The Fashion Law Initiative sits at the dynamic point where law, fashion, and technology collide. Through a combination of coursework, clinical and experiential learning, externship opportunities and exposure to new technology, this unique program provides hands-on training and education to law students preparing for innovative careers in fashion law.
The Fashion Law Initiative is a premier legal program dedicated to:
1. Training the next generation of fashion lawyers through coursework, research opportunities, conferences, externships, mentorship, and networking opportunities with well-known fashion brands and designers;
2. Promoting a collaborative network of knowledge within the law school and among stakeholders actively interested in helping protect consumers from the safety and privacy risks associated with new forms of technology in fashion; and
3. Training innovative attorneys to engage in service to the community as mentors and volunteers.
Joseph M. Forgione, Director, Fashion Law Initiative, New York Law School
Joseph M. Forgione is the Director of the Fashion Law Initiative at New York Law School. Professor Forgione teaches Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting and the Fashion Law Practicum on faculty as an Adjunct Professor of Law and he also serves on staff as Associate Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology. He is a practicing attorney at the Gioconda Law Group PLLC, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling in the fashion and cosmetics industries. He is also licensed by the New York Department of State Division of Licensing Services to conduct business as a licensed private investigator in New York. Professor Forgione has worked on intellectual property-related matters with a number of prominent fashion and cosmetics brands, including Burberry, Casio, Coach, Estée Lauder, Hermès, Michael Kors, Proraso, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sherri Hill, Stuart Weitzman, and Tiffany & Co. Prior to the firm, he worked on intellectual property-related matters in the corporate legal department at Chanel and he participated in legal internships at Kate Spade, 7 Jeans, and Time Inc. His professional career in intellectual property law began as a law clerk in the legal department at HBO. Professor Forgione holds both an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property Law and a J.D. degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a B.A. degree, cum laude, with Honors in Sociology from Hofstra University, where he is a member of the Omega Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. His scholarly article Counterfeiting, Couture, and the Decline of Consumer Trust in Online Marketplace Platforms was published in Volume 61 of the New York Law School Law Review (2017) and he is a contributing author to Intellectual Property Operations and Implementation in the 21st Century Corporation (Wiley 2011). His work-in-progress, Designing Trust: Blockchain Technology and the Future of the Fashion Industry, is projected to be published in a forthcoming issue of the Sorbonne Student Law Review – Revue juridique des étudiants de la Sorbonne.
Karen Artz Ash ’80, National Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Department, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Karen Artz Ash ’80 is national co-chair of the Intellectual Property department and co-head of the Trademarks and Trademark Litigation practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, focusing on courses in fashion law licensing. Professor Artz Ash has worked in fashion law for more than 25 years. She handles the structuring and administration of intellectual property, including establishing holding companies and trusts, and the creation, development, implementation and administration of licensing, servicing and manufacturing for companies worldwide. She helps apparel clients in acquisition and disposition of major designer properties and businesses and represents clients in securitizations, financings and joint ventures. She also handles intellectual property due diligence in all types of complex corporate transactions and is skilled in bankruptcy assessments and financings that are dependent upon intellectual property assets. Professor Artz Ash is a monthly columnist for Managing Intellectual Property magazine, contributing writer for The Licensing Journal and regular sponsor and participant in events hosted by Women’s Wear Daily. She is also a contributing writer to Becoming a Fashion Designer (Wiley 2013) and a contributing author to Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys (Bloomsbury 2014), the leading fashion law textbook in law schools in the United States.
Matthew D. Asbell, Partner, Ladas & Parry LLP
Matthew D. Asbell is a partner in the New York office of Ladas & Parry. He assists clients in clearing, obtaining, enforcing, and defending trademark rights in the United States and throughout the world. He also provides advice on patents, copyrights, domain names, and other related areas. Mr. Asbell frequently collaborates on and authors articles on intellectual property on subjects ranging from social media and domain names to licensing, branding, and information technology. He is an active speaker and lecturer and is a frequent moderator and panelist at ABA, INTA, and other conferences. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and Columbia University. Mr. Asbell earned his J.D. degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was president of the Intellectual Property Law Society and Acquisitions Editor of the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal. As an active alumnus of Cardozo, he serves on the Alumni Executive Committee, chairs the Alumni Intellectual Property Practice Group, and mentors numerous young attorneys and law students.
