fashion world at the highlight of the fashion law calendar, our 8th Annual Symposium on April 20, 2018.

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Professor Scafidi in Dubai!

Professor Scafidi will be in Dubai next week for a luncheon hosted by Fordham and the Fashion Law Institute. Please email us if you have any questions about the event!

Dead to Rights

Day of the Dead skull decorated with Fashion Law Institute needle and spool of thread logo

Dead to Rights: Ethical Perspectives on Cultural Appropriation, Postmortem Rights of Publicity, and the Ghost of Harvey Weinstein

DATE: Thursday, October 26, 2017
TIME: 6:00-7:50pm (reception 5:30pm)
PLACE: Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street, 2nd floor
NYS CLE: 2.0 hours ethics

Halloween and the Day of the Dead are fast approaching, and for this year's annual ethics CLE event, we'd like to treat you to a pair of thought-provoking panels.  Join us for an insightful -- and at times hair-raising -- discussion of issues from intellectual property's twilight zone and on the cutting edge of sexual harassment law:

  • When does a costume constitute cultural misappropriation?
  • How can we keep fear of cultural appropriation from curtailing cultural exchange in fashion?
  • Should fashion houses be haunted by ghosts of celebrities past in states without postmortem publicity rights?


  • Do settlement agreements in sexual harassment cases bury victims in unethical silence?
  • What does Harvey Weinstein's ghastly employment contract say about the spirit of corporate law?
  • Should business partners be scared off by allegations of sexual harassment?
  • What can we do to make the fashion industry a less frightening place?


MODERATOR: Jeff Trexler, Attorney and Associate Director, Fashion Law Institute

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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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“To C&D or not to C&D?”

Professor Susan Scafidi, Nicole Marra (Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Affairs), James Donoian (Partner, McCarter & English) , and John Maltbie (Director of Intellectual Property, Civil Enforcement Louis Vuitton Americas)

If you missed our anniversary event — or would like a reminder of its key points — Laurel Marcus at DFR: Daily Fashion Report has a smart and fun write-up here! The article provides a comprehensive overview of the panel’s main points, and you’ll also read about Professor Scafidi’s tribute to the late Pierre Bergé and the connection between Taylor Swift and the Gucci jacket featured in the pic below — and for more pics from the event, check out the photo album on the Fashion Law Institute’s Facebook page!

Speakers' tote bags, including a Gucci bag with a snake

Nicole Marra in Gucci jacket with guests

CLE on Broadway!

War Paint - CLE on Broadway!


If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please email

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