Welcome to CaseClothesed.com, a fashion law blog focused on sharing a legal perspective on the happenings in the fashion industry. Created, edited, and run by law students, caseclothesed.com is meant to keep the public informed and knowledgeable about all things fashionably law and legally fashionable.
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Patricia Qualey, (’12), Co-Editor-in-Chief, is a 2012 graduate of New York Law School. She graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Sociology, and went on to pursue an additional degree in Fashion Marketing. It was her passion for the fashion industry that lead her to law school. During her time at NYLS, she was a member of IILP’s Fashion Law Job-track program and a student member of NYSBA’s fashion committee. Her legal experience includes time with the General Counsels of both Perry Ellis and Stuart Weitzman, as well as an internship with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She is currently working as an associate at a New Jersey firm working on corporate and business matters.
Tyler J. Davis, (’13), Co-Editor-in-Chief, is a 2013 graduate of New York Law School. He graduated with honors from the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York), receiving degrees in both International Trade and Marketing of Fashion and Related Industries and Fashion Merchandise Management. In addition to his externships in the legal departments of Michael Kors and Stuart Weitzman, Tyler assisted in the development and maintenance of Internet brand protection strategies for major Fashion brands as a summer associate with a boutique Manhattan law firm. He focused his academic studies on corporate, retail, and fashion business practices in global markets. Tyler is currently employed as a consultant in the government services group of a nation-wide advisory firm.
Matthew Bonds, Contributor, is a first year law student at New York Law School, with an anticipated graduation in May 2016. In addition to his role as an active member of the Media Entertainment and Fashion Law Association, Matthew is auditing the Intellectual Property Fashion Law Job-Track. Matthew hopes to glean everything he can from these developmental channels and apply them to his future legal pursuits.
Andriana Chryssikos, Contributor is a second-year evening student at New York Law School, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2015. Prior to law school, she graduated Cum Laude in June 2011 from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, while working full-time as a paralegal for a New York law firm. Andriana is a Student Bar Association Senator, Chief Operating Officer of the Media Entertainment and Fashion Law Association fashion committee, and enrolled in the Spring 2014 Intellectual Property Fashion Law JobTrack Program. Andriana is currently working as a paralegal for a law firm located in White Plains, New York and is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section’s Fashion Law Committee.
Elisabeth Schiffbauer, Contributor, is a second year student at New York Law School. She graduated from the Dominican University of California/Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program in 2010 with honors. At NYLS, Elisabeth is part of the Intellectual Property Fashion Law Job Track Program, and serves as Vice President of the Media, Entertainment, and Fashion Law Association. Elisabeth is currently a research assistant for Professor Jethro K. Lieberman, and an intern at the Model Alliance.
Sandra Stanfield, Contributor, is a third-year law student visiting New York Law School from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Sandra is a self-proclaimed digital fashion enthusiast and is focused on the convergence of law with fashion and technology. Her interests lie within the startup, e-commerce, and social media space of the fashion industry. She has gained a wealth of research and transactional law experience to better position herself for law practice in the real world through various internships at a mid-size corporate law firm, a solo entertainment, media, and fashion focused law practice, and serving as a Bloomberg Law Product Advocate. She was also a participant in the Fashion Law Institute’s Fashion Law Bootcamp as well as Fashion Campus NYC 2013. Sandra is presently interning with a tech start up in New York City and looks forward to graduating in May 2014.
Tracy Weinstein, Contributor, is a third year law student at New York Law School, with an anticipated graduation in May 2014. Tracy graduated magna cum laude from Binghamton University in 2010. Her main focus has been on litigation, as she interned in the New York County Supreme Court Commercial Division to the Honorable Judge Oing and currently works at a civil litigation firm. She has also gained transactional experience competing and coaching on the Negotiation Unit of the Dispute Resolution Team. Tracy is currently a part of the Intellectual Property Job Track program at NYLS, which focuses on legal issues in the fashion industry.
Amelia Wong, Contributor, is a third year law student at American University with an anticipated graduation in May 2014 visiting the Fashion Law Jobtrack. Amelia graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011 focusing in premedical studies in biochemistry and women’s studies. Her main focus has been on intellectual property, as she interned at Ladas & Parry’s patent department and the United States Patent and Trademark Office in NY. She has also gained corporate experience from her current internship at Stuart Weitzman, under Barbara Kolsun.
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Joseph M. Forgione is a member of the adjunct faculty at New York Law School where he is currently serving as an Adjunct Professor of Law and teaching Fashion Law in the Intellectual Property Job Track Program at the Institute for Information Law & Policy. He is also the Director of Trademark Enforcement at the Gioconda Law Group PLLC, a law firm in New York City that handles litigation and intellectual property enforcement for high-profile fashion companies like Hermès of Paris Inc., Burberry Limited (UK), Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A., and others. Among other duties, Mr. Forgione currently oversees a large portion of the domestic and international intellectual property enforcement work on the Internet for a number of famous fashion brands, including Tiffany & Co. Mr. Forgione came to the firm after years of working on intellectual property-related matters in the corporate legal department at CHANEL, Inc. and, prior to that, he interned at kate spade LLC, Seven For All Mankind LLC, and Time Inc. while he was a law student at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. His professional career in intellectual property law began as a law clerk in the legal department at HBO. Mr. Forgione holds both an LL.M. degree, Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law (2006), and a J.D. degree (2005) from Cardozo. Mr. Forgione also holds a B.A. cum laude with Honors in Sociology (2001) from Hofstra University and he is a member of the Omega Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
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