Karla Aspiras, Senior Manager, Intellectual Property Counsel, Tapestry, Inc. (Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman)
Karla Aspiras is Senior Manager, Intellectual Property Counsel at Tapestry, Inc., where she manages the global intellectual property portfolio of the Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman brands. She oversees global brand protection and manages the civil anti-counterfeiting litigation program for the three brands as well. Prior to Tapestry, Ms. Aspiras worked at Esteé Lauder, where she managed the global trademark portfolio of secondary marks for Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Ermenegildo Zegna, La Mer, Aveda and Origins, including trademark oppositions, cancellations and other conflicts. Ms. Aspiras earned her J.D. degree from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School.
Alexandra Badalamenti ’16, Associate, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP
Alexandra Badalamenti is an associate in corporate practice at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, where she assists private equity firms and other healthcare investors in the acquisition and recapitalization of healthcare entities. Prior to the firm, Ms. Badalamenti was a business and legal affairs attorney with the IMG Models and IMG Fashion divisions of Endeavor, where she negotiated a broad range of agreements related to commercial endorsements, talent representation, licensing and merchandising, production services and other matters. Ms. Badalamenti graduated from New York Law School, where she earned her J.D. degree as part of the inaugural Two-Year J.D. Honors Program class.
Lissa Bourjolly, Senior Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs at Centric Brands Inc.
Lissa Bourjolly is Senior Vice President, Legal at Centric Brands Inc. She is a multifaceted business and legal affairs counsel with experience in drafting licensing, marketing, sponsorship, vendor, Saas, and international distribution agreements, in addition to general corporate agreements. Ms. Bourjolly has experience in managing litigation matters involving trademark and contract disputes, and her various clients have included retail, tech, brand intellectual property owners and sports marketing companies. Lissa earned her J.D. from Georgetown Law School.
Courtney Brown, Counsel, Tiffany & Co.
Courtney Brown is Counsel at Tiffany & Co. She previously worked as Assistant Counsel at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., where she focused exclusively on matters for MAC Cosmetics and specialized in talent, entertainment and intellectual property. She was responsible for drafting and negotiating a wide variety of agreements, including those for celebrity collaborations, influencers, models, photographers, product placements, sponsorships and music rights. Ms. Brown graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she earned a J.D. degree with a concentration in Intellectual Property, Entertainment & Media Law.
Steven M. Crosby ’00, Attorney, Feldman Law Group, PC
Steven M. Crosby represents clients in complex patent, trademark and copyright matters at the Feldman Law Group, PC. He led a large team of attorneys and experts in the seminal SCOTUS copyright case, Star Athletica LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc. et al., which yielded a simplified test for separability and a critical holding for Star Athletica that Varsity’s cheerleading uniform design features could not prevent against even identical copying of the “shape, cut and dimensions” of the uniforms at issue. Previously, Mr. Crosby spent decades at AT&T Bell Laboratories, ultimately as AT&T’s Product Regulatory Manager, where he served as a private-sector technical advisor to, and trade negotiator for, the U.S. Government for NAFTA, APEC, FTAA, and U.S.-E.U. Mutual Recognition Agreements.
Ava Farshidi, Assistant General Counsel, David Yurman
Ava Farshidi is Assistant General Counsel at David Yurman, a luxury jewelry company based in New York City. Her work ranges across different practices including general corporate matters, commercial contracts, real estate, employment, and compliance. Prior to her role at David Yurman she served as Assistant General Counsel at Rebecca Minkoff, a contemporary fashion company at the cusp of the merge between retail and technology. Her work ranged across different practices including intellectual property and advertising to navigating privacy issues and emerging data collection concerns. She has several publications on emerging issues in the fashion law industry, and her article Evaluating the FTC Guidelines Through the Career of Fashion Blogger was published by Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law in 2018. Ava is also the author of The New Retail Experience and Its Unaddressed Privacy Concerns: How RFID and Mobile Location Analytics are Collecting Customer Information and China’s Role in Well-Known Marks Protection: It’s Now or Never…or Dilution. Ms. Farshidi is involved with numerous organizations and committees including the New York City Bar’s Fashion Law Committee and the Susan G. Komen’s Young Professionals Committee. She has spoken at numerous conferences on issues in the fashion industry and was the recipient of the Luxury Law Rising Star Award in London in 2017.
