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Barbara Kolsun, co-director of the FAME Center, is a leading fashion industry attorney, an adjunct professor of fashion law at Cardozo Law, and co-editor of the seminal text on the subject, Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys (Bloomsbury, 2nd Edition, 2014). She is a consultant to fashion companies and has taught at NYU and Fordham Law Schools. Barbara has served as General Counsel at Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman and Seven for All Mankind and as Assistant General Counsel of Westpoint Stevens and Calvin Klein Jeans. While in private practice, her clients included Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Barbara currently consults with fashion companies on various issues, and was honored with lifetime achievement awards in 2015 by both the Luxury Summit in London and the World Trademark Forum at INTA. She has served as Chairman of the Board of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition and has spoken and been published widely on fashion law around the world. Barbara is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Lee S. Sporn, co-director of the FAME Center, is Senior Vice President—Business Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary of Michael Kors (USA), Inc. and is responsible for its legal, store design, construction and facilities departments. Prior to joining Kors in 2003, Lee was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel at Kasper A.S.L, Ltd., owner of the Anne Klein and Kasper brands, and prior to that Lee was at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation for 11 years, where he served as Vice President—Intellectual Property and Associate General Counsel, responsible for worldwide intellectual property enforcement, licensing and a wide variety of commercial and compliance matters. Prior to joining Polo, Lee was an attorney at Proskauer Rose. Lee served on the Board of Directors of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition for a decade and also served as its Chairman and as an Executive Committee member. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School, is a contributor to Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys (Bloomsbury, 2nd Edition, 2014) and was the co-editor of the seminal treatise, Trademark Counterfeiting (Aspen Law & Business, 1999). Lee received his JD from Brooklyn Law School.

“The FAME Center is the place for lawyers to understand the creative industries and how to “Creative businesses face new legal challenges

brand and intellectual property are made in

in the era of social media. We are preparing stu-

real-time with enormous consequences to the

dents for jobs at the intersection of law and busi-

bottom line.”

ness in the digital age, and placing our graduates at these companies.” —LEE S. SPORN


Fashion, arts, Media & Entertainment Law center Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Jacob Burns Institute for Advanced Legal Studies Yeshiva University • Brookdale Center 55 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003

get ahead in a world where decisions related to





Select Core Courses

Hall of

Copyright Law





Fashion Law

Art Law

Media Law

Entertainment Law

Advanced Fashion Law Drafting

Art Law Field Clinic

Advertising Law

Music Law

Cultural Heritage Remedies for Wartime Compensation

Privacy Law

Sports Law

Fashion Law Practicum

Social Media Law

Technology Policy Seminar

Internet Law

Law & Film


Art Law Holocaust Restitution Clinic

Sports Law

Indie Film Clinic

Fashion Law Society

IP and Information Law Colloquium Patent Law


Patent Law Practice Taxation of Intellectual Property

Courtney Brown ’14, The Estée Lauder Companies

Trademark Law

Stefania Geraci ’99, Luxottica Group Stacey Hallerman ’88, Richemont North America Fawn Horvath ’97, Macy’s

Technology Policy


Privacy Theory Seminar

Fashion Law Talks Cardozo Alumni in Fashion Practice



Art Law Society


Art Law Society Speaker Series

The Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society

William Jelinek ’93, The Estée Lauder Companies

PROGRAMS The Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society

Lesley Matty ’07, Tiffany & Co.


Natalie Newman ’05, Michael Kors Alyssa Perlowitz ’12, Iconix Brand Group Morgan Richman ’12, The Estée Lauder Companies

BMI Moot Court Competition

Melissa Roth ’06, Burberry

Sports & Entertainment Law Society

Alexandra Simmerson ’14, Michael Kors

Monroe Price Media Law Moot Court Competition

The Indie Film Clinic

BMI Moot Court Competition

Tech Startup Clinic

Ariel Tacher ’14, G-III Apparel Group Barbara Kolsun ’82 Fashion Law

Lee Sporn Fashion Law

Sandra Cobden ’90 Art Law

Sports & Entertainment Law Society

Welcome to

Rachel Waranch ’05, Chanel

ART Sandra Cobden ’90, Christie’s Monroe Price Media Law

David Morrison The Indie Film Clinic

Thomas Crowell The Indie Film Clinic

Monica Dugot ’90, Christie’s Abbey Green ’99, Christie’s Cathy Rae Nash ’88, Nash Art Law Advisors Irina Tarsis ’11, Center for Art Law

Externships Because of the close association between the FAME Center’s team and leading industry practicioners and companies, the FAME Center provides extraordinary externship opportunties for practical experience and training.

