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Letter from Ronald Sokol to Daniel Meador, Thursday, January 19, 1978

Law Offices
Ronald P. Sokol
Avocat Americain-Conseil Juridique
13540 Puyricard
Aix-En-Provence
France

Daniel J. Meador, Esq.
Assistant Attorney General
United States Department
of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20530
U.S.A.

Reference: 02 340 01
RS/sj/270/78

19 January 1978

Dear Dan:

This is just a short note to ask whether you would
be willing to move my Admission to the Supreme Court of
the United States? I have asked Mike Tigar to be the
other sponsor, and by the time you receive these papers
they should all be ready to be submitted to the Court
after receiving, I hope, your signature as sponsor and
as the moving party. Rather than sending all the material
back to me and then having me send it back to Washington
to the Clerk, I have enclosed my check to the Clerk of
the Court and an envelope addressed to him with the thought
that perhaps simply you could put it all in the envelope
and have it sent over to the Court. Unfortunately I do not
have any major case in which I expect to appear before the
Supreme Court in the near future. But now that I have re-
turned to the active practice of law, it seems best to be
prepared. Practicing abroad as I do, it also seems more
useful to be able to state in certain documents in which I
must list the Bar of which I am a member, that I belong to
the Supreme Court rather than simply to the Bar of Wis-
consin. I presume this mundane aspect is not unknown to you.

I was delighted a short time ago to be reading the
ABA Journal and suddenly to see your picture as big as life
and a short caption concerning a speech that you had given.

Law Offices of Ronald P. Sokol
Avocat Americain-Conseil Juridique

Daniel J. Meador, Esq. Page 2

19 January 1978

It reassured me that you are back once again in operation.

My practice here has begun to grow and, somewhat to
my surprise, I find that I am thoroughly enjoying the
practice of law. I have even had one big criminal case
in which I introduced into the French system the notion
of raising procedural objections and insisting on the
rights of the accused. This astonished everyone, parti-
cularly the judge. The only person who seemed to think
it normal was my client who was English. After fifteen
months in prison without bail, I succeeded in obtaining
an acquittal for her, and now intend to attempt to obtain
an indemnity from the French Cour de Cassation under a
little-used provision of the criminal procedure code.
What appalls me most is the general level of competence
of lawyers on both sides of the Atlantic. Unfortunately,
Reno Harp was not an isolated case.

I wish I could ramble on longer, but I can’t. There
is some chance that I may get to Charlottesville or Wash-
ington this summer. If I do, of course I shall call. I
hope you have regained enough of your sight to function to
your satisfaction. I still have a place for you here should
you want to take a brief holiday.+

With kindest regards, I remain

As ever,

Ron [signature]

Ronald P. Sokol

+Or a long holiday.

Encs .
1. Check N° 356 to Clerk of Court.
2. Envelope Addressed to Clerk.
3. Motion for Admission.
4. Application for Admission.
5. Certificate of Good Standing.

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