William Forni, Legal Counsel, Calvin Klein
William Forni is responsible for contract-related advice, drafting, and negotiations that touch upon much of Calvin Klein’s business activities. Mr. Forni also assists with IP clearance, brand enforcement, and assessing, researching, and providing advice on new initiatives and programs at Calvin Klein. Prior to Calvin Klein, Mr. Forni founded Forni Law P.C., a boutique law firm located in New York that specialized in corporate, contract & commerical, employment and intellectual property law. Mr. Forni also spent nearly 4 years at the small firm of Deborah A. Nilson & Associates representing mostly French clients in many different industries, including fashion, luxury goods, and fragrance, as well as on corporate, commercial, employment, and various intellectual property matters. Mr. Forni graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he earned a J.D. degree with concentrations in Corporate and Intellectual Property Law.
Joseph C. Gioconda, Founder, Gioconda Law Group PLLC
Joseph C. Gioconda is an attorney and founder of the Gioconda Law Group PLLC, a law firm that handles brand protection litigation, investigations and strategic counseling for clients that include high-profile fashion companies. He has successfully litigated cases against some of the toughest infringers and counterfeiters, and has recovered multi-million dollar judgments and secured sweeping permanent injunctions against them. Mr. Gioconda has also assembled and managed large teams of lawyers and investigators across the globe to combat counterfeiters in the factories, storerooms and underground hideaways where they operate. He is widely quoted in the international press in the field of trademarks and anti-counterfeiting, and has been a commentator in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on CNN and MSNBC. He was also profiled in the book Knockoff: The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods (Kogan Page 2005). Mr. Gioconda has published award-winning academic articles proposing innovative approaches to the challenge of anti-counterfeiting and has given presentations to the international art community in Italy and France on how they can utilize cutting-edge legal theories and technology to combat art forgery. Mr. Gioconda earned his J.D. degree from Yale Law School, where he edited three different law journals.
Marilee Holmes, Vice President of Operations/General Counsel, Wilhelmina
As Vice President of Operations and General Counsel at Wilhelmina, Marilee Holmes works closely with the CEO on Wilhelmina’s business and legal matters, and manages the company’s legal and human resources departments, as well as oversees staffing and general operations. Specifically, she handles talent and celebrity contracts and deals, company litigations, and corporate compliance initiatives including SEC and NASDAQ compliance since Wilhelmina is a public company. Ms. Holmes also handles the company’s immigration needs, including inbound and outbound visas for models, talent and employees. Further, she oversees company employee recruitment and retention efforts, including staffing, hiring and firing decisions. Ms. Holmes earned her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Elisheva Jasie, Senior Vice President, Legal – Global Business Services & Licensing, Coty Inc.
Elisheva Jasie is responsible for licensing, intellectual property and supporting the marketing function of Coty’s high-end fragrance and cosmetics brands in the United States. Her role also includes trademark and copyright clearance, portfolio management and work with the business development group on M&A and other strategic relationships. Prior to her tenure with Coty, Ms. Jasie was in private practice with a focus on IP, technology and venture capital. She received her LL.B. from Bar Ilan University’s Faculty of Law in Israel and is a member of the New York and Israeli Bar.
Maryann Lawrence, Associate General Counsel, Chanel, Inc.
Maryann Lawrence is Associate General Counsel at Chanel, Inc., where she manages the real estate portfolio for Chanel in the United States. In addition to this role, Ms. Lawrence provides support to the Operations Division and other divisions within Chanel on a part-time basis, including all forms of business affairs counseling and transactional work. Prior to joining the legal department at Chanel in 2001, Ms. Lawrence served as in-house counsel and business counsel to a few Wall Street brokerage firms where she worked on real estate-related matters that included site selection, lease negotiation, and lease review, among others. Ms. Lawrence received her J.D. degree from St. John’s University School of Law.
Kristin Lia, Senior Counsel/Director, Gap Inc.
