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Designing Diversity

Diversity ribbon with a gradient of skin tones

Diversity ribbon with a gradient of skin tones

Fashion appears to be on a path to greater racial diversity, from the runway to the boardroom.  How can the industry continue this progress, however, if the U.S. Supreme Court invalidates affirmative action, a key civil rights tool for over 50 years?  While the current cases arose in the educational context, with challenges to admissions policies at the University of North Carolina and Harvard – and by extension, parallel policies at the  majority of institutions of higher education across the country, including design schools – the potential impact is even broader.  Could a pledge to stock more products from an underrepresented group, a hiring strategy intended to achieve racial or other forms of diversity, or a program of targeted support for minority designers soon be considered unconstitutional?  Please join the Fashion Law Institute online for “Designing Diversity after Affirmative Action,” an advance discussion of legal and ethical strategies for promoting the full spectrum of style in light of the Court’s pending decision.

DATE:  Thursday, November 10, 2022
TIME:  6:00-7:15 pm
PLACE: Zoom
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours Ethics and Professionalism, transitional and non-transitional

SPEAKERS:
Peter D. Arnold, Fashion Scholarship Fund
Ifeoma Ike, Pink Cornrows
Colette Stanford, SPARC Group
Kenya Wiley, Georgetown University

MODERATOR:
Jeff Trexler, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund /
Professor of Fashion Ethics at Fordham Law

Register now!

Due to the social significance of this topic, there is no required registration fee. Voluntary donations are welcome – and tax-deductible!

Video: Fashion Police

Fashion Police: Decency Exposed and Retail Ransacked, image of two handcuffs

FASHION POLICE

Retail Ransacked: Theft on the Rise
&
Decency Exposed: The New Culture Wars

Thank you to our panelists and attendees at our in-person double header symposium! The complete videos of the panels are above. If you missed the panels, feel free to watch it here!

 

ATTORNEY CLE INFORMATION

If you are an attorney seeking continuing legal education credit from New York or a state with New York reciprocity, you have the opportunity to receive CLE credit by watching these panels from our 12th annual symposium, Fashion Police, on demand. Once you have registered below $55 (attorneys) or $45 (Bootcamp and Fordham alumni), simply email us with the completed attorney affirmation form and we will send you the link/password to the CLE materials. At various points during the session special codes are posted on the screen and closed captions for you to note on the form.

DATE: September 8, 2022
TIME:  9:00-11:45 am
PLACE: Costantino Room, 2nd Floor,  Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62 St.
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours Professional Practice, 1.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias, transitional and non-transitional

 

Retail Ransacked: Theft on the Rise speakers:

  • Matthew Bauer, Madison Avenue Business Improvement District
  • Christopher Hornig, Saks Off Fifth
  • Estelle Strykers-Santiago, New York County District Attorney’s Office
  • Ashley Valdes, Warby Parker
  • MODERATOR: Professor Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham

Decency Exposed: The New Culture Wars speakers: 

  • Marilee Holmes, Save the Children
  • Professor Kimberly Jenkins, The Fashion and Race Database and Artis Solomon Consulting
  • Professor Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham
  • MODERATOR:  Jeff Trexler, Interim Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Press

Walmart Sneaker Theft, $225,000 Insider Heist Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Sourcing Journal, September 9, 2022

“Fashion Police” An Arresting Symposium at Fashion Law Institute
Look Online, September 9, 2022

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Fashion Police

Fashion Police: Decency Exposed and Retail Ransacked, image of two handcuffs

Fashion Police: Decency Exposed and Retail Ransacked, image of two handcuffs FASHION POLICE 

Retail Ransacked: Theft on the Rise
&
Decency Exposed: The New Culture Wars


We’re not the fashion police — though we’re asked that question quite often! — but we are keeping a close watch on current developments involving fashion and policing.  Join us on the eve of New York Fashion Week for FASHION POLICE, a double-header symposium in partnership with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  The first panel, “Retail Ransacked: Theft on the Rise,” will address this growing trend, its causes and effects, and strategies and public/private initiatives to combat it.  In case you missed our popular event at San Diego Comic Con, we’ll reprise it with our second panel, “Decency Exposed: The New Culture Wars,” an exploration of obscenity, decency, and current regulation of what we do or don’t wear.  We look forward to welcoming you back to campus for the first time since the start of the pandemic!  Dress code: Clothed, please. 

