New Edition of Popular Golf Law Book by USD Law Professor Jack Minan Offers Expanded Stories of a Favorite Pastime

Chicago (December 16, 2013) – The American Bar Association (ABA) Publishing today released The Little Book of Golf Law, the second edition of University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Professor Jack Minan’s popular book on how violating "the law" of golf—as opposed to the rules that govern the game—can have serious consequences.

In ten parts covering legal areas from torts to intellectual property to environmental law, this revised and expanded edition of the classic Little Book explores thirty-nine cases in which the rules of golf spilled over into the rules of law. Each chapter examines a different set of facts and involves an actual case. The book explores a wide array of legal issues, from personal injury claims for negligence to products liability, contract disputes, and more.

Minan’s first edition drew wide praise. “We can all relate,” the San Diego Union-Tribune said of the book. “Virtually every golfer has nervously watched an awful slice sail toward a row of houses, waiting for the crash of a window—or worse, a blood-curdling scream. … Minan has done a fantastic job with this very original effort.”

The Wall Street Journal summed up the linkage between golf and the law this way: “For situations that aren’t covered in the rules, there’s the all-important equity clause … when in doubt, do what’s fair.”

Title: The Little Book of Golf Law, Second Edition

Author: Jack Minan

Publisher: ABA Publishing

Publication Date: December 2013

Price: $29.95 (regular) $24.95 (ABA Members)

ISBN: 978-1-62722-419-2

Pages: 416

Book Review Excerpts

"Fundamentally, however, the rules [of golf] can be reduced to a few underlying principles—only two, in the opinion of John Minan. The first is to play the course as you find it and the second is to play your ball without touching it until you hole out—except, of course, when there are exceptions. The rules define and explain the exceptions. And for situations that aren't covered in the rules, there's the all-important equity clause, Rule 1.4: When in doubt, do what's fair." — The Wall Street Journal

"We can all relate. Virtually every golfer has nervously watched an awful slice sail toward a row of houses, waiting for the crash of a window—or worse, a blood-curdling scream. And Minan has done a fantastic job with this very original effort." — San Diego Union Tribune

"An interesting and very readable survey of selected case law applicable to the game of golf." — The Colorado Lawyer

"A broad collection of interesting cases...Few golfers will ever walk onto a golf course again without being reminded of the legalities of the game if they read this book." — Advocate Magazine

"A very enjoyable read on the law of golf. A wonderful example of what a scholarly lawyer can accomplish when applying the law to one of the more enjoyable pursuits of everyday life. Golfers, lawyers, and golf widows, as well the non-golfer, non-lawyer who enjoys great story telling, will do well to add this book to their collection." — Bench and Bar

"[I]f you don't mind a little golf in your law or law in your golf, The Little Book of Golf Law isn't a bad way to kill some time. Just try not to think about these lawsuits next time you're on the links; it'll kill your backswing." — Arizona Attorney

About Professor Minan

John “Jack” Minan is a professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of property, water law, land-use planning, and state and local government. Minan’s other books include The Little White Book of Baseball Law (with Cole) (American Bar Association, 2009); The Little Green Book of Golf Law, First Edition (American Bar Association, 2007); Law of Personal Property Leasing (with Lawrence) (Warren, Gorham and Lamont eds.) (Thompson West, 1993); Law in the People’s Republic of China (with Folsom) (Kluwer Academic Press, 1989); and Legal Aspects of Solar Energy (with Lawrence) (Lexington Books, 1981).

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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