Kristin Lia handles brand protection and infringement matters for Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta and Intermix and provides legal support to the Gap brand creative functions. She also advises her business partners on a variety of marketing, advertising, clearance, and product design issues. Prior to joining Gap Inc., Ms. Lia worked on a variety of intellectual property-related matters as a staff attorney at the Gioconda Law Group, and went on to work at such companies as NBCUniversal and Authentic Brands Group. Prior to these experiences, she also served as an intellectual property intern at Burberry while in law school. Ms. Lia holds a J.D. degree and an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property Law from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Krista Ann McDonough ’05, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Capri Holdings Limited (Versace, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors)
Krista Ann McDonough is Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Capri Holdings Limited, a global fashion luxury group consisting of Versace, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors. Ms. McDonough joined Capri Holdings’ predecessor company, Michael Kors, and worked in various legal roles within the company before becoming General Counsel. Prior to joining Capri Holdings, Ms. McDonough was an attorney in the corporate department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP, where she specialized in capital markets and securities law. Ms. McDonough earned her J.D. degree from New York Law School and her Bachelor of Science from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University – Bloomington.
Deborah McNamara, Senior Legal Counsel, Richemont North America, Designer & Adjunct Professor of Law
Deborah McNamara is Senior Legal Counsel at Richemont North America (Cartier, Van Cleef Arpels, Chloé, Alaïa, Dunhill), where she handles contract, real estate, intellectual property and entertainment matters. Professor McNamara holds her J.D., cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law, as well as a degree in fashion design from Parsons School of Design in New York. While practicing law, she has designed and shown capsule collections on runways in London and New York, and her garments have been published in fashion, art and design books/magazines. Professor McNamara is also recognized as one of the founders of the academic discipline of fashion law, having created and taught one of the first courses in the field while an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design from 2007-2012. She currently teaches the Fashion Law and Technology course at New York Law School.
Olivera Medenica, Partner, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP
Olivera Medenica is a member of the intellectual property, advertising, art and fashion law, international, and litigation and arbitration practice areas at Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP with almost two decades of experience in advising domestic and foreign businesses in fashion, retail, media and entertainment on transactional, litigation and arbitration matters. She regularly counsels on trademark, copyright, intellectual property licensing and online/social media matters. Ms. Medenica has taught legal writing at Brooklyn Law School and has lectured widely on issues dealing with intellectual property, business ownership and disputes, social media, and law firm management. She has also written numerous articles for a wide variety of legal publications. Ms. Medenica currently serves as Second Circuit Vice President of the Federal Bar Association and is the founder of the Fashion Law Conference hosted by the Federal Bar Association in New York and Paris, France.
Viviana Mura, Assistant General Counsel, Luxottica Group
Viviana Mura is the head of Global IP, Advertising Compliance and Franchise at Luxottica Group. She also advises the business worldwide on strategic contracts and operations, with a focus on licensing, service, retail & e-commerce, privacy, social media, market strategies, brand development, marketing, collaborations, technology development, and M&A. She is the Co-Chair for the Cardozo Fashion Law Alumni Group and a member of the Fashion Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Ms. Mura has lectured on International Licensing Agreements at the Master’s Program on International Business Law of the Law School of the University of Rome Sapienza. She holds dual qualifications as an attorney at law in New York State and in Italy, an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, an LL.M. in Corporate Law from the University Roma Tre in Rome, Italy, and a J.D. equivalent from University Sapienza in Rome, Italy.
Nicole Negrin ’11, Director, Intellectual Property & Commercial Counsel, Ralph Lauren Corporation
Nicole Negrin negotiates, drafts and executes license, design services and commercial co-venture agreements at Ralph Lauren. She also participates in authorizing compliance of company materials with marketing, advertising and sweepstakes laws as well as trademark and copyright docketing efforts. While she was a student at New York Law School, Ms. Negrin had extensive experiences working alongside fashion companies on the legal side, which included work at VF Sportswear, Inc., Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc., Stuart Weitzman Holdings, LLC, and Affliction Holdings, LLC.
Elan Raffel, Corporate Counsel – Privacy, Marketing & IP, J.Crew
Elan Raffel works in a variety of areas that include privacy, marketing, IP, and consumer protection at J. Crew. Mr. Raffel graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he earned a J.D. degree with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law. During law school, he participated in an internship at Richemont, where he worked to protect the global IP interests of a number of international luxury goods brands that included Cartier, Montblanc, and IWC.