DATE:  Thursday, September 8, 2022
TIME:  9:00-11:45 am (breakfast 8:30am)
PLACE: Costantino Room, 2nd Floor,  Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62 St.
NYS CLE: 3 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional

Reservations recommended to guarantee admission. 

Retail Ransacked: Theft on the Rise speakers:

  • Matthew Bauer, Madison Avenue Business Improvement District
  • Christopher Hornig, Saks Off Fifth 
  • Estelle Strykers-Santiago, New York County District Attorney’s Office
  • Ashley Valdes, Warby Parker
  • MODERATOR: Professor Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham

Decency Exposed: The New Culture Wars speakers: 

  • Marilee Holmes, Save the Children
  • Professor Kimberly Jenkins, The Fashion and Race Database and Artis Solomon Consulting 
  • Professor Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham
  • MODERATOR:  Jeff Trexler, Interim Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

For more information about the Institute or the CLE hardship policy, please contact us at events@fashionlawinstitute.com.

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Inside Out 7

Sad face mask wearing a surgical mask, next to a smiling face mask
As the curtain rises on the post-pandemic era, spring arrives in the northern hemisphere, and fashion runways herald a fresh wave of creative design, the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald seem particularly apt:


I once thought that there were no second acts in American lives, but there was certainly to be a second act to New York's boom days.

Indeed, the entire world is poised for a fresh start after an unanticipated intermission -- but how will the forces of change play out on fashion law's global stage?  Our 7th annual February fashion month event, "Inside Out 7: Fashion's in-house counsel on the industry's next act," brings together a distinguished group of counsel from leading fashion companies to share their insights into proposed sustainability legislation, newly revealed perils of boilerplate language, retail security challenges, diversity developments, intellectual property meets digital fashion, and more.  We look forward to seeing you online this Friday, February 25, from 8:45-10:00am New York time -- ready to remove our masks and act!

DATE: Friday, February 25, 2022
TIME: 8:45-10:00am
PLACE: Online via Zoom
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional

Speakers:
  • Ewa Abrams, Kering
  • Louise Firestone, LVMH Moët Hennesy Louis Vuitton Inc.
  • Jeffrey Hellman, PVH Corp.
  • Lesley Matty, Tiffany & Co.
  • Moderated by Angie Byun, AB World

For more information about the Institute or the CLE hardship policy, please contact us at events@fashionlawinstitute.com.

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

Shirtless grey-bearded old man wearing crown and blue shirt and holding Fashion Law Institute gavel logo sees himself fully clothed in mirror

Welcome to the future of fashion – or at least a profitable parallel universe!  Even as the fashion industry has endured a pandemic era characterized by working from home in sweats, we’ve seen dramatic growth in digitized and digital-first fashion for our avatars in online dressing rooms and virtual worlds, fashion-related NFTs (authorized or otherwise), and wearable technology that opens doors to the metaverse in the form of AR and VR.  Fashion consumers aren’t likely to go without tangible threads entirely, unlike the emperor in the classic tale, but the possibilities for virtual fashion are endless – as are the related intellectual property and other legal issues.

In keeping with this duality of digital and physical worlds, please join our panel of experts as we convene both online via livestream and in person before a small studio audience, in a space provided courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg in NYC.  We are excited to take a step toward the return of in-person events, but please understand that symposium seating is extremely limited and available by confirmed advance reservation only.  Attendees must show proof of vaccination to enter and wear masks when not eating, drinking, or speaking on the panel. The livestream of "The Emperor's New Clothes: Digital Fashion, NFTs, Cryptocurrency, and the New Intangibles" is, of course, open to all!

DATE: Friday, November 12, 2021
TIME: 9:30-10:45am EST (New York time)
PLACE: Zoom or IRL (details provided with confirmed registration)
CLE: Attorneys are eligible to receive 1.5 New York State CLE credits, professional practice, transitional and non-transitional

SPEAKERS:

  • Gabby Hirata, President and Chief Executive at DVF
  • John Maltbie, Director of Civil Enforcement, Intellectual Property at Louis Vuitton North America
  • Kristen Trad, Director, Legal & Business Affairs, A+E Networks
  • Nikki Edmunds-Ekwueme, Counsel, CLO Virtual Fashion
  • Robyn Williams, Co-Chair, Trademark Practice Group, Devlin Law Firm
  • Emily Levy, Senior Manager, Global Partnerships, Epic Games
  • Erica Carter, Counsel, Legal and Business Affairs, Epic Games
  • MODERATOR: Professor Susan Scafidi, Founder & Director, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham
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