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ABA Journal Discusses the Lawyer Fashion Evolution featuring Partner Douglas Hand

Lawyer fashion evolves to reflect personality and tradition

It wasn’t long ago that professional dress for lawyers was constrained and predictable. Womenswear was derivative of menswear, closets were full of monochromatic color schemes, and nude pantyhose or a jacket and tie were part of the daily uniform. It was an era of boxy-shouldered suits, when business casual was an oxymoron and dress codes were often strictly enforced.

These days, legal fashion has loosened up. Depending on where you live and your practice area, women are sporting sleeveless dresses at work and men are wearing dress shoes with no socks.

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Not Just Catwalks: A Closer Look at Fashion Law LL.M.s featuring insight from Partner Douglas Hand

Not Just Catwalks: A Closer Look at Fashion Law LL.M.s

A few fashion-focused LL.M. degrees have cropped up, signaling burgeoning interest in the field. But fashion law isn’t just about the runway and clothes. Here’s an in-depth look at some of the programs offered, and what it takes to break into the industry.

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HBA Litigation Group Secures Major Victory For Client In Trademark Lawsuit, Opening Up U.S. Market For Plastic Bag Closures

In a lengthy opinion resulting from nearly four years of litigation, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found on June 14, 2016 that Netherlands-based Schutte Bagclosures Inc. (“Schutte”) did not infringe any trademark rights Kwik Lok Corporation (“Kwik Lok”) held in connection with the shape of plastic bag closures.  The court further held that Kwik Lok’s claimed trademark rights were invalid because the shape of the closure was “functional” and therefore could not be claimed as a trademark by Kwik Lok.

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