The John Marshall Law School Fashion Law Society to Host Fashion and Design Law Symposium

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Fashion designers, intellectual property specialists, labor attorneys and others will gather for a symposium focusing on fashion and design law at The John Marshall Law School on April 12, 2013.

Fashion designers, like all artists, need to protect their creations and brand. Experts will offer their advice on the legal issues surrounding the fashion industry at the Fashion and Design Law Symposium on April 12, 2013, at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is hosted by John Marshall’s Fashion Law Society.

“Our goal for the symposium is to educate attendees about legal fashion issues, as well as connect designers and attorneys to help in building this new legal network,” said RiKaleigh Johnson, advertising chair for the Fashion Law Society at John Marshall.

Topics include “Legal Issues in the Fashion Industry: Creating and Protecting Your Intellectual Property;” “North American Comparative Fashion Law: Policies and Perspectives;” “Advertising Fashion Focus: Designers and Lawyers Perspective;” “Tariffs, Thimbles and Thread: Customs Law for the Fashion Industry;” “Walking the Walk: Labor and Employment Law Issues Related to Fashion Models.”

Presenters are Shara Harris of WFML, PC in Chicago; Professor Roberto Frías, Law School of the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City; Ashlee Froese of Gilbert’s LLP in Toronto; Victoria Watkins, assistant to the mayor for the City of Chicago and chief editor of B.A.F.F.L.E.D.; Mareissa Terrell of SBC IP Law Group in Washinngton, DC; Aleksandra M.S. Vold of Siprut PC in Chicago; Frances Hadfield of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman and Klestadt LLP in New York City; Michael Hodes of Hodes Keating & Pilon in Chicago; Tracy Agyemang, trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor in New York City; Shelley Whitehead of Whitehead Freelance Law, LLC, in Chicago; Professor Maureen Collins, faculty advisor for the Fashion Law Society; and Professor Doris Long, director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law.

Registration is $20. Registrations are being accepted through April 4 at Attorneys can earn approximately 5.5 hours of CLE for this program.

There will be a 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception following the symposium. For additional information, contact the Fashion Law Society at

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