Academic Director, Fashion Law Institute
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 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.
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.
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.
Business of Fashion: Prof. Susan Scafidi on Brands Who Don’t Want Their Goods Sold on Shein
The New York Times: Prof. Susan Scafidi on the Marketing of the Trump Mug Shot
The New York Times: Prof. Susan Scafidi Discusses Workplace Dress Codes
CBS News: Professor Susan Scafidi Explains Shein Lawsuit
AdAge: Prof. Susan Scafidi Says “The embrace of dupes has become its own moral statement”
New York Post: Prof. Susan Scafidi On Buyer Trend To Cheaper Substitutes
Sourcing Journal: Fordham Law’s Fashion Law Institute Welcomes 14th Cohort
Bloomberg Law Podcast: Professor Susan Scafidi Discusses Laws Banning Drag Shows
Ad Age: Prof. Susan Scafidi on Adidas Opposition to Black Lives Matter 3-Stripe Trademark
The Wall Street Journal: Prof. Susan Scafidi on FTC Ordering Tech Platforms to Address Fraudulent Advertising
Making Sense of the Hermès V. Rothschild Metabirkins Verdict
What the Hermès MetaBirkins Victory Means for the NFT Market
Fashion Law Institute Director Susan Scafidi Shares Expert Opinion on Balenciaga
China’s Fast-Fashion Giant Shein Faces Dozens of Lawsuits Alleging Design Theft
Chanel Restricts Sales to Russians Abroad
The Year Ahead: Shoring Up Fashion’s Cyber Defenses
The New Wave of Labour Litigation Facing Fashion
Reap What You Sew: Costume Designers Try for Share of Licensing Pie From On-Screen Work
‘It’s a David and Goliath Situation’: A Viral TikTok Accusing Converse of Stealing a Sneaker Look Sheds Light on How Hard It Can Be to Protect Design
‘Satan Shoes,’ Nike Lawsuits and the Booming Sneaker Bootleg Market