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Letter from Ronald Sokol to Daniel Meador, Tuesday, May 11, 1999

Sokol Law Offices
14, rue Principale
13540 Puyricard

Professor Daniel J. Meador
James Monroe Professor of Law
University of Virginia
School of Law
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903-1789

Tuesday, May 11, 1999

Dear Dan,

Just a note to acknowledge yours of March 18th and Unforgotten which got here about ten
days ago. I have put it aside to read when I can do so in a leisurely fashion. I shall of
course send you a reaction after having done so. In the interim I can say that the book is
beautifully packaged. The publisher certainly merits praise for its physical appearance.

I got a phone call yesterday from your cousin Margaret Keith. She sounded like a very
interesting lady, and I hope that at some point we can get our paths to cross either in Nice
or in Paris. Thank you for giving her my name.

I also got a call last week from Mary Lee Stapp. It was the first I’ve heard from her in
over a year. The video that was supposed to be done was apparently never done, and I
have concluded–and I imagine you have as well–that the Golden Mean composition is
not likely ever to be heard as long as Mary Lee is the conductor. She said that Neville had
been absent doing something else for the last year and a half, but that he is now back on
board, as she put it.

As far as Paul Michel’s unusual marriage is concerned, Herb Rosenthal told me a little
about it and Paul himself mentioned it and said that he and his wife had apparently
separated. I did not want to ask him about it, but I would be curious to know the whole
story as what little I heard of it from Herb and Paul aroused my curiosity. Am I correct in
recalling that Herb said a book was written about it? If it has been written up somewhere
and you can refer me to it, I would be grateful.

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I very much appreciate your kind offer to help me in regard to possible law teaching, but
I have doubts as to how serious I am. While I miss teaching and periodically think about
it, I never envisaged it as a career, but I do find myself occasionally fantasizing about it
as a possible second career. One major problem is that our family center of gravity is in
Europe, and I can’t easily envision leaving it.

A few weeks ago I ran across an offer at the University of Ireland in Galway for a human
rights law teacher. The offer intrigued me enough to give the dean a call to see exactly
what they were looking for, but it was more an administrator and fund-raiser for their
human rights law center than a teacher that they were after.

I wrote the Gay McDougall at the Int’l Human Rights Law Group about a month ago to
ask if a final report on the Cambodian project had been done and whether I might have a
copy, but I have yet to receive a reply.

There are some interesting events going on in France at the moment, and I am debating
with myself as to whether I want to write something about them and, if so, whether to do
it in English or in French and where I might publish whatever I do write.

Thank you once again for the invitation to stay with you and Jan. I have no immediate
plans for a stateside visit but will keep you informed and will write again before long
after I have completed Unforgotten.


RS [signature]

Ronald P. Sokol

Tel. 33-04-42-92-08-20 Fax: 33-04-42-92-14-51

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