Donna Ruggiero, Associate Counsel, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Donna Ruggiero manages several of the Estée Lauder global brand trademark portfolios, handles litigation, and licensing and related international tax matters. She also handles anti-counterfeiting, domain name and social media management and infringements, as well as <.Brand> gtlds. Ms. Ruggiero is the Estée Lauder Legal Department Internship Program Administrator and is the company’s liaison for the Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity, as well as a Legal Diversity mentor. Ms. Ruggiero has also served as a guest lecturer at Columbia University Law School, at Pace Law School, and at The Young Woman’s Leadership School Law Day Program, as well as serving on many other panels. She is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, where she was the recipient of the CALI Excellence Award for International Legal Writing.
Jennifer Solar, Counsel, Miss Universe Organization, WME | IMG
Jennifer Solar works on a diverse array of endorsement, sponsorship, and appearance agreements at Miss Universe Organization. She is also responsible for trademark and copyright enforcement matters, as well as clip and product licensing and social media issues. Ms. Solar earned a J.D. degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, concentrating in intellectual property, entertainment and media law.
Tiffani Solomon (McDonough), Director, Senior Counsel, Employment & Litigation, Louis Vuitton Americas
Tiffani Solomon (McDonough) maintains sole responsibility for labor and employment matters for Louis Vuitton in the Americas region. In this role, Ms. Solomon serves as a Director in the Legal Department and provides employment and compliance counseling to Louis Vuitton Americas’ operations, including all corporate offices, workshops and retail locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. She also serves as the Senior Employment Counsel for Berluti LLC. Ms. Solomon was formerly an attorney in the Labor Relations & Employment Law Department of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP where she represented employers on a national basis in all aspects of labor and employment law.
Julie Zerbo, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Fashion Law
Julie Zerbo oversees one of the leading authoritative sources dedicated to the field of fashion law and the business of fashion. She has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and NBC, and has been cited by publications including the New York Times, the Economist and Vogue publications worldwide, among others. Ms. Zerbo authored a chapter and assisted in editing Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys (Bloomsbury 2014). Her recent scholarly article Protecting Fashion Designs: Not Only “What?” But “Who?” was published in Volume 6, Issue 3 of the American University Business Law Review (2017).She consistently speaks and lectures at various educational institutions, and she is a regular guest lecturer at fashion law classes, panels, and events at New York Law School.
The Fashion Law Initiative currently offers the following courses:
Fashion Law and Technology
Fashion Law Practicum
Information Privacy Law
Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting
International Intellectual Property
Litigating Copyright and Trademark Cases
Post-Data Breach Litigation and Counseling
Trademarks and Unfair Competition
The Fashion Law Initiative currently offers the following clinics:
Certificate Program in Fashion Law
The Fashion Law Initiative offers a certificate program that recognizes outstanding students who, upon graduation, have completed a rigorous course of specialized study in fashion law.
Conferences, Talks, Symposia
The Fashion Law Initiative runs several programs that address the interplay between law, fashion, and technology.
In October 2018, the Fashion Law Initiative held a full-day fashion law symposium where practitioners, scholars, influencers, and designers participated in discussions on topics that included anti-counterfeiting enforcement on digital platforms, the rise of virtual influencers and their impact on the future of social media marketing, and the new intellectual property and privacy challenges being raised by innovative technologies such as blockchain in fashion. Guests included counsel for Cartier, Christian Louboutin, Estée Lauder, David Yurman, Rag & Bone, Salvatore Ferragamo, and more.
Fashion Law Mentorship Program with Avocate
The Fashion Law Initiative is proud to partner with Avocate, the legal women’s mentoring network connecting female law students with female attorneys for one-on-one mentorship. Avocate is now in several cities across the United States and has become a community of 150+ women supporting women.
For more information on how to participate, please click HERE.
Graduate Law Clerkship Program
The Fashion Law Initiative hires one (1) Graduate Law Clerk to work on practical legal questions of intellectual property and privacy law, ultimately including research, writing working papers and general audience essays, project-based practical learning, and providing ongoing counsel in the area of fashion law. He/she works closely with members of the faculty on research and publishing projects, and assists the Director with ongoing student events and symposia including, but not limited to, panel discussions with practitioners and the fashion law symposium at New York Law School.
Visiting Scholars Program
The Visiting Scholars Program hosts international scholars, professors, and other academics to support research activities and scholarship across various disciplines in law.
