9th Annual Symposium – Special Rate

9th Annual Symposium - Special Rate
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9th Annual Symposium

Fashion Law Bootcamp - New York and Silicon Valley

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Join us for the highlight of the fashion law calendar: our 9th Annual Symposium on April 12th!

DATE: April 12, 2019
TIME: 9am-6pm
PLACE: Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street
NYS CLE: 6.5 hours total (4.5 professional practice,
transitional & non-transitional, 1.0 diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias; and 1.0 ethics)


  • Kenneth Anand, YEEZY Apparel
  • Diana Bernal, Retail Consultant
  • Meryl Bernstein, Hogan Lovells
  • Claire Bing and Vanessa A. Nadal, Esq., Professors of Cosmetics Regulation, Fordham
  • Lissa Bourjolly, Centric Brands
  • Mary Kate Brennan, Dentons
  • Angela Byun, Condé Nast
  • Ron Coleman, Mandelbaum Salsburg
  • Cristina Del Valle, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Deborah Farone, Farone Advisors
  • Sarah Feingold, First lawyer at Etsy and Vroom
  • Douriean Fletcher, Jewelry designer for Black Panther
  • Chris Giglio, HL Strategic Solutions
  • Robin Gruber, Chanel
  • Nick Hawkins, Under Armour
  • Chi Kim, Balenciaga
  • Cindy Levitt, Mad Engine; Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA)
  • Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler, Diet Prada
  • Krina Merchant, Province Brands
  • Adrienne T. Montes, Gabay & Bowler
  • Casey O’Connor and Dan Tasse, Stitch Fix
  • Aleksandra Petkovic, Shearman & Sterling
  • Nicole Piccirillo, Sam Edelman
  • Grace Sacro and Brittny-Jade Saunders, NYC Commission on Human Rights
  • Professor Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute
  • David Stark, Artestar; Keith Haring Foundation
  • Professor Olivier Sylvain, Fordham School of Law
  • Jeff Trexler, Moda Legal
  • Sara Yood, Jewelers Vigilance Committee
  • Staci Zaretsky, Above the Law



Legal Realism: Designers' IP and the ethics of attorney advertising

Who are you wearing – and is it your client? Legal ethics rules on traditional attorney advertising can seem straightforward, but fashion lawyers in particular face the temptation to brand themselves as fashion mavens and post on social media about style, their sometime fashion clients, and other labels -- at times using trademarks, designs, storefront or studio backgrounds, and runway images. Sit front row as this panel goes beyond old ethics rules to contemporary legal marketing, offering not only an assessment of the law and the rules but also a broader look at how fashion lawyers can and should sell themselves.

Keeping It Real: Streetwear, street art, cannabis, and the law of breaking the rules

Streetwear, street art, even some street drugs – outsider art and culture in various forms are redefining the fashion mainstream. But what does it mean to be “street,” and is that moniker a simple descriptor, an insult, or an assertion of authenticity? Why is street style so compelling that it is influencing everyone from traditional European fashion houses to mass market retailers, and what is the effect of this widespread appropriation? How can a fashion-related enterprise with street roots maintain an authentic transgressive identity while reaching a broad audience? What are the legal complications of engaging in a guerrilla marketing campaign or incorporating graffiti or “aerosol art” and cannabis into fashion, personal care, and other consumer lifestyle products? Ultimately, what are the social, cultural, and legal challenges of keeping it real?

Real Deals: Secrets of effective licensing and collaborations

Why settle for one brand when two will do? Whether designer x retailer, influencer x fashion house, or luxury label x contemporary or mass market company, highly publicized collaborations are driving the fashion industry. At the same time, traditional licensing continues to serve as a source of expansion and revenue for both existing and emerging brands. What are the secrets of a successful partnership in today’s market? Are there pros and cons of licensing versus collaboration? Do fashion labels risk diluting their brand value and identity through multiple licenses or collaborations? How can a company determine whether a proposed partnership is a match made in heaven or an unholy alliance? And is the current collaboration craze a temporary trend or the new normal? This limited-edition panel is brought to you by the letter X.


