|Mr. Chodos writes and speaks about the history and philosophy of law, the history of ideas, and other matters.|
° The Law of Fiduciary Duties, With Citations to the California Authorities, comprehensive, authoritative treatise and practice aid, tracing the law of fiduciary duties through its historical layers, right through current California cases. Available from Blackthorne Legal Press in both hardcover (1650 pages) and CD-ROM formats. Also on Amazon.com. As of November, 2011, the first, print edition of this book is sold out and the second edition, including cases through the current date, is available via monthly subscription to GiottosLibrary.com, in the LAW chamber on that site It is also available for a one-time price, as a separate subscription eBook, at fiduciaryduties.net.
° The Jewish Attitude Towards Justice and Law (1984, 101 pages; distributed by E. J. Brill, Leiden). Presents a view of Judaism as the last surviving Alexandrian mystery religion: Justice is the mystery through which one comes close to God, and Law is the Secret Art.
° Why on Earth Does God Have to Paint? / Centripetal Art, a book about how contemporary art can move from the soul of the artist to the soul of the viewer. Based on selected works and writings of Junko Chodos. 360 pages, with plates, and foldout chart. Giotto Multimedia, July 2009. Available in Gift Shop on CentripetalArt.com. Also on Amazon.com.
° Centripetal Art/Matrix of Growth, an ebook featuring the art of Junko Chodos, and essays by George Gorse, Terrence Dempsey, J. Harold Ellens and Karen Torjesen. The eBOOK features a built-in discussion forum. and is hosted by NXTBOOKS. Giotto Multimedia, July 2008. Available in Gift Shop on CentripetalArt.com. Also at GiottoMultimedia.com
° Grieving the Loss of Religion (May, 2014, 130 pages): a radical book which picks up, and concludes, the discussions in which Moses Mendelssohn and his contemporaries engaged, about the nature of God, the nature of Law, and the nature of prayer. This book advances the idea that each of us must outgrow the sacred text religion in which he or she was raised, and transcend it. Available on Amazon.com.
° Privacy and Personhood in a World Without Mystery. What is lost when we start to think of ourselves as the sum of our demograhic information, Facebook updates, and transactional histories? This essay argues that law alone cannot protect the sense of mystery which is essential to our notions of privacy and personhood.TIKKUN Summer issue, 2012-- Read the short essay here.
° Reflections on the Impact of "the Digital Revolution" on Art and Religion. Why do we call it a "revolution" in the first place? This essay explores the four essential ways the internet, digital technologies, and the habits they foster, are changing our relationship to art and religion: the notion of authority is being replaced by notions of popularity; the sense of mystery is being lost; notions of eternity are being replaced with notions of recency and currency; and the sense of narrative is being replaced with concepts of information structure. CrossCurrents, June 2012, Vol. 62, No. 2
° Fiduciary Law: Why Now? Amending the Law School Curriculum in Boston University Law Journal, May 2011, pg. 795. Mr. Chodos delivered a short paper on the same topic at the October 30, 2010 conference on Fiduciary Law held at Boston University. He argues that we need to educate new generations of lawyers to think as much about relationships as transactions, because our law has become too deeply imbedded in postindustrial hypercommercialism.
° Patriotism: Altruism or Narcissism? Good or Evil? and The Law as Society's Quest for Integrity. The first of these essays argues that patriotism's "shelf life" has expired, because the nation state does not play the same role in our lives today as it used to do. The second essay develops a theme found in many of Mr. Chodos' writings: that law is a search for integrity. Both of these essays appeared in Explaining Evil, J. Harold Ellens, ed. (PRAEGER 2011).
° Reading the Book of Job as a Multicultural Case Report, in Probing the Frontiers of Biblical Studies, J.Harold Ellens and John T. Greene, eds., in the Princeton Theological Monograph Series (Wipf & Stock, 2009)
° The Cry of Eden, in the first volume of the new series Presenting the Past, (2008), edited by Nancy van Deusen, and published by Brill/ Leiden, Boston), volume titled Chastity. This is a version of the paper presented at the conference of the same name in 2003.
° God Does Not Require Obedience: He Abhors It!, in vol. 4 of The Destructive Power of Religion (4 Vol. set, J. Harold Ellens, ed., from PRAEGER, Dec. 2003). An essay exploring the difference between obeying the command of someone in authority, and hearing God's voice and responding to it.
° Law as Dance, Theater, or Music: Legal Procedure and Ritual, in Summer 2002 issue of CrossCurrents. Reprinted in Procession, Performance, Liturgy and Ritual (2007, Inst. of Medieval Music, Ottawa). Evokes the liturgical resonances of legal procedure.
° Co-ownership of Copyright and Fiduciary Duty: The Poverty of Preemption (New Matter, Summer 1997, reprinted in Entertainment and the Arts Handbook, 1999)
° Protecting the Righteous Employer against Abusive Sexual Harassment Claims: Two Modest Proposals,
18 American Journal of Trial Advocacy, 566-592; reprinted in 45 Defense Law Journal, Fall 1996.
° Rules for Progressive Arbitration CEB Seminar Materials, Contractual Arbitration, February 1995.
° Alternative Dispute Resolution: A New Procedural Paradigm (July 1991, Los Angeles Daily Journal)
°Fiduciary Law - Why Now? Amending the Law School Curriculum. Boston University School of Law, Conference on Fiduciary Law, held October 29 , 2010.
°The Evolution of the Internet and eBooks. Universal Studios October 26, 2010.
° The Impact of the Digital Revolution on the Arts and Religion, Barnard College, Conference sponsored by Society for Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture, Nov. 9, 2010
° Cry of Eden
Claremont Graduate University, Conference on "Chastity" , Closing Address, Nov. 8, 2003. Explication of the story of the Garden of Eden
- tracing its Sumerian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Hellenic sources.
° Fiduciary Duties for Directors of Newly Public Companies
Anderson School of Business, Directors' Training Program, UCLA, August 1999, August 2000, April 2001.
° The Development of Early Legal Ideas as Evidenced by the Narratives of Genesis and Exodus, Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont Graduate School, May 1999.
° The Book of Job: Countercomplacency and Intercultural Transactions Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont Graduate School, February 1995, explicating the Book of Job as a case report of "Job vs. God", and discussing the implications of that view.
° The Legal Institution of Covenant in the Old Testament Books of Genesis and Exodus, at the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, May, 1994.
° Contractual Arbitration, Seminar panel, Continuing Education of the Bar, April 1994 and 1992.
° Masculine and Feminine Aspects of Law and Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, November 1992, Sunday afternoon Art Talk.
° Litigation as a Form of Therapy,
1992 Annual Conference of the Assn. For Transpersonal Psychology, short course.
° The Law of Access to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Other Antiquities,
Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont Graduate School, February 1992, evening lecture.
° Law and Anger: Giotto's Tower and the Law,
West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, June 1992.
Several of Mr. Chodos' shorter writings are now available on Amazon's KINDLE device. These include short stories and philosophical fiction, as well as some Jewish children's stories. Most of these can be purchased for $5 or less, and they will soon be available also as PDFs on GiottoMultimedia.com.