USD Professor Jack Minan’s Popular Little Book of Golf Law Featured in Union-Tribune Sports Section

Professor Jack Minan at Torrey Pines Golf Course

San Diego (December 23, 2013) – Today San Diego Union Tribune sports writer Tod Leonard featured University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Professor Jack Minan’s popular book The Little Book of Golf Law in his weekly column.

Minan’s second edition, an update of ABA Publishing’s 2007 bestseller, discusses 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 39 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.

Leonard states that baseball ranks first and golf second among sports most litigated in courtrooms across the U.S. and notes that Minan got a lot of fanfare with his first edition.

“The New York Times and Wall Street Journal called for his insights; Minan’s tales made him popular on the speaking circuit; and he was even befriended by golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., who enjoyed Minan’s work.”

Minan said he believes the second edition is better organized and more reader friendly for laymen. Each case is divided into the facts, the law and a conclusion.

Of course, many of the legal pursuits involved damage to people and property caused by errant golf balls. Many courses post signs warning golfers they are responsible for their shots, but in most cases, Minan said, the golfer isn’t legally found liable unless he or she is acting negligently.

“That surprises people,” Minan said. “The courts have shown through their judgments that hooks and slices and golf balls leaving golf courses are all part of the game.”

Read the full Union-Tribune article online.

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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