Letter from Daniel Meador to Ronald Sokol, Monday, July 3, 1967

University of Alabama
University, Alabama 35486

School of Law
Office of the Dean

July 3, 1967

Mr. Ronald P. Sokol
C/o Mr. Masaokoike
3-35-14 Nishi-Kaiwa
Tokyo, Japan

Dear Ron:

If I had written you everytime I have thought of doing so, you would
be inundated with mail. The proverbial path to hell could have been
laid several times over out of my intentions. The major explanation
for the gap between intention and action is that I have been through
an unbelievably busy, harassing, frantic, frustrating, and absorbing
year. Despite all of this, however, I see daylight breaking through,
and movement in the right direction is clearly perceptible. The
deanship presents a limitless array of heterogeneous matters to deal
with, and the year has been one such as I have never experienced
before. To say that I “enjoy” the work may not be quite accurate.
It would be right to say that I find it necessary, challenging, and
rewarding in many respects. Certainly I shall stay with it, for a
while at least. There is much that needs to be done, much that is
now being done, and much that can be done yet.

Mostyn was a great success, in my view. He was provocative, to
say the least. He left behind him a large number of disciples, but
also some who were not enthusiastic. Every faculty should have one
or more of his type. I am indeed grateful to you for putting me on
to him. Our other visitors, one from Melbourne, and one from
Aberdeen, were also real assets. In fact, I am hopeful of getting
the Melbourne man back with us on a permanent basis in another
year. For this coming year, we have a Cambridge graduate, now
teaching at the London School of Economics, and another man from
Melbourne, coming with us. It is my hope always to have one or more
overseas visitors with us at all times. We have also appointed for
next year four new young Americans, of what appears to be first-rate
quality. There are many interesting developments within the Law
School concerning library, curriculum, and other matters which I

Mr. Ronald P. Sokol
July 3, 1967 Page 2

would like to discuss with you, but cannot hope to detail in a letter.

Language and Litigation[underline] has given me immense pleasure. I spent
a most enjoyable evening reading your introduction, and believe it is
by far your best literary product to date. This book can be most
usefully employed in connection with moot court work and appellate
litigation in the law schools. In fact, this fall we are inaugurating
a new, comprehensive moot court program, which will be required
of all second-year students. It will be operated by one of our new
men, a University of Chicago graduate who won the moot court com-
petition there twice, and has served this past year as a law clerk to
Judge Harrison Winter, of the Fourth Circuit. I will work with him in
this, and we have great expectations of doing a lot with appellate
advocacy. In fact, I am looking forward to an appellate legal aid
project of your sort within the near future.

Prelude to Gideon[underline] has had slow going, largely because of printer’s
delays. It is now in page galley form, and I would think it certainly
will be out in print by the end of the summer, at least I hope so.
I am not particularly happy about this book, but will let it come on
out for whatever it is worth.

My study of appellate review of sentences in England has now been
printed as a part of the ABA report on sentencing, the body of which
was done by Peter Low. The Michigan Law Review[underline] is doing a
symposium on the first four of these ABA publications, and has
asked me to take Post Conviction Remedies and do a piece on that
report. That is one of the matters I am attempting to do this summer.

Word that you are moving on to Japan came as very much of a
surprise. I spent several days on three different occasions in Japan,
once in Tokyo, once in Kyoto and Nara, and once in Sasebo. Between
times I did several months in Korea. The orient impressed me
greatly. There is a certain quietness and peacefulness about it
which I believe to be good for the human condition. I would be
interested in hearing why you have decided to launch into Japanese.
Also, if you have an odd moment, I would be most interested in
hearing your reactions to that part of the world.

Mr. Ronald P. Sokol
July 3, 1967 Page 3

Please keep me posted if you decide to try a semester or two back at
teaching again. While I do not know what our situation will be in the
future, I certainly would like the opportunity of exploring with you the
possibility of doing a hitch here. Under separate cover, I am sending
to you by surface mail a copy of the Law School Catalog covering this
past academic year.

Jan and I and children are all well, and Jan sends along her best wishes.
She is still enjoying the perfume which you brought to her in Southampton.
Please let us hear from you when you have time, and I shall attempt not
to let this much time pass again before writing.

With best wishes,


Dan [signature]

Daniel J. Meador


[handwritten postscript]
P.S. I am posting this from Charlottesville
where I am doing my annual two-week hitch with
the JAG school. Al Turnbull & I have just been
discussing his recent Supreme Court case, which he lost
despite a good fight. By the way, did you know that
your Habeas Corpus book was cited this spring in the body
of a Supreme Court opinion, the name & citation of which
I do not now have at hand?

I am most grateful for your very generous
acknowledgment in Language & Litigation.[underline]