13th Annual Symposium

Are you ready for a smart and intellectually sophisticated spring fling?  Although rough winds may yet shake the darling buds of May, the pandemic is so last season.  As we re-focus on cutting-edge legal issues of importance to the fashion industry, in subject areas as diverse as IP and AI, global trade, consumer protection regulation and legislation, and of course dress itself, it is clear that we are in a moment of renewal and regrowth - and one that will have significant impact. Please join us in person on Friday, April 28, for the 13th annual Fashion Law Institute symposium, a full day's bouquet of sharing and discussion!

DATE: April 28, 2023
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)


  • Sana Ahmed, The Fashion Law Africa Summit
  • Claire Bing, Maesa
  • Michael Busiashvili, OX Fine Jewelry
  • Jana Checa Chong, Louis Vuitton
  • Sindy Ding-Voorhees, Kilpatrick Townsend
  • Ray DeForest/Doris Dear, award-winning drag icon/fashion influencer
  • Caen Dennis, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
  • Julia Ensor, Federal Trade Commission
  • Kristin Garris, McCarter & English
  • David Horowitz, Media Coalition
  • Sydney Kipen, Gucci
  • Haley Macon, Endeavor
  • John Maltbie, Louis Vuitton
  • Walé Oyerinde, Atklás
  • Ashley Pusey, Maureen Data Systems
  • Tiffany Stevens, Jewelers Vigilance Committee
  • Professor Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute
  • Jeff Trexler, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
  • Caitlyn Walsh, Chanel
  • Kenya Wiley, Georgetown University
  • Sara Yood, Jewelers Vigilance Committee


Continental breakfast 9:20am
Welcome: Budding thoughts 9:30-10:30am
Cross-pollination: Global trade issues, from diamonds to TikTok 10:45am-11:45am
Cuttings: Intellectual property at the U.S. Supreme Court 12-1pm
Lunch: Edible arrangements 1-2:15pm
New varieties: AI, NFTs, technology, and fashion 2:30-3:30pm
Green: New trends in legislation and regulation 3:45-4:45pm
Thorny problems: Gender-specific dress codes and anti-drag laws 5-6pm
Reception: Garden party

This event will not be livestreamed, but if we are able to record individual panels, we will share the links afterward.

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