Eighth Annual Fashion Law Symposium, 04/14

"Myths, Misinformation and Transparency: Will Sustainability Become a Central Business Model in the Fashion Industry?"


Friday, April 14
9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101)
John F. Scarpa Hall

Few industries tout their sustainability credentials more forcefully than the fashion industry. However, carbon impact, transparency, labor, intellectual property and global supply chain issues continue to challenge a sector that is said to both reflect and lead culture. This year’s Fashion Law Symposium focuses on the multiple facets of sustainability that impact the attorneys representing brands, retailers and designers.

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has approved this symposium for 2 Substantive and 1 Ethical CLE credits. Please note registration for this event is required. Following the symposium there be a networking hour with light refreshments. 



Subject to change

9:00 a.m.: Networking & Continental Breakfast (Student Lounge)


9:45 a.m.: Opening Remarks


10:00-11:00 a.m.: Panel 1 – ESG and Proposed Legislative Initiatives in the Fashion Industry

This panel will focus on ESG concerns, including in supply chain and reporting, as well as the wave of new legislative sustainability initiatives affecting the fashion industry, such as the proposed New York Fashion Act.

Moderated by Tiffani McDonough Solomon ’03 CLAS, ’06 CWSL, Director, Senior Counsel, Employment & Litigation, Louis Vuitton and Adjunct Professor, Villanova Law 


11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Panel 2 – Brand Protection in Circular Fashion 

This panel will focus on brand protection issues implicated in circular fashion such as the first sale doctrine and the clash of material differences when people attempt to “upcycle” and authenticity issues when it comes to resale websites. 

Moderated by Maeve Hyer ’23, President, Fashion Law Society


12:00-12:45 p.m.: Lunch Break


12:45-1:45 p.m.: Panel 3 – Social Impact of Sustainability in the Fashion Industry 

This panel will address ethical and employment law issues surrounding sustainable practices, including proposed legislative initiatives such as the New York Fashion Workers Act and the federal FABRIC Act.

Moderated by MarySheila McDonald, John F. Scarpa Professor of Entrepreneurship & Director of the Scarpa Center for Entrepreneurship and Law, Villanova Law


1:45-2:30 p.m.: Networking Event (Commons)