Richard H. Chused, Professor of Law at New York Law School and an expert on property law and American legal history, will give the Inaugural Allan Axelrod Visiting Scholar Lecture at Rutgers School of Law–Newark on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at 2:30 pm. His topic is “The Landlord-Tenant Reform Movement: Causes and Accomplishments.” His presentation will focus on the 1970s landlord-tenant law “revolution,” including long term consequences for both low-income tenants and society.
The lecture honors the late Allan Axelrod, William J. Brennan, Jr. Professor of Law Emeritus at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and a legendary figure in the history of the law school, where he taught from 1948 to 2007. Axelrod, who died in August 2008, was regarded as one of the ablest, most penetrating, and most exciting law teachers of his era. His fields of special interest were Contracts, Property, Commercial Law, and Bankruptcy.
Professor Chused is a prolific scholar and an expert on property law, gender and American legal history, copyright law, and cyberlaw. He has published numerous books and articles on the legal history of gender and property law, and teaching texts in copyright and property. His recently published work includes book chapters on the history of temperance women and their experiences in the courts of Ohio in the 1870s and on the treatment of the poor in American landlord-tenant law; an article on copyright law in the digital age; a lengthy history of the famous landlord-tenant case Javins v. First National Realty Corporation; a historical essay on Myra Bradwell’s Chicago Legal News; and a history of landlord-tenant court in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. He received his A.B., cum laude, from Brown University, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was topics and comment editor of the Law Review.
Professor Chused began his academic career at Rutgers Law School, where he taught from 1968 to 1973. He then spent 35 years teaching and writing at Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown he worked on two large web projects – the Javins Project and the Gender and Legal History Paper Project – which continue to be maintained in Special Collections at Georgetown’s Williams Library. | Read Story