The FAME Center at Cardozo, through its unique access to companies and professionals throughout the Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment

The FAME Center offers rigorous academic coursework, as well as externships, clinics and symposia featuring industry leaders and practitioners, focused on the practical realities of counseling clients—from startups to Fortune 500 companies. The center is designed to teach students to confront business challenges that, in the era of social media and digital access, are evolving faster than ever before. Through a collaboration among Cardozo’s faculty, industry leaders and other institutions focused on the creative arts and entertainment businesses, the FAME Center provides unique insights into the intersection of law and business in the fashion, performing and visual arts, entertainment, sports, industrial design, media, and film industries. Barbara Kolsun and Lee Sporn, leading fashion industry attorneys with decades of experience, co-direct the FAME Center, which has been shaped by a dynamic advisory board of industry leaders.

“The FAME Center

Viviane Eisenberg Entertainment Law

Aaron Wright ’05 Tech Startup Clinic

Jonathan Golfman ’03, Media Rights Capital Alissa Makower ’92, CBS Corporation

Estée Lauder

Razor & Tie

become business lawyers

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)


RCA/Sony Music Entertainment


Roc Nation

for companies driven by

Atlantic Records (Warner Music Group)



creatives. These are busi-

Authentic Brands Group

Giorgio Armani


Waleed Diab ’04, Senior Counsel for Music, Google

nesses that require lawyers


Harry Fox Agency


Viviane Eisenberg, Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel, HBO



Sony Music Group

Brooklyn Nets

Kate Spade


Jeffrey Goldfarb ’02, Director of Business Development, G-III Apparel Group Ltd.


Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Starwood Capital


property issues in today’s


Stuart Weitzman



Tuff City Records

highly competitive interna-

Christie’s New York

Mandalay Entertainment Group

Universal Music Group

trains students to

who understand business dynamics, brand protection and other intellectual

tional market.”


Marvel Comics


David Yurman

Michael Kors


DC Entertainment

National Media Group

Dramatists Guild


Elizabeth Arden

MEDIA Jesse Fox ’08, Condé Nast

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

—Dean Melanie Leslie

To learn more, visit:

Ayala Deutsch Sports Law

Students have held internships at top companies, including:

industries, provides unprecedented training and development opportunities relating to the representation of businesses driven by the creative process.

Asya Varshisky Geller ’09, Sotheby’s

Advisory Board

Daniel Paretsky ’06, CBS Corporation

Daniel Dardani, Technology Licensing Officer, MIT Technology Licensing Office


Lois Herzeca, Partner, and Co-Chair—Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products Practice Group, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP New York

David Althoff ’04, Marvel Entertainment Craig Brody ’00, Creative Artists Agency Megan Brown ’02, Viacom Rand Levin ’93, Universal Music Group Dan Lewis ’05, Sesame Workshop

Rick Perkal ’81, Managing Partner, Perkal Street Partners and Senior Advisor and Consultant, Irving Place Capital

Alec Lipkind ’88, The Walt Disney Company

Marc Porter, Chairman of Christie’s Americas and Board Member of Christie’s

Jeff Marx ’96, Avenue Q

Valerie Radwaner, Deputy Chair, and Partner—Finance Practice Group, Paul Weiss

Steven Spira ’79, Warner Bros. Pictures

David Zimmerman, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, National Hockey League

Eric Marder ’15, Warner Music Group Cathy Perifimos ’09, The Smithsonian Channel Julie Swidler ’82, Sony Music Entertainment Muriel Tebid ’79, The Walt Disney Company Amanda Wolfe ’04, Comedy Central

Cardozo Law's Fashion, Arts, Media & Entertainment Law Program  

The school's FAME program trains students for legal practice in fashion, arts, media, entertainment, music and sports law.