During their visit, Visiting Scholars are able to engage in research activities on law and fashion as a part of the NYLS Fashion Law Initiative, our innovative academic program that addresses issues related to law, fashion, and technology. Visiting Scholars are also given the opportunity to present their research to the law school community as a part of our Innovation Center lecture series during the academic year. The Innovation Center will not be able to provide any funding allowance for Visiting Scholars.
The Visiting Scholar for the 2019-2020 academic year will be:
Vice-Dean for External Relations
Sorbonne Law School
Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University
12 place du Panthéon
75005 Paris, France
For more information, please contact Joseph M. Forgione at email@example.com.
Joseph M. Forgione, Counterfeiting, Couture, and the Decline of Consumer Trust in Online Marketplace Platforms, 61 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 195 (2016–2017)
Eli Lekht, Fashion Privacy Law, The Federal Lawyer, August 2018
Roxy Menhaji, Protecting Underage Models Still a Federal Issue, but not in New York, The Federal Lawyer, August 2018
Alexandra Spina ’17, Comment, Varsity Brands, Inc. v. Star Athletica, LLC, 61 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 239 (2016–2017)
Katarina Sykes, New York City: A Trendsetter in Fashion and the Law, The Federal Lawyer, August 2018
Check back soon for more information.
Master Class: Fashion Brand Licensing with Ricardo Yoselevitz of IMG Worldwide
Thursday, February 20, 2020, 12:50pm – 1:50pm, Room W402
The Innovation Center for Law and Technology hosted a presentation and discussion with Ricardo Yoselevitz, Vice President of Brand Licensing at IMG Worldwide, the leading global brand licensing agency. Our speaker discussed the basics of licensing and how licensing is currently being used by fashion brands to help them succeed. Our speaker addressed the growth of collaborations and the explosion of mash-ups in streetwear culture, expanding distribution outside own network and into other wholesale channels, and using licensing to improve the business through categories like kids, plus-size, and complementary categories like home.
1 CLE credit was made available for lawyers in Areas of Professional Practice (NY transitional and nontransitional).
IP Lunch: IP and Influencers with Elyssa Dunleavy ’08 of L’Oréal USA
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 12:45pm – 1:45pm, Room W320
The Innovation Center for Law and Technology will hosted a presentation and discussion with Elyssa Dunleavy ’08, Associate Vice President, Advertising Counsel at L’Oréal USA. Our speaker discussed the different IP issues to consider with regard to influencers and how legal negotiations have evolved as more influencers and agencies flood the market.
Panels and Symposia: Cosplay! Fashion, Fantasy, and the Law
Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 12:45pm – 1:45pm, Boardroom W204
The Innovation Center for Law and Technology hosted an exciting lunchtime discussion on the legal issues surrounding cosplay in the fashion and entertainment industries with cosplayer Renee Frangione, video game/esports lawyer Allison Rothman, and IP attorney Danielle Weitzman ’15.
1 CLE credit was made available for lawyers in Areas of Professional Practice (NY transitional and nontransitional).
Fashion and Protecting Shoe Designs with Marylee Jenkins ’91 of Arent Fox
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 12:45pm – 1:45pm, Boardroom W204
The Innovation Center for Law and Technology hosted a presentation and discussion with Marylee Jenkins ’91, a partner in the New York office at Arent Fox. Our speaker discussed the different intellectual property strategies that fashion brands may adopt when seeking to protect shoe designs.
1 CLE credit was made available for lawyers in Areas of Professional Practice.
CLE materials can be found HERE.
Fashion Law Symposium 2018 | What is Real? Authenticity, Transparency, and Trust in the Digital Age of Fashion
Friday, October 26, 2018, 10:30am – 6:00pm, Events Center
The Fashion Law Initiative and the New York Law School Law Review hosted a full-day fashion law symposium where practitioners, scholars, influencers, and designers participated in discussions on topics that included anti-counterfeiting enforcement on digital platforms, the rise of virtual influencers and their impact on the future of social media marketing, and the new intellectual property and privacy challenges being raised by innovative technologies such as blockchain in fashion. Guests included counsel for Cartier, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, Estée Lauder, David Yurman, Rag & Bone, Salvatore Ferragamo, Star Athletica, and more.
5 CLE credits were made available for lawyers in Areas of Professional Practice.
Click HERE for the full program and registration information.
