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Taking Care of Business at the Fashion Law Conference

The Federal Bar Association’s upcoming Fashion Law Conference transcends fashion. As fashion law offers a versatile range of career prospects, the Feb. 12 symposium in New York City is the definitive opportunity for law students, lawyers, educators, and business professionals to network on a variety of topics covering international trade, employment disputes, real estate transactions, environmental law, commercial matters, consumer protection, and data security.

A Crime of Fashion: Counterfeit Products

Intellectual property (“IP”) is the DNA of a business. Unfortunately, protecting IP is becoming increasingly difficult, particularly with the proliferation of online sales and ever-evolving high-tech advances that dramatically escalate the threat posed by criminals who produce and traffic counterfeit goods.

Diamond & Gold Ethics: A Topic for Federal Bar Association Fashion Law Conference

Fashion is a tool of communication. Much like the garments you wear and the bags you carry, your diamonds, gold, and pearls speak to your values. What do you want them to say?

Retail Therapy at Fashion Law Conference: 4 Aspects of Launching An E-Commerce Site

This year e-commerce sites saw record-breaking shopping traffic and sales on Cyber Monday. Panelists at the Federal Bar Association’s 2016 Fashion Law Conference, spearheaded by Olivera Medenica, will examine processes for launching e-commerce sites with a focus on the collection of user data and privacy across geographic boundaries.

Fashion Law Conference To Tackle Key Labor Law Concerns In The Fashion Industry

The global nature of the fashion industry and sheer scale of revenue – $300 billion in the U.S. – creates a number of ethical sourcing and labor law issues. Improving sustainability in fashion manufacturing and increasing awareness among consumers are hallmarks of the Federal Bar Association’s Fashion Law Conference to be held in New York City on Feb. 12, 2016.

FBA Receives Green Seal Partnership Grant

The FBA was among 12 associations based in the Washington, D.C. metro area who have been award grants through the inaugural Green Office Partnership Program.

A Guide to the Federal Magistrate Judge System

There are currently 531 full-time Magistrate Judges in the United States District Courts. Among their many responsibilities, Magistrate Judges conduct mediations, resolve discovery disputes, and decide a wide variety of motions. This white paper explores the importance of this critical position.

What Lawyers Need to Know About the Heartbleed Bug

April 9, 2014, computer researchers announced that a massive vulnerability for websites that use a certain web encryption software called OpenSSL. This vulnerability, called the "Heartbleed bug," allows potential eavesdropping on users' communications on websites using OpenSSL.

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Recent Comments

The Federal Bar Association has submitted comments to the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States. The FBA supports the proposed amendment of Rule 37(e) of the Fed. R. Civ. P. concerning preservation of evidence and sanctions for spoliation. The FBA opposes amendments that would add new presumed limits on depositions, interrogatories and requests for admissions.

Monuments Men, Nazi Stolen Art and the FBA

The Federal Bar Association supports the creation of a commission to address the identification and ownership issues related to artworks unlawfully taken during the Nazi regime but remain unreturned to their rightful owners.

FBA Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee

On Tuesday, July 3, the Federal Bar Association testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts.

FBA Leaders Urge Congress to Act on Court Funding, Judicial Vacancies

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