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New ABA book examines interplay between golf and the law

New ABA book examines interplay between golf and the law

By Irma Romero

CHICAGO, Dec. 11, 2013 — You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy the sport of golf. And you don’t have to be a lawyer to enjoy “The Little Book of Golf Law, Second Edition” from the American Bar Association.

This updated edition to the ABA’s acclaimed Little Books of Law Series makes for a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer. It contains expanded and completely new and updated stories of the favorite pastime, and explores several dozen instances in which the rules of golf spill over into the rules of law. 

Author John H. Minan writes on how violating “the law” of golf — as opposed to the rules that govern the game — can pose serious consequences. The book’s 10 parts, covering legal areas from liability to intellectual property to environmental law to hole-in-one fraud, examine a different set of facts and involve actual cases. Chapters explore a wide array of legal issues, from personal injury claims for negligence to products liability, contract disputes and more — all under the umbrella of the game of golf. 

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.” 

The author is professor of law at the University of San Diego, where he teaches property, land use planning and water law. He also has served in various administrative capacities at the law school, including associate dean for academic affairs. A prolific writer, Minan has authored or co-authored six books, four contributions to books, more than 40 scholarly articles and numerous published reports and proceedings. 

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Title:                “The Little Book of Golf Law, Second Edition”
Publisher:        ABA Publishing
Pages:             416
Product Code: 1620588
ISBN:               978-1-62722-419-2
Size:                8.5 x 5.5
Price:               $29.95
Orders:            800-285-2221 

Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies are available by sending an email to Neal Cox at If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Neal Cox c/o ABA Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654. 

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