For more information, click HERE.
Fashion Tech and the Law with Tim Hirsch of Gwynnie Bee
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 12:45pm – 1:45pm, Board Room W204
The Innovation Center for Law and Technology hosted a presentation and discussion about innovative fashion technology with Tim Hirsch, VP Legal and General Counsel of Gwynnie Bee. Our speaker discussed how Gwynnie Bee is revolutionizing the retail space through its new subscription service for women’s clothing.
Student & Graduate Highlights
Daniela Goykhman accepted a legal internship with Richemont North America (Summer 2020)
Bianca Ascolese accepted a legal externship at the Law Office of Biana Borukhovich (Spring 2020)
Cameron Ashby accepted an IP externship with Ladas & Parry (Spring 2020)
Elizabeth Barrett accepted an IP externship with Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP (Spring 2020)
Spencer Conway accepted a legal internship with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. (Spring 2020)
Waldo Espinosa accepted an IP externship with Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP (Spring 2020)
Connor Hartl accepted an IP externship with Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP (Spring 2020)
Paisley Piasecki accepted a legal externship with Louis Vuitton Americas (Spring 2020)
Shana Thomas accepted a legal internship at Estée Lauder (Spring 2020)
Julianne Bagley completed an IP externship with Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP (Fall 2019)
Lauren Ciaccio completed an IP externship with Ladas & Parry (Fall 2019)
Spencer Conway completed an IP externship with Tapestry | Coach, Kate Spade, & Stuart Weitzman (Fall 2019)
Emily Fagiola ’13 accepted a position as Assistant Counsel, Privacy with Estée Lauder (Fall 2019)
Michelle Imafidon ’18 accepted a position as Intellectual Property Counsel with FILA (Fall 2019)
Hannah Lebel completed a legal internship with Fresh Inc., a partner of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) (Fall 2019)
April Pyatt ’18 accepted a position as IP/Advertising Associate with Diserio, Martin, O’Connor & Constigliano (Fall 2019)
Nicole Silver ’14 accepted a position as Associate Corporate Counsel with Vans (Fall 2019)
Abigail Viernes completed a legal internship with Morrison Rothman LLP (Fall 2019)
Julianne Bagley completed an IP externship with Ladas & Parry (Summer 2019)
Lauren Ciaccio completed an IP externship with Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP (Summer 2019)
Joanne Conklin completed a legal internship with The Law Studio of Carmen Caserta (Summer 2019)
Gabriele Fougner completed an IP externship with Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP (Summer 2019)
Ryan Hanrahan completed a legal internship with The Law Studio of Carmen Caserta (Summer 2019)
Molly Webber completed a legal internship with The Fashion Law (Summer 2019)
Lauren Ciaccio completed an IP externship with Tapestry | Coach, Kate Spade, & Stuart Weitzman (Spring 2019)
Danielle Hendler ’18 accepted a position as Project Attorney at Greenberg Traurig, LLP (Spring 2019)
Krystel Momplaisir completed an IP externship with Estée Lauder (Spring 2019)
Areal Allen-Stewart ’14 accepted a position as Associate Director, Compliance and Regulatory Counsel with Ross Stores (Fall 2018)
Athena Papaporfiriou completed a legal externship with Louis Vuitton Americas (Fall 2018)
Abigail Viernes completed an IP externship with Ladas & Parry (Fall 2018)
Karalyn Buono completed an IP externship with Ladas & Parry (Summer 2018)
Danielle Hendler completed an IP externship with Michael Kors (Summer 2018)
Katarina Sykes completed an IP externship with Tapestry | Coach, Kate Spade, & Stuart Weitzman (Summer 2018)
Danielle Hendler completed an IP externship with Calvin Klein (Spring 2018)
Michelle Imafidon completed an IP externship with Ladas & Parry (Spring 2018)
Eliezer Lekht completed an IP externship with Medenica Law (Spring 2018)
Meenka Maharaj completed an IP externship with Tapestry | Coach, Kate Spade, & Stuart Weitzman (Spring 2018)
Roxanna Menhaji completed an IP externship with Medenica Law (Spring 2018)
Kaleigh Morrison completed an IP externship with Ladas & Parry (Spring 2018)
