Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fashion Law Makes its Debut

The emerging legal field of fashion law will soon have its own academic institute. Fordham University School of Law will officially launch on September 8 its unique Fashion Law Institute, "the world's first fashion law center." The Institute was established to provide legal assistance to designers and to train lawyers for the fashion industry, with its special issues in intellectual property law, business and finance. The Fashion Law Institute will be directed by Professor Susan Scafidi , who taught the first course in fashion law in the United States. The new law center benefits from partial funding and support from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and its president, Diane von Furstenberg.

Those wanting to stay current with issues and developments in fashion law should also check out Professor Scafidi's blog, Counterfeit Chic.

Friday, August 13, 2010


WELCOME to all the new first year students!! I am Ernster, your virtual feline guide to what's happening in the Library, and around the web. I prowl the Library and the web to bring you news in the Library and for great recommendations for web sites to visit.

AND . . . to all students - please post your comments. Let me know what you like, what you what like to see changed and any ideas you have for the Library. Like my furry brethren, I am curious and what to know what you think.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Giant Penguins Once Roamed The Peruvian Desert

Yes, you read correctly: Giant penguins. Before beginning the rigors of first-year orientation, or the return to classes for upper-year students (and before our posts resume with more consistently serious and law-related subjects), take a break and read all about the prehistoric penguins here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, August 09, 2010

Cultivating good habits

Actually, I want to send you to a blog post titled "Uprooting Noxious Habits in the Workplace". It is talking about a work environment but the 5 habits discussed occur in other settings including law school. The 5 habits listed in this post are:

  • The "but" shutdown
  • Speaking when angry
  • Failing to give proper recognition
  • Not listening
  • An excessive need to be "me"
This list was drawn from Marshall Goldsmith's book "What Got You Here Won't Get You There". Go look at the "20 Bad Habits" and explore some of the other resources. Lawyers are professionals and it doesn't hurt to read and study what an expert executive coach can teach us.

Thanks to for the article and the references.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat