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Letter from Ronald Sokol to Daniel Meador, Wednesday, December 2, 1992

Ronald P. Sokol
B.P. 3
13540 Puyricard

Begun on 18 Nov. 1992. . . . Continued on 2 Dec. 1992

Dear Dan,

It has been a long time since I have heard from you, and I
thought I would dash off a few lines to reassure myself that
you are all right and that it is only the press of academic
and professional life that is behind it all.

Happy days are here again! Are you apt to return to
government life in one form or another? How can I lobby to
get you appointed to the Court? I am probably too removed to
do much good, but I would be happy to try to network with
classmates to get you at the head of the queue when a
slot opens up.

I have actually done some writing this year. I have a piece
coming out in the Winter issue of the International Lawyer
entitled “Reforming the French Legal Profession”, and I just
completed an article in French which I submitted to the
newspaper “Le Monde”, but I don’t know whether it will be
accepted. It is entitled “French Contempt of the Law:
Recollections and Reflections of an American Lawyer”. It
recounts some experiences I have had practicing here and then
adds a few reflections.

I have serious doubts whether the piece will be accepted, but
I got off my chest a few things I wanted to say and which
were inspired by a major public scandal that has been going
on in France and is known in the press as the “Contaminated
Blood Case”. The director of the National Blood Transfusion
Center was convicted for distributing in 1985 blood that he
knew was contaminated with the HIV virus. The case involves a
quasi-total breakdown in responsibility in the Health
Ministry in 1985 and 1986. I have been collecting articles on
it since it broke into the press a year or more ago and may
some day write it up in English along with one or two other French cases.

Professor Daniel J. Meador
18 November 1992, 02 Dec. 1992
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As I had some contact with the French Health Ministry myself
in 1985 while acting for a client, I decided to write up my
recollection. However, a couple of weeks have now gone by,
and I have heard nothing from Le Monde so I suspect that it
will not be published. In fact, the article has not even been

I am giving increasing thought to the idea of moving to
England. In fact, if I were offered an interesting job there,
I would be sorely tempted to take it. The reason for this is
that three of our four children are now at school in England
and the youngest who is eleven will be there as well as of
next September. If we were in England, we could be together
on weekends. As it is, we are relegated to school holidays
three or four times a year. I have written to Al Turnbull to
ask him for the names of some headhunters who operate in
Europe and have mentioned my musing to one or two other
people. I shall keep you informed.

What has been the reception to your book on American Courts?
What is your latest project? In one of your letters you
mentioned a project for doing a novel. What became of it?
When do you return to Lucius L?

I close this letter in some haste so as to get it off to you
as I am leaving town tomorrow and may not get a chance to get
back to it for awhile.

With warmest wishes.

As ever,

[handwritten signature]

Professor Daniel J. Meador
18 November 1992, 02 Dec. 1992
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