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Professor Scafidi and guests at our 8th annual symposium

Thanks to all of our amazing panelists, attendees, and student volunteers for another successful symposium! We learned about the latest in fashion tax and tech, new developments in legal and industry reform aimed at curbing sexual harassment, and cutting-edge strategies in the worlds of streetwear and social media. For highlights from the panels, check out these write-ups from the Fashion Innovation Alliance, Geekfold, and Lookonline.com, and The Fashion Law Chronicles — and we have a photo album up at our Facebook page.

And be sure to save the date for our 9th annual symposium: April 12, 2019!

Student volunteers and Professor Scafidi at the registration desk for the 8th annual symposium

Watch this space!

It was wonderful to see so many of you at last week’s 8th annual symposium — photos and more will be posted here soon!

8th Annual Symposium:
Fashion Influence

Influence is not just for Instagram. The fashion industry is forever focused on the future – but who and what will determine its direction? Our 8th annual symposium, the highlight of the fashion law calendar, brings together industry thought leaders to share their insights on the forces transforming the law and business of fashion.

TIME: 9am-6pm
PLACE: Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street
NYS CLE: 6.0 hours total (5.0 professional practice,
transitional & non-transitional, and 1.0 diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias - new New York CLE requirement)

Speakers:

  • Kathryne Badura, Marcolin
  • Daniel Bellizio, Bellizio+Igel
  • Meryl Bernstein, Hogan Lovells
  • Mary Kate Brennan, Epstein Drangel
  • Jeff Carvalho, Highsnobiety
  • Stephanie Cegielski, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Antoniette Costa, Humans of Fashion Foundation
  • Tara Donaldson, Sourcing Journal
  • Baptiste’ Ellard, Designer and Visual Artist
  • Craig Fleishman, Rebecca Minkoff
  • David French, National Retail Federation
  • Robin Gruber, Chanel
  • Aurora James, Brother Vellies
  • Hilary Jochmans, Jochmans Consulting
  • Lisa Keith, Steve Madden
  • Wendy Levene, Fenton Model Management
  • Ali Grace Marquart, Eisner Jaffe
  • Sigrid Neilson, Equinox
  • Denning Rodriguez, Holland Knight
  • Kristina Romanova, Humans of Fashion Foundation
  • Grace Sacro, NYC Commission on Human Rights
  • Lauren Sherman, Business of Fashion
  • Stan Sherwood, Sherwood Associates
  • Doreen Small, Eisner Jaffe
  • Professor Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham
  • Jeff Trexler, Attorney
  • Kenya Wiley, Fashion Innovation Alliance

Schedule:

9:00am
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:25am
WELCOME

9:30-10:30am
Money Makes the World Go ‘Round

From personal packages to shipping pallets, fashion transactions take place every day under the watchful eye of government – which of course demands its due in the form of taxes, tariffs, and various forms of financial oversight. But what happens when a worldwide resurgence of populism, nationalism, and local autonomy appears poised to rewrite the rules? The U.S. Supreme Court’s pending examination of state taxes and internet sales, the growth of protectionist tariffs, VAT variations, and the breakdown of international agreements are just a few of the developments that lawyers, designers, and executives need to know in order to act locally and think globally.

10:45am-12pm
Fashion TECHtonics

Was a fashion trend forecaster responsible for the election of Donald Trump? The stylish backstory of Cambridge Analytica’s controversial Facebook datamining is just one example of the possibilities and problems of fashion and technology. Is typical fashion industry use of customer information ethical and legal? What are the implications of the Zappos decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation? Are blockchain and smart contracts a cure-all for anti-counterfeiting efforts and supply chain monitoring? Will fashion initial coin offerings presage a financing revolution? This panel will help assess the long-term legal impact of recent concerns over data privacy, cybersecurity, digital algorithms, and artificial intelligence.

12-1:15pm
LUNCH

1:15-2:15pm
Refashioning Rights

Hashtags against harassment have filled the headlines for months following the accusations against former film and fashion executive Harvey Weinstein and other industry figures – and our October panel on the subject – but how will #MeToo and #TimesUp be codifed for future generations? Existing federal laws regarding sexual harassment can be traced to pathbreaking reform in New York City, and the current movement has brought renewed attention to the role of local governments, NGOs, and corporate codes as forces for legal innovation. Activists and fashion industry insiders reveal new analyses and innovative initiatives designed to address this vital issue.

2:30-3:30pm
Street Smart

From the Dapper Dan revival to the rise of Supreme and Kith and most recently LV’s hiring of Off-White founder Virgil Abloh, street style is fashion’s hottest category, with customers lining up for blocks in advance of the latest releases. This transition from street to elite has brought with it a series of legal and ethical issues, too many of which are catching lawyers and designers by surprise. What are the rules of the game for collaborating with long-established brands, influencers, or outsider artists? When does an homage cross the line into intellectual property infringement or cultural appropriation? Are counterfeiting and the resale market out of control? And what are the written (and unwritten) rules for managing street-style crowds on city sidewalks and actual streets? Join this panel to get the drop on law and street style.

3:45-5:00pm
Intellectual Property and the Court of Public Opinion

The rise of the internet compounded the problem of copying in fashion, but can social media succeed in protecting designers where intellectual property law has thus far failed? Are the power of Instagram ire and Twitter outrage independent forces or reliant on a backdrop of copyright, patent, and trademark law? Do online exchanges and petitions clarify or confuse complex issues like cultural appropriation or the unauthorized use of street art on clothing and in ad campaigns? Can both established labels and indie designers make use of social media in their brand protection strategies? How should companies address viral accusations of illicit copying? Intellectual property experts have historically focused on legislative, administrative, and judicial decisions, but today fashion professionals across the industry must increasingly consider the judgments of the court of public opinion.