Hyperreality: AI, privacy, and virtual retail

Is your on-trend designer, insightful stylist, or simpatico sales assistant actually an algorithm? Are virtual and augmented reality the key to reinvigorating retail? Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and new hybrids are useful tools for predicting what consumers want, allowing customers to try on clothes without ever reaching for a zipper, and even staying one step ahead of counterfeiters – especially when these technologies are refined through access to large volumes of data such as sales figures, product reviews, and social media commentary. Privacy concerns have arisen, however, in the wake of data leaks and increased public awareness of the systematic collection and storage of both personally identifiable and aggregate data.  How have the E.U.’s GDPR and subsequent legislation changed the nascent use of AI and VR in fashion? Has the law caught up with the need to protect not only consumers but also both human and virtual creators and their creations? In other words, is the law prepared for the future of fashion?

Real Possibilities: Recent developments in fashion law

Fashion is all about new, now, next, and the law moves almost as fast as the industry. This lightning-round panel will keep you on the cutting edge of developing issues including how to navigate the transformed landscape of retail real estate and the counterintuitive resurgence of luxury malls; antitrust investigations in the U.S. and E.U.; trademark trials and tribulations ranging from the FUCT case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court to ongoing litigation over retail resale and authenticity; competing cosmetics regulation bills under consideration in Congress; and the Federal Trade Commission’s entry into the debate over whether lab-grown diamonds are “real.”

Really? Dolce & Gabbana, Galliano, and other unfashionable faux pas

Call-out culture has raised awareness of racially and ethnically sensitive issues, but despite a steady stream of social media attention to inflammatory incidents and unfortunate products, the fashion industry as a whole is struggling to adapt. How have brands responded to backlash? What is the appropriate response to a public relations crisis, beyond a standard apology? How can innovative inclusivity initiatives change the face of fashion? And what are the newest employment laws and regulations lighting the way?



9th Annual Symposium Sponsors


Inside Out 4: Our Annual Fashion's In-House Counsel Event!
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Inside-Out 4: Fashion’s In-House Counsel

In-house counsel spend countless hours warding off legal nightmares — and what’s worse, those hours are not billable! Join us for our annual New York Fashion Week panel, "Inside Out 4: What Keeps Fashion's In-House Counsel Awake at Night?"!

DATE: Friday, February 8, 2019
TIME: 9:30-10:45am (breakfast 9am)
PLACE: Bateman Room, 2nd Floor, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional


  • Grace Fu, Barneys New York
  • Angela Byun, Condé Nast
  • Elisheva Jasie, Coty
  • Cristina Del Valle & Amy Lamberti,
    Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Paula Barnes, Macy's
  • Jeffrey Hellman, PVH
  • Derek Morales, Ralph Lauren


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Re:Fashion – Legal Issues in the Circular Economy

Re:Fashion in pink circle around Legal Issues in the Circular Economy

Resell. Recycle. Rent. The growing circular economy of fashion can extend the lifecycle of apparel and accessories, but the market innovations that are changing the way we wear are also raising new legal issues. Are there limits on using trademarks to advertise secondary market sales? Do post-consumer products raise consumer safety concerns? Is there a legal downside to upcycling? Join companies and counsel considering these questions and more at our upcoming Fashion Law Institute panel, "Re:Fashion - Legal Issues in the Circular Economy."

DATE: Thursday, October 25, 2018
TIME: 6:00-7:15pm (reception 5:30pm)
PLACE: Bateman Room, 2nd Floor, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional


  • Julie Golden, ADAY
  • John Maltbie and Jana Checa Chong, Louis Vuitton
  • Allyson Tenney, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 
  • Sonia Valdez, eBay
  • Gail Wheeler, Hermès


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Anniversary Event – September 7!

Know Your Faux event - magnifying glass enlarging subtitle, "New Tactics & Tech for Fighting Fakes"

Brand protection in the fashion industry relies not only on sharp legal skills but also on cutting-edge technological measures that can distinguish real from fake, track products through the supply chain, catch counterfeiters, and analyze knockoff merchandise.  Join us during New York Fashion Week for the Fashion Law Institute’s 8th anniversary and an expert discussion of how AI, blockchain, DNA, and other science-based initiatives can help you “Know Your Faux: New Tactics and Tech for Fighting Fakes.”

