John H. Minan

Professor of Law

  • JD, 1972, University of Oregon
  • MBA, 1966, University of Kentucky
  • BS, 1965, University of Louisville

Areas of Expertise

Professor Minan teaches and writes in the areas of property, water law, land-use planning, and state and local government.

Professional Experience

Minan was a trial attorney in the civil division of the U.S. Department of Justice and a law professor at the University of Toledo. He taught at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nev., and at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Minan was a lead faculty member for the U.S./Russian Judicial Exchange Project, a program for judges of the Russian Federation, and is the faculty coordinator for the National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute’s annual trial advocacy training program in San Diego. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1977.

Honors and Affiliations

Minan has served on the governing boards of the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project and the San Diego River Conservancy. In 2003, Governor Gray Davis appointed Minan to a second four-year term on the California Regional Water Quality Control Board. He is a 2004 recipient of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Key Works

Minan's publications include The Little Book of Golf Law, 2nd Ed. (ABA Publishing, 2014); The Little White Book of Baseball Law (with Cole) (ABA Publishing, 2009); Law of Personal Property Leasing (with Lawrence) (Gorham, Lamont, and Warren, 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).

Spring 2017 Classes

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Contact Information

Legal Research Center 307
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-4607


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(619) 260-2320