Past Meetup

Fashion Law Basics with Professor Susan Scafidi of the Fashion Law Institute

This Meetup is past

50 people went

Price: $10.00 /per person

The Fashion Center

209 West 38th Street, 2nd Floor · New York, NY

How to find us

Check in at the front desk once you arrive!

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We are so excited to host another Meetup. This time, Professor Susan Scafidi ( of the Fashion Law Institute ( at Fordham Law will be speaking to the group.

The purpose of this Meetup is to help emerging designers and fashion professionals understand the basics of fashion law and legal issues to consider when starting your business. This includes the types of intellectual property protection, setting up your business, contracting work and other items that entrepreneurs face.

Run of Show

6:30-6:45: Networking
6:45-7:30: Presentation & Discussion
7:30-7:45: Q&A
7:45-8:00: Networking/Wrap Up


Professor Scafidi will present some of the basics of fashion law that impact emerging designers and we will discuss the following topics:

Introduction to the Fashion Law Institute and the Pop-Up Clinic ( Types of intellectual property How can designers protect themselves What are some of the most interesting issues that face emerging designers when starting their business or that you hear at the clinic? What should designers consider when starting their business (LLC, S-Corp, Partnership) How important are contracts when freelancing work? If you don’t have access to an attorney, how should a designer create one? How do you protect yourself when working with a vendor? (getting paid, contracts, etc...) When working with a vendor outside of the United States, how do the laws apply? We also welcome your questions and will ask Professor Scafidi prior so we incorporate into the them into the conversation. Please email us at [masked]

About Professor Susan Scafidi

Susan Scafidi is the first professor ever to offer a course in Fashion Law, and she is internationally recognized for her leadership in establishing the field. She has testified regarding the proposed extension of legal protection to fashion designs and continues to work actively with members of Congress and the fashion industry on this and other issues. Her additional areas of expertise encompass property, intellectual property, cultural property, international law, trusts &estates, and legal history. Professor Scafidi founded and directs the nonprofit Fashion Law Institute (, which was established with the generous support and advice of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and its president, Diane von Furstenberg, and is located at is located at Fordham Law School. Prior to teaching at Fordham, Professor Scafidi was a tenured member of both the law and history faculties at SMU, and she has taught at a number of other schools, including Yale, Georgetown, and Cardozo. After graduating from Duke University and the Yale Law School, she pursued graduate study in legal history at Berkeley and the University of Chicago and clerked for a distinguished legal historian, Judge Morris S. Arnold of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professor Scafidi is the author of Who Owns Culture? Appropriation and Authenticity in American Law (2005), as well as articles in the areas of intellectual property, cultural property, and of course fashion law. In addition, she has spoken to legal, design, and academic audiences around the globe and has contributed commentary to hundreds of media reports on issues related to law and the fashion industry. Professor Scafidi also created and maintains the first website on fashion law, Counterfeit Chic (, which has been recognized as one of the American Bar Association’s top 100 blogs.