Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Full-time Faculty

Houman Shadab, Professor of Law and Director, Innovation Center

Houman Shadab is Professor of Law, software developer, and an expert in enterprise technology, fintech and financial regulation, and commercial transactions. He leads NYLS’s Innovation Center for Law and Technology, which focuses on the intersection of law and technology and related fields including digital transformation, intellectual property, cybersecurity, data and applied sciences, fashion, media, and entertainment. Professor Shadab, a leader in legaltech and the software-as-scholarship movement, previously led the Center for Business and Financial Law, and brings a business and app-developer approach to the Innovation Center. He is passionate about software transforming the nature of legal practice and lawyers being prime movers in the innovation economy by developing automation, artificial intelligence, voice recognition, and other software tools to serve their clients and the public interest. In addition to his NYLS teaching, Professor Shadab is a Fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Coin Center and co-founded the smart legal contracts startup, Clause.

Richard Chused, Professor of Law

Richard Chused is a prolific scholar and an expert on copyright law and cyberlaw. He joined NYLS in the 2008–09 academic year after spending thirty-five years teaching and writing at the 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. His recent intellectual property scholarship includes Moral Right: The Anti-Rebellion Graffiti Heritage of 5Pointz, a lengthy survey of the history, demolition, and litigation surrounding the internationally renowned aerosol art site at 5Pointz, Appropriate(d) Moments, a thorough analysis of issues surrounding the surreptitious capturing of pictures of neighbors living across the street from a photographer and their later exhibition in a gallery and online, and The Legal Culture of Appropriation Art: The Future of Copyright in the Remix Age, a study of the copyright treatment of appropriation art. Appropriate(d) Moments was selected as one of the best articles of 2015 related to entertainment, publishing, and the arts for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Entertainment, Publishing, and the Arts Handbook, an anthology published annually by Thomson Reuters (West).

Richard Sherwin, Professor of Law and Director, Visual Persuasion Project

Richard_Sherwin-235x225-235x224 Richard Sherwin, an expert on the use of visual representations and visual argument at trial, has written widely on the interrelationship between law and culture, including interdisciplinary works on the theoretical and practical dimensions of law’s migration to film, television, and computer screens – in court and out. He is the Director of the Visual Persuasion Project at NYLS. In Spring 2014, Professor Sherwin won a Fulbright award and took up the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Law and Literature at the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Adjunct Faculty

Karen Artz Ash ’80, Adjunct Professor of Law

A.B., 1976, Georgetown University; J.D., 1980, New York Law School; Partner and National Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

Course: Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting

Joseph M. Forgione, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., 2001, Hofstra University; J.D., 2005, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; LL.M., 2006, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Attorney, Gioconda Law Group PLLC

Courses: Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting; Fashion Law Practicum

Ruth Hochberger, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Barnard College; J.D., Boston College School of Law.

Course: Media Law

Jason Jones, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Hendrix College; J.D., University of Texas School of Law; Partner, Fross, Zelnick, Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.

Course: Litigating Copyright and Trademark Cases

Michael Marcin, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S.E., University of Pennsylvania; J.D., Fordham University School of Law; Partner, Fay Kaplum & Marcin.

Course: PTO Patent Clinic

Deborah McNamara, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., 1996, University of Illinois; J.D., 1999, American University Washington College of Law; A.A.S. Fashion Design, 2006, Parsons School of Design; Senior Legal Counsel, Richemont North America (Cartier, Van Cleef Arpels, Chloé, Alaïa, Dunhill)

Course: Fashion Law and Technology

Mark Mutterperl, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., 1971, Boston University; J.D., 1974, Georgetown University Law Center; Partner, Zeisler PLLC.

Course: Trademarks and Unfair Competition

Lawrence Sapadin, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., State University of New York; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law; Business Affairs Consultant, Entertainment One U.S.

Course: Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting

Peter Zablotsky, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., 1977, Pennsylvania State University; J.D., 1980, Columbia University; Associate Professor, Touro Law Center.

Course: Entertainment Law


Joseph M. Forgione, Associate Director

jmfrevisedJoseph M. Forgione is Associate Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology. He is also the Director of the Fashion Law Initiative at New York Law School and teaches Intellectual Property Licensing and Drafting and the Fashion Law Practicum on faculty as an Adjunct Professor of Law. He is a practicing attorney at the Gioconda Law Group PLLC, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling in the fashion, retail, and cosmetics industries, and conducts business as a licensed private investigator in New York. Professor Forgione has worked on intellectual property-related matters with a number of prominent fashion and cosmetics brands, including Burberry, Casio, Coach, Estée Lauder, Hermès, Michael Kors, Proraso, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sherri Hill, Stuart Weitzman, and Tiffany & Co. Prior to the firm, he worked on intellectual property-related matters in the corporate legal department at Chanel and he participated in legal internships at Kate Spade, 7 Jeans, and Time Inc. His professional career in intellectual property law began as a law clerk in the legal department at HBO. Professor Forgione holds both an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property Law and a J.D. degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a B.A. degree, cum laude, with Honors in Sociology from Hofstra University, where he is a member of the Omega Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. His scholarly article Counterfeiting, Couture, and the Decline of Consumer Trust in Online Marketplace Platforms was published in Volume 61 of the New York Law School Law Review (2017) and he is a contributing author to Intellectual Property Operations and Implementation in the 21st Century Corporation (Wiley 2011).