Welcome to FAME

The FAME Center at Cardozo School of Law, through its unique access to companies and professionals throughout the Fashion, Art, Media and Entertainment industries, provides unprecedented training and development opportunities relating to the representation of businesses driven by the creative process.

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, a leading fashion industry attorney with decades of experience, directs the FAME Center, which has been shaped by a dynamic advisory board of industry leaders.

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“The FAME Center produces creative lawyers for creative companies. These are businesses that require lawyers who understand business dynamics, brand protection and other intellectual property issues in today’s highly competitive international market.”

Dean Melanie Leslie

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  • Copyright Law
  • Cybersecurity
  • Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property
  • Design Law
  • IP and Information Law Colloquium
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Law Practice
  • Startup Law
  • Taxation of Intellectual Property
  • Trademark Law
  • Fashion Law
  • Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting
  • Fashion Law Practicum

Other Opportunities

  • Alumni in Fashion Law Practice Area Group
  • Fashion Law Society
  • Fashion Law Talks
  • Intellectual Property Law Society
  • Art Law
  • Art Law Field Clinic

Other Opportunities

  • Art Law Society
  • Speaker Series
  • Advertising Law
  • Internet Law
  • Media Law
  • Privacy Law
  • Privacy Theory Seminar
  • Social Media Law

Other Opportunities

  • BMI Moot Court Competition
  • Entertainment Law Society
  • Intellectual Property Law Society
  • Monroe Price Media Law Moot Court Competition
  • The Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society
  • Collective Bargaining and Negotiation in Sports and Entertainment
  • Entertainment Law
  • Filmmakers Legal Clinic
  • Music Law
  • Sports and the Law

Other Opportunities

  • BMI Moot Court Competition
  • Entertainment Law Society
  • Intellectual Property Law Society
  • Tech Startup Clinic
  • The Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media and Society
  • Arts and Entertainment Law Journal


The close association between the FAME Center and leading industry practitioners gives students access to extraordinary externship opportunities for practical training. Students have held externships at top companies, including:



Barbara Kolsun ’82, Director of the FAME Center and Professor of Practice teaching Fashion Law and the Fashion Law Practicum, is a leading fashion industry attorney, a professor of practice at Cardozo Law, and co-editor of the seminal texts on the subject, Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives and Attorneys; and Fashion Law: Cases and Materials. Professor Kolsun has served as general counsel at Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman and 7 for All Mankind and as assistant general counsel of WestPoint Stevens and Calvin Klein Jeans.



Christopher Buccafusco

Creativity, Innovation & IP, Copyright Law, Design Law

Michael Burstein

Patent Law

Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin

Filmmakers Legal Clinic

Aaron Wright ’05

Technology Law, Blockchain Law, Tech Startup Clinic

Felix Wu

Cybersecurity Law, Data Law, Intellectual Property Law, Privacy Law


Stephanie Abrutyn

Media Law

Sandra Cobden '90

Art Law

Morris E. Cohen

Advanced Patent Law

Viviane Eisenberg

Entertainment Law

Douglas Hand

Fashion Law Practicum

Sherry Jetter

IP Licensing and Drafting

Stacy Liebowitz

Art Law Field Clinic

Josh Mendelsohn

Collective Bargaining in Sports and Entertainment

Marc Ostrow

Music Law

Peter Rienecker

Entertainment and Media Law

Rachel Strom

Media Law

John Tsavaris

Patent Law Practicum

David Zimmerman

Sports Law


hall of fame

Selected Alumni


Courtney Brown ’14 , The Estée Lauder Companies
Melissa Roth ’06 , Burberry
Rachel Waranch ’05 , Chanel

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Monica Dugot ’90, Christie’s
Asya Varshisky Geller ’09, Sotheby’s
Irina Tarsis ’11, Center for Art Law

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Deborah Feinblum ’07, The Walt Disney Company
Rand Levin ’93, Universal Music Group
Amanda Wolfe ’04, Comedy Central

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Kari Cohen ’12, Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center
Nicholas Eisenman ’05, Major League Baseball
David Fogel ’15, NBA Coaches Association

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Iddo Arad ’00, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Jason Boyarski ’00, Boyarski Fritz
Michael Reinert ’82, Fox Rothschild

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Daniel Dardani

Technology Licensing Officer MIT
Technology Licensing Office

Jeffrey DeMoss ’04

Business & Legal Affairs 
Universal Music Group 

Waleed Diab ’04

Director of North American Record Label
Business Development Google Play &

Viviane Eisenberg

Adjunct Professor 
Cardozo School of Law

Jeffrey Goldfarb ’02

Director of Strategic Planning G-III
Apparel Group

Douglas Hand

Hand Baldachin & Associates LLP

Lois Herzeca

COO/Strategic Partnerships 
MouthMedia Network 

Sherry Jetter

Adjunct Professor
Cardozo School of Law 

Barbara Kolsun

Professor of Practice and Director of the
FAME Center Cardozo School of Law

Rosalind Lichter

Tribeca Film Center

Peter Mastrostefano

Senior Vice President, General Counsel
PUMA North America, Inc. 

Claudine Meredith-Goujon

Partner Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton &

William Pearlstein

Partner Pearlstein & McCullough LLP

Rick Perkal ’81

CEO and Managing Partner Firelight
Capital Partners

Michael Seltzer '92

Senior Vice President 
Business & Legal Affairs
Universal Music Group 

Madhu Goel Southworth

Senior Vice President Legal &
Business Affairs AMC Networks and
Sundance TV

Lee Sporn

Of Counsel Olshan Frome Wolosky

Renee Wilm

Chief Legal Officer
Liberty Media Corporation 

David Zimmerman

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