New York Law School Launches Fashion Law Initiative with “Robot Couture” Symposium

New York (October 21, 2016) – Today New York Law School (NYLS) is launching its Fashion Law Initiative with the day-long symposium “Robot Couture: The Future of Fashion, Law, and Technology.” The symposium is a meeting of legal practitioners, scholars, and fashion designers on topics such as the privacy and intellectual property issues raised by smart devices in fashion, anti-counterfeiting enforcement for fashion brands in the digital age, and the impact of 3-D printing on the future of fashion. Guests include counsel for Balmain, Christian Louboutin, Coach, Estée Lauder, Hermès, Rebecca Minkoff, and others.

“As ‘New York’s Law School,’ we sit within the beating heart of the legal, fashion, and technology sectors,” said Dean and President Anthony W. Crowell. “Through the Fashion Law Initiative, we will train a new generation of lawyers who can meet the fashion industry’s complex and evolving legal needs. We will bring NYLS’s tradition of experiential learning to this field, and students in the program will be able to gain hands-on legal experience working with top fashion brands.”

NYLS is one of just a few law schools with fashion-law programming—and its program is distinctly focused on the technology that is changing how retailers sell their products, how designers create products from clothing to fitness trackers, and how fashion law attorneys serve their clients.

“The Fashion Law Initiative is an exciting step forward in NYLS’s thoroughly modern take on legal education,” said Ari Ezra Waldman, Director of the Innovation Center and Associate Professor of Law. “Our graduates have been representing designers, brands, and fashion houses for years, but this Initiative is uniquely focused on training fashion lawyers to adapt to a world of new technologies, from facial recognition and RFID tags to online platforms that sell knock-off designs. Brands are tracking their customers online and in stores; they are collecting vast amounts of data and targeting customers with advertisements. Our Initiative prepares students to address these vanguard tech-law issues from Day 1.”

The Fashion Law Initiative is housed within New York Law School’s Innovation Center for Law and Technology, an interdisciplinary program at the center of law, technology, and society. Fashion law crosses disciplines as well, demanding expertise in intellectual property, real estate, contracts, and international trade. Students in the program will benefit from specialized coursework, clinical and experiential learning opportunities, networking, lectures by industry professionals, and fashion-industry externships.