Professor of Law
Professor Chused is a prolific scholar and an expert on copyright law and related subjects, property law and its history, and gender and law in American history. He joined the New York Law School faculty in 2008 after spending thirty-five years teaching and writing at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. During 2004–05, he received a Senior Scholar Fulbright Grant to teach at the Law Faculty of The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. From 2009 to 2011 he served on a Peer Review Committee that made recommendations on grant applications for the Fulbright Program in the Middle East. Professor Chused also is a member of various history and legal history associations. He served on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers for twelve years and as its webmaster for ten.
He has published numerous books and articles on property, copyright, family law, the legal history of both gender and property law, and teaching texts in copyright, property, and legal history. His most recent work includes Gendered Law in American History, a large teaching text on gender and law in American history published in 2016, and three intellectual property articles, Moral Rights: The Anti-Rebellion Graffiti Heritage of 5Pointz, a lengthy survey and analysis of the famous aerosol art complex at 5Pointz, its demolition, and the moral rights litigation that recently concluded with a large damage award against the developer who owns the site, Appropriate(d) Moments, a review of the history of surreptitious photography, the impact of digital distribution of images, and the shortcomings of contemporary privacy law, and The Legal Culture of Appropriation Art: The Future of Copyright in the Remix Age in which he discusses the history of appropriation art and recommends substantial revisions of copyright law in light of the impact of the digital age. Appropriate(d) Moments was named one of the best articles on entertainment and art law published in 2015. Among his other writings is the definitive history of the famous landlord-tenant case Javins v. First National Realty Corporation, a history of Marini v. Ireland—the best known New Jersey landlord-tenant reform case, the third edition of his property text book published by Lexis, Mt. Laurel: Hindsight is 20-20, an article contending that the famous land-use case was in some ways wrongly decided, Euclid’sHistorical Imagery, a historical reappraisal of the motivations and background of the famous zoning case, Courts and Temperance “Ladies”, a legal history piece about temperance women and their experiences in the courts of Ohio in the 1870s, Impoverished Tenants in Twentieth Century America, a chapter in a comparative law anthology on landlord-tenant law, and an historical essay on Myra Bradwell’s Chicago Legal News.
His wife, Elizabeth Langer, is an artist working in a variety of media including oil and acrylic paint, collage, and printmaking. Their older son, Benjamin Chused, creates strategic marketing plans for Dell-EMC, Inc.; their younger son, Sam Langer, works in New York for an international public relations firm.
While at Georgetown University Law Center Professor Chused worked on two large web projects that continue to be maintained by that institution’s library. One contains court documents and other materials in Javins v. First National Realty Corporation. The other provides access to a large collection of student papers written in the Law and Gender in American History seminar he taught there for many years.