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    Welcome to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section
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    Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section Annual Report The 2014-15 NYSBA Annual Report is now available online. View a brief overview of the FDC Section’s accomplishments, activities and events this past year. (click image to view)
  • EASL Fall 2015
    Food for Thought: Street Art and Celebrity Chefs November 17, 2015 at Dorsey and Whitney LLP | 51 West 52nd Street | New York City
  • Events
    • November 17th: Food For Thought: Street Art and Celebrity Chefs


      November 17, 2015
      3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Cocktail reception to follow MCLE program)
      Dorsey & Whitney LLP | 51 West 52nd Street | New York City 

      Sponsored by the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Sections 
      EASL and Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section members: $50 | NYSBA members: $90 | Non-members: $125 | Admitted 5 Years or Less: $35 | Section Law Students: $20 | NYSBA Member Law Students: $35  Not a section member?  Join Today and Save! EASL Dues: $35 | Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law: $25   *Please note that you must be a NYSBA member to join a section

      This program is approved for up to 3.0 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice. This program is non-transitional and therefore not suited for newly admitted attorneys. 


      3:00 PM – 4:15 PM:  From Street to Market:  The Legal Journey of Street Art 

      A furtive scribble on the vacant wall of an abandoned building. An illicit act, followed by another. Then another. And so on. A once derelict blank surface is transformed into a vibrant aerosol spray-painted mural. This is the nature of street art, an urban subculture with prominent roots dating back to 1960's New York. Widely practiced globally, street art has recently been embraced by the high-end art market.

      Intriguing questions remain, however, as to its legal status and the legal exposure of its creators and landowners alike. Are works by street artists considered “works of recognized stature” that are protected from destruction under the Visual Artists Rights Act? What risks do proprietors face by whitewashing over street art? Do artists lose their “street cred” if they are commissioned to paint murals or license their designs commercially? This focused panel will offer diverse legal, artistic, cultural and business perspectives on this evolving art form, from its intrepid creation to its coveted share of the art market.

      Kathy Battista, PhD, Program Director, Contemporary Art, Sotheby's Institute of Art, NY 
      Garrison Buxton, Founder, Wellling Mural Project, NY 
      Jeannine ChanesEsq., Law Offices of Jeannine Chanes, P.C.
      Philippa Loengard, Esq., Deputy Director and Lecturer in Law, Kernochan Center – Columbia Law School

      Judith B. ProwdaEsq., Senior Faculty, Sotheby’s Institute of Art; Law Office of Judith B. Prowda , New York City
      Carol J. Steinberg, Esq., Faculty, School of Visual Arts; Law Firm of Carol J. Steinberg, East Hampton Arts Council, New York City and East Hampton  

      4:30 PM– 5:45 PM: Celebrity (Chef) Restaurants, Libations, and Foodstuffs
      The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section in conjunction with the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section takes a look at the legal issues surrounding celebrities and celebrity chefs opening up restaurant establishments in New York, selling liquor, developing and selling food stuff products to be sold from such restaurants to the public, and undertaking brand extension programs. The diverse group of panelists will identify relevant issues and considerations to forming such enterprises in New York, including food and beverage management agreements and brand licensing deals. You will not want to miss this one!

      Richard S. FrazerEsq., Pryor Cashman LLP 
      Oliver Herzfeld, Esq., SVP and General Counsel, The Beanstalk Group
      Seth B. WeinbergEsq., Weinberg Zareh & Geyerhahn LLP

      Moderator: Sarah M. Robertson, Esq., Dorsey & Whitney LLP

      5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception to Follow


      To register over the phone please call our Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452 

      Please email Beth Gould with any questions.

    • January 28, 2016: Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law Section Annual Meeting



      For overnight room accommodations, please call the New York Hilton Midtown at 1-800-445-8667 and identify yourself as a member of the New York State Bar Association. Room rates are $260.00 for single/double occupancy plus applicable taxes. You also can reserve your overnight room online at

  • Welcome to the Section

    Welcome to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section 

    More than 70 years ago, the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section became one of the first sections to be formally organized by the New York State Bar Association. During the ensuing years, this group - the first organization in the country to be composed of in-house, law firm, government and trade association attorneys practicing food and drug law - has been a focal point for practitioners in this specialty. We welcome you to our expanded website! 

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    Why Join the NYSBA Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section?

    Want to improve your professional skills and knowledge? It's easy when you join the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law Section. Whether it's through meetings, good old-fashioned networking, participating in MCLE programs, professional resources, or legislation, Section activity is the key to keeping you informed on the latest developments in the food, drug and cosmetic law field. The Section also acts as a resource for business, civic and governmental groups.

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    The 2014-15 New York State Bar Association Annual Report is now available online. View a brief overview of the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law Section’s accomplishments, activities and events this past year. 

    Are you interested in volunteering for a Section Committee?  Please email your staff liaison to indicate the committees you wish to join.  Thank you!