Register now: Annual Ethics CLE

Panelists at Athlegal event on sports apparel, featuring Professor Scafidi and counsel from Fanatics, Nike, Conde Nast, and New York Road Runners

Early-bird registration is now open for our October 26th evening event!

Annual Ethics CLE Event - October 26, 2017
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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

Fashion and Government Need Closer Ties, Maloney Says

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, holding out fist in front of her, starting a fashion revolution!

WWD reports on Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney’s call for a new dedicated fashion industry lobby to address the cutting-edge issues raised at the Fashion Law Institute’s 7th Annual Symposium, Fashion Revolutions:

Maloney’s solution: an official fashion industry lobby.

“You’ve got to start an organization that represents all of you and that represents your interests because you’re artists, you’re working all the time, you don’t have time to go to Washington D.C. and tell us,” Maloney said.

Without a lobby and a consensus on some core priorities, Maloney said the fashion industry faces an uphill battle, including with the Garment District rezoning.

“If you don’t become [a lobby] and fight for it, you’re fighting against real estate companies that have billions and billions of dollars and you’re going to lose.”

More at WWD!

Berets and Revolution

Student volunteers at the Fashion Law Institute's Fashion Revolutions symposium wear black berets bearing the Fashion Law Institute's needle-and-spool gavel logo

Our Fashion Revolutions volunteers wore berets bearing the Fashion Law Institute’s award-winning logo — and iD magazine has this to say about the beret’s history and significance as a revolutionary symbol for our today.

Ironically, though, the beret’s most famous wearers have almost all been revolutionaries. In 1960, photographer Alberto Korda captured Che Guevara in Guerrillero Heroico, his most iconic portrait, wearing a black beret embroidered with a commander’s star. The image, which continues to decorate college dorm rooms to this day, cemented the beret as a symbol of resistance. The Black Panther Party also harnessed the hat’s power in the 1960s, claiming it as part of their much-photographed de facto uniform: black beret, black pants, black leather jacket. The Young Lords Party in New York wore purple berets, and the radical Chicano Brown Berets took their name from their signature caps.

And when Beyoncé played the Super Bowl halftime show in 2016, her backing dancers wore black berets in homage to the Panthers, their arms raised in a black power salute. Rudy Giuliani called the performance an “attack” on the police during an appearance on FOX News, and departments throughout the country discussed protesting; other viewers praised the icon’s show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.