Professor of Law
Professor Chused is a prolific scholar and an expert on copyright law and related subjects, property law and its history, family law, and gender and law in American history. He joined the NYLS faculty in 2008 after spending 35 years teaching and writing at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. 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 12 years and as its webmaster for 10.
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 major work is a path-breaking teaching and resource text on the myriad ways gender has been used and often abused as a baseline for regulatory authority since the founding days of the republic. Gendered Law in American History, written with his teaching partner for many years at Georgetown University Law Center, Professor Wendy Williams and published in late 2016 by Carolina Academic Press, is the product of over 30 years of teaching and research. In recent years he also has published five essays on various “edgy” areas of copyright law—”Sculpture, Industrial Design, Architecture, and the Right to Control Use of Publicly Displayed Works,“ an analysis of the sometimes inscrutable and contradictory ways copyright owners may control the way public displays of their work are used; “Temporary” Conceptual Art: Property and Copyright, Hopes and Prayers,” a look at the special copyright problems associated with conceptual art using the work of Sol LeWitt as a template; “Moral Right: The Anti-Rebellion Graffiti Heritage of 5Pointz,” a lengthy study of the moral rights dispute over the destruction of the world famous 5Pointz aerosol art complex in Queen’s Long Island City; “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,” discussing the history of appropriation art and making recommendations for 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 Carolina Academic Press; “Mt. Laurel: Hindsight is 20-20,” an article contending that the famous land-use case was in some ways wrongly decided; and Euclid’s Historical Imagery, a historical reappraisal of the racial and ethnic motivations underpinning the famous zoning case.
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 with Professor Wendy Williams.