Events

Call for Fashion Law Research Assistants & Pop-Up Clinic Student Director

The Fashion Law Institute is excited to announce that we are seeking a student, ideally rising second-year, for the position of student director of our Fashion Law Pop-Up Clinic. The student director is expected to participate in the clinic for a two-year period or until their graduation, and the selected candidate will work closely with Professor Susan Scafidi, Founder & Director of the Fashion Law Institute, and Assistant Director Ariele Elia.  More information about the Fashion Law Pop-Up Clinic is available here.  In addition to regularly scheduled clinics, the Fashion Law Institute periodically takes on more extensive pro bono projects.

In addition, Professor Scafidi is seeking first-year summer research assistants for projects in the field of fashion law.

Please send your resume, law school transcript, and a statement of interest no longer than 200 words to ariele@fashionlawinstitute.com.

All applications should be submitted by 11:00am on Monday, March 6.

If you have any questions, please email ariele@fashionlawinstitute.com.

Inside Out 8

Sold Out! placed over announcement for Inside Out 8: Fashion's In-House Counsel Shares Schadenfreude, Friday, February, March 10, 2023, from 8:45-10:00am. Image: pink smirking face.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT AND REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
We look forward to seeing you at a future event!

Join us for our 8th annual panel featuring fashion's in-house counsel!

In-house counsel can rarely discuss their own cases or problems in public, but everyone is keeping an educated eye on others' issues.  We've asked about the litigation, legislation, scandals, social issues, and other matters that our colleagues at fashion-related companies are glad are on someone else's desk and not their own, and we're eager to learn about what they're watching.  Join us during New York Fashion Week for our 8th annual in-house counsel panel, "Inside Out 8: Fashion's in-house counsel shares schadenfreude"!  This session will not be recorded.

DATE: Friday, February 10, 2023
TIME: 9:30-10:45am (continental breakfast at 9am)
PLACE: Fordham School of Law, 150 W.62nd St., New York, NY. 10023
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional

Confirmed speakers include: 
  • Angie Byun, AB WORLD
  • Lizzy Han, Chanel
  • Ariel Sodomsky, Coty
  • Nick Barnhorst, Fresh
  • John Maltbie and Jana Checa Chong, Louis Vuitton
  • Alice Pang, Ralph Lauren
  • Ashley Valdes, Warby Parker
  • Moderated by Professor Susan Scafidi, Founder & Director, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham

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

Video: Designing Diversity

Diversity ribbon with a gradient of skin tones

 

Thank you to our panelists and attendees at our virtual panel! The complete video of the panel is above. If you missed the panel, 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 the panel Designing Diversity, on demand. At various points during the panel special codes are posted on the screen and closed captions for you to note on the attorney affirmation form. Email us with the completed form and we will send you a certificate of attendance. CLE material is available here.

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

 

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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