Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 1981


Tenancy by the entirety, Mortgages, Conveyancing, Bankruptcy Reform Act, Lucenti v. Cayuga Apartments


Bankruptcy Law | Constitutional Law | Property Law and Real Estate


In the past, property exemplified law as an ordered set of rules, each axiom fitting nicely into an almost immovable intellectual mosaic of immense size. This obsolete rule grid still serves a purpose. It has been pressed into service as a vehicle to test aspirants for admission to the bar, now that even the bar examiners in this Republic have succumbed to using multiple choice questions susceptible to machine scoring. The irony is that this bar examination law does not mirror the real law, the common-law model having been destroyed by the entropy that typifies this fragile society. Order has largely been displaced by disorder. This year’s Survey takes a calculated risk and attempts to discern whether, amidst today’s kaleidoscope of statutes and cases, there is any pattern discernable to reason in the realm of property law.


Article is part of 1980 Survey of New York Law.

Publication Citation

Published in: Syracuse Law Review, vol. 32, no. 1 (Winter 1981).