5-6pm
RECEPTION

REGISTER NOW!

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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
 
SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
  • Angie Byun, Condé Nast
  • Avery Fischer, Ralph Lauren
  • Grace Fu, Barneys New York
  • Jeffrey Hellman, PVH
  • Louise Firestone, LVMH
  • Sarah Feingold, Vroom.com

Holiday Double Gavel Treat

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

Influence is not just for Instagram. The fashion industry is forever focused on the future – but who and what will determine its direction? Our 8th annual symposium, the highlight of the fashion law calendar, brings together industry thought leaders to share their insights on the forces transforming the law and business of fashion.

TIME: 9am-6pm
PLACE: Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street
NYS CLE: 6.0 hours total (5.0 professional practice,
transitional & non-transitional, and 1.0 diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias - new New York CLE requirement)

Speakers:

  • Kathryne Badura, Marcolin
  • Daniel Bellizio, Bellizio+Igel
  • Meryl Bernstein, Hogan Lovells
  • Mary Kate Brennan, Epstein Drangel
  • Jeff Carvalho, Highsnobiety
  • Stephanie Cegielski, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Antoniette Costa, Humans of Fashion Foundation
  • Tara Donaldson, Sourcing Journal
  • Baptiste’ Ellard, Designer and Visual Artist
  • Craig Fleishman, Rebecca Minkoff
  • David French, National Retail Federation
  • Robin Gruber, Chanel
  • Aurora James, Brother Vellies
  • Hilary Jochmans, Jochmans Consulting
  • Lisa Keith, Steve Madden
  • Wendy Levene, Fenton Model Management
  • Ali Grace Marquart, Eisner Jaffe
  • Sigrid Neilson, Equinox
  • Denning Rodriguez, Holland Knight
  • Kristina Romanova, Humans of Fashion Foundation
  • Grace Sacro, NYC Commission on Human Rights
  • Lauren Sherman, Business of Fashion
  • Stan Sherwood, Sherwood Associates
  • Doreen Small, Eisner Jaffe
  • Professor Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham
  • Jeff Trexler, Attorney
  • Kenya Wiley, Fashion Innovation Alliance

Schedule:

9:00am
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:25am
WELCOME

9:30-10:30am
Money Makes the World Go ‘Round

From personal packages to shipping pallets, fashion transactions take place every day under the watchful eye of government – which of course demands its due in the form of taxes, tariffs, and various forms of financial oversight. But what happens when a worldwide resurgence of populism, nationalism, and local autonomy appears poised to rewrite the rules? The U.S. Supreme Court’s pending examination of state taxes and internet sales, the growth of protectionist tariffs, VAT variations, and the breakdown of international agreements are just a few of the developments that lawyers, designers, and executives need to know in order to act locally and think globally.

10:45am-12pm
Fashion TECHtonics

Was a fashion trend forecaster responsible for the election of Donald Trump? The stylish backstory of Cambridge Analytica’s controversial Facebook datamining is just one example of the possibilities and problems of fashion and technology. Is typical fashion industry use of customer information ethical and legal? What are the implications of the Zappos decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation? Are blockchain and smart contracts a cure-all for anti-counterfeiting efforts and supply chain monitoring? Will fashion initial coin offerings presage a financing revolution? This panel will help assess the long-term legal impact of recent concerns over data privacy, cybersecurity, digital algorithms, and artificial intelligence.

12-1:15pm
LUNCH

1:15-2:15pm
Refashioning Rights

Hashtags against harassment have filled the headlines for months following the accusations against former film and fashion executive Harvey Weinstein and other industry figures – and our October panel on the subject – but how will #MeToo and #TimesUp be codifed for future generations? Existing federal laws regarding sexual harassment can be traced to pathbreaking reform in New York City, and the current movement has brought renewed attention to the role of local governments, NGOs, and corporate codes as forces for legal innovation. Activists and fashion industry insiders reveal new analyses and innovative initiatives designed to address this vital issue.

2:30-3:30pm
Street Smart

From the Dapper Dan revival to the rise of Supreme and Kith and most recently LV’s hiring of Off-White founder Virgil Abloh, street style is fashion’s hottest category, with customers lining up for blocks in advance of the latest releases. This transition from street to elite has brought with it a series of legal and ethical issues, too many of which are catching lawyers and designers by surprise. What are the rules of the game for collaborating with long-established brands, influencers, or outsider artists? When does an homage cross the line into intellectual property infringement or cultural appropriation? Are counterfeiting and the resale market out of control? And what are the written (and unwritten) rules for managing street-style crowds on city sidewalks and actual streets? Join this panel to get the drop on law and street style.

3:45-5:00pm
Intellectual Property and the Court of Public Opinion

The rise of the internet compounded the problem of copying in fashion, but can social media succeed in protecting designers where intellectual property law has thus far failed? Are the power of Instagram ire and Twitter outrage independent forces or reliant on a backdrop of copyright, patent, and trademark law? Do online exchanges and petitions clarify or confuse complex issues like cultural appropriation or the unauthorized use of street art on clothing and in ad campaigns? Can both established labels and indie designers make use of social media in their brand protection strategies? How should companies address viral accusations of illicit copying? Intellectual property experts have historically focused on legislative, administrative, and judicial decisions, but today fashion professionals across the industry must increasingly consider the judgments of the court of public opinion.

5-6pm
RECEPTION

Register now!

$ 0.00
/

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?

PANELISTS:

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  • 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?

PANELISTS:

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

Register here!

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."

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

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

Sold Out!

The Fashion Law Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the world’s first academic center devoted to the law and business of fashion. For more information about the Institute or the CLE hardship policy, please contact us at events@fashionlawinstitute.com.