DATE:  Friday, September 7, 2018
TIME:  9:30-10:45am (breakfast 9am)
LOCATION:  Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street, NYC (Bateman Room, 2nd floor)
CLE:  1.5 New York State CLE credits, professional practice, transitional and non-transitional

Speakers include:

  • Joseph Giblin, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Catherine Malkova, Innovation Labs Leader, Global Business Services North America, IBM
  • Derek Morales, Brand Protection Counsel, Ralph Lauren
  • Clay Shorrock, General and Intellectual Property Counsel, Applied DNA Sciences
  • Vidyuth Srinivasan, Co-Founder and CEO, Entrupy

Fashion Law Institute at Comic-Con!

Graphic with three diamond-shaped superhero shields, each respectively with Native American sun design, Tao image, and Africa with green-yellow-red stripes

The Fashion Law Institute returns to San Diego for five panels on fashion law and pop culture! Professor Susan Scafidi and Associate Director will be part of panels including leading designers, such as Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein and Black Panther jewelry designer Douriean Fletcher; Fashion Law Bootcamp alum and Geekfold founder Lisa Granshaw, and other industry professionals for discussions of the legal side of key issues in geek culture today.

The panels:

Comics, Costumes, and Cultural Appropriation
Modern comics, animation, and related media exhibit an unprecedented degree of diverse representation, but they also raise serious questions about cultural appropriation. Must creators color within the lines of their own heritage? Is wearing a Black Panther costume problematic for anyone not of African descent? Does using folklore or cultural imagery require asking permission from source communities-or even paying them royalties? Jeff Trexler (Fordham School of Law, Fashion Law Institute), Susan Scafidi (Who Owns Culture? Appropriation and Authenticity in American Law), Douriean Fletcher (; specialty jeweler, Black Panther), and Joseph P. Illidge (Valiant) discuss the history, theory, and ethics of comics and cultural exchange.

Careers in Geek Fashion
Geek fashion is an industry that continues to grow each year, and you don’t have to be a designer to work in it. Panelists talk about the career paths available in geek fashion, looking at the jobs within and outside of fashion companies. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw (GeekFold), panelists Sarah Buzby (Ubisoft), Allison Cimino (RockLove Jewelry), Catherine Elhoffer (Elhoffer Design), Jeff Trexler (Fashion Law Institute), and WinterArtwork will discuss their careers and the ways people can work in the industry. There will be a Q&A so panelists can answer any career questions you might have.

The Her Universe Workshop
Want to get in to the business of geek fashion? Calling all designers, artists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. Founder of Her Universe Ashley Eckstein takes a deep dive into the business behind some of your favorite brands. Joining Ashley will be Trevor Schultz, founder of Loungefly; Cindy Levitt, SVP of licensing/Hot Topic; Theresa Mercado, VP of product development/Hot Topic and Professor Susan Scafidi, founder and director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School.

Publishers Weekly: Crowdfunding Ethics and Evolution
Crowdfunding has become an established method of publishing, but as it has grown, questions about how to use it have arisen. What’s the right thing to do when a Kickstarter goes wrong? What’s the next step in crowdfunding? What’s the future of Patreon and Drip? Calvin Reid, Kel McDonald (Sorcery 101), Josh O’Neil (Beehive Press), attorney Jeff Trexler, and Camilla Zhang (Kickstarter) discuss legal and ethical issues in crowdfunding and the latest trends.

“Crazy” Together: The Future of Mental Health and Pop Culture
Mental health is everywhere you look in pop culture. From the Upside Down to the MCU, entertainment media depictions of mental health are increasingly common. But while Stranger Things and Jessica Jones help to normalize mental health challenges, some inaccurate and stigmatizing portrayals persist. How do we further encourage diversity and sensitivity without stifling creativity? Felicia D. Henderson (The Punisher TV series; Teen Titans) will discuss how depictions of trauma and PTSD inform the characterization of Frank Castle. Joseph D. Reitman (Happy! TV series) will talk about his approach to making his character Very Bad Santa more than just a two-dimensional villain. Should the entertainment industry be concerned about how their properties represent mental illness? Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., (Broadcast Thought, All We Ever Wanted) discusses some of his successes and struggles as a forensic psychiatrist advocating for more accurate and less stigmatizing mental health media representation. Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal) will contextualize the discussion and encourage the audience to become more mindful consumers of mental-health-themed media. Moderated by Susan Karlin (Fast Company), this panel will encourage creators, clinicians, and fans to get “crazy” together, shaping the future of mental health and pop culture.