FASHION LAW INSTITUTE

The Fashion Law Institute is the world’s first center dedicated to law and the business of fashion. A nonprofit organization created with the generous support and advice of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and its president, Diane von Furstenberg, the Institute offers training for the fashion lawyers and designers of the future, provides legal services for design students and professionals, and makes available information and assistance on issues facing the fashion industry. Professor Susan Scafidi, who pioneered the study of fashion law, founded the Institute and serves as its academic director. She created the first Fashion Law course and is internationally recognized for her expertise in the field. In addition, the Institute is supported by an advisory board including distinguished members of the fashion industry and the bar. The Fashion Law Institute is located at Fordham Law School, just across the street from New York Fashion Week’s home at Lincoln Center. A key part of the Fashion Law Institute’s mission is providing legal assistance to designers and fashion industry professionals, not only in the form of educational programming but also by offering free legal consultations. The Fashion Law Institute’s series of Fashion Law Pop-Up Clinics matches each individual designer with a volunteer attorney who has both fashion experience and expertise related to the question at hand, along with an advanced student studying fashion law for experience. Professor Scafidi came up with the “pop-up” name as a not to retail pop-up stores – and a way to distinguish this program from traditional law school clinical courses. It’s a win-win-win – the fashion community has its legal questions answered, lawyers enjoy the opportunity to share their expertise, and students get a chance to learn through observation and experience.

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