Katarina Sykes completed an IP externship with Medenica Law (Spring 2018)
Michelle Imafidon completed a legal internship with FILA North America (Fall 2017)
Roxanna Menhaji completed a cybersecurity and data privacy externship with Luxottica (Fall 2017)
Michelle Imafidon completed a legal internship with FILA North America (Summer 2017)
Marlene Suarez-Bonet completed an IP externship with Medenica Law (Summer 2017)
Roxanna Menhaji completed a summer associate position with Ladas & Parry (Summer 2017)
Emma McDonald completed an IP externship with Medenica Law (Spring 2017)
Roxanna Menhaji completed an IP externship with Luxottica (Spring 2017)
Christina Salvia completed an IP externship with Medenica Law (Spring 2017)
Nikita Bhargava completed an IP externship with Coach (Fall 2016)
Raelynn Leggio completed an IP externship with Luxottica (Fall 2016)
Anna Zabotina completed an IP internship with Louis Vuitton (Fall 2016)
Ronna Zarrouk completed an IP externship with Medenica Law (Fall 2016)
Amanda Magrone completed a summer associate position with Morrison & Lee (Summer 2016)
Elisabeth Schiffbauer completed an IP externship with Medenica Law (Spring 2016)
Alexandra Rockoff completed a labor and employment externship with Burberry (Fall 2015)
Karyn Wilson completed a legal internship with Coach (Fall 2015)
Anna Zabotina completed a legal internship with Michael Kors (Fall 2015)
Perri Michael completed a legal internship with Louis Vuitton Americas (Summer 2015)
Anna Zabotina completed a IP externship with Medenica Law (Summer 2015)
Matthew Bonds completed a legal internship with Stuart Weitzman (Spring 2015)
Matthew Bonds completed a legal internship with Coach (Fall 2014)
Elisabeth Schiffbauer completed an IP externship with PVH (Fall 2014)
Elisabeth Schiffbauer completed an IP externship with Luxottica (Spring 2014)
Jeffrey Saavedra completed an IP externship with Estée Lauder (Summer 2014)
Perri Michael completed a IP externship with Medenica Law (Spring 2014)
Nicole Schwartz completed a IP internship with Louis Vuitton (Spring 2014)
Tracy Weinstein completed a legal externship with Luxottica (Spring 2014)
Elisabeth Schiffbauer completed an legal internship with The Model Alliance (Spring 2013 – Spring 2014)
Nicole Schwartz completed a legal internship with Milk Studios (Spring 2013 – Summer 2013)
Tommas Balducci completed a legal internship with Ladas & Parry (Fall 2012)
Tyler Davis completed a legal externship with Stuart Weitzman (Fall 2012)
Tyler Davis completed a summer associate position with the Gioconda Law Group (Summer 2012)
Kristin Grant completed a legal internship with Louis Vuitton (Summer 2012)
Aaron Riedel completed an IP internship with Louis Vuitton (Spring 2012 – Spring 2013)
Tyler Davis completed a legal externship with Michael Kors (Summer 2011 – Fall 2011)
Rosie Burbidge, European Fashion Law: A Practical Guide from Start-up to Global Success (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019)
Deanna Clark-Esposito, A Practical Guide to Fashion Law and Compliance (Fairchild Books, 2018)
David H. Faux, The American Bar Association’s Legal Guide to Fashion Design (American Bar Association, 2013)
Aneta Genova & Katherine Moriwaki, Fashion and Technology: A Guide to Materials and Applications (Fairchild Books, 2016)
Douglas A. Hand, The Laws of Style: Sartorial Excellence for the Professional Gentleman (Ankerwycke, 2018)
Lois F. Herzeca and Howard S. Hogan, Fashion Law & Business: Brands & Retailers (Practising Law Institute, 2013)
Guillermo C. Jimenez & Barbara Kolsun, Fashion Law: Cases and Materials (1st Edition, Carolina Academic Press, 2016)
Guillermo C. Jimenez & Barbara Kolsun, Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys (2nd Edition, Fairchild Books, 2014)
Kal Raustiala & Christopher Sprigman, The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation (1st Edition, Oxford University Press, 2012)
Phyllis G. Tortora, Dress, Fashion and Technology: From Prehistory to the Present (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)
Tim Phillips, Knockoff: The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods: The True Story of the World’s Fastest Growing Crime Wave (Kogan Page, 2007)