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John (Jack) H. Minan

Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law


John “Jack” H. Minan has been a Professor of Law at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law for more than 35 years. He teaches Property, State and Local Government, Land Use Planning, and Water Law. He has also taught a variety of other law courses during his career, including Alternative Energy Development, Torts, Community Property, Trusts and Estates, Estate Planning, Federal Estate and Gift Tax, and Comparative Law.

Prior to joining USD, Professor Minan taught at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland and at the University of Toledo College of Law in Ohio. Jack has taught at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, as the lead faculty member for an exchange program designed to introduce Russian judges to the American legal system. He has also been a faculty coordinator and participant in three National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) training programs in San Diego.

Jack has a B.S. from the University of Louisville, a M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky, and a J.D. from the University of Oregon. He has completed Ph.D. course work in Operations Analysis at American University. Following law school, Jack was selected for the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program. In the early 1970's, he practiced admiralty law as a trial attorney with the Civil Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Jack has been the educational leader for a number of international continuing legal education programs. He has been the leader of programs in Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, Austria, Switzerland, France, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Morocco, Egypt and in several republics of the former Soviet Union.

Professor Minan is an active scholar. He has authored or coauthored nine books, numerous contributions to books, more than forty scholarly articles, and a number of published reports and proceedings. At the outset of his career, his scholarship focused on the legal problems associated with the development of solar energy, and his work established him as one of the few national experts in this area. His record of scholarship also includes a number of publications on socialist legal systems and the co-authorship of a treatise on leasing under 2A of the Uniform Commercial Code. Jack’s more recent scholarship has focused on water law, with a special emphasis on water quality, and on various aspects of sports law. His books “The Little Book of Golf Law” and “Little White Book of Baseball Law” published by the American Bar Association (ABA) have been popular best sellers.

Jack has served on numerous Law School and University committees at USD. For his service to USD, he received University Professor Recognition Awards in 1995 and 2006. His record of administration includes Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Acting Dean of Summer Programs, and the Director of USD’s International and Comparative Law Programs at Trinity College, Dublin, at Magdalen College, Oxford, and in Florence, Italy. He also served on the USD search committee for the Vice President for Finance and Administration. In 2013, Professor Minan supervised USD’s Externship Program in Washington, D.C.

Professor Minan has an active record of public service. In 1999, he was appointed to the California Regional Water Board by Governor Davis and served six consecutive one-year terms as its chairman. Jack has also served on Governing Board of the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, an organization consisting of seventeen state and federal agencies. He also was appointed by the Governor to the San Diego River Conservancy, which is a state agency dedicated to the acquisition and management of public lands in the San Diego Region, and served as its vice-chairman.

At the national level, Jack is active with the ABA. In 2008, he was appointed to a four-year term on the Section of State and Local Government’s governing council. He was appointed to an additional term in 2012. He served as the chairman of the Section’s Environmental Law Committee (2006 and 2007) and has been on the Publications Oversight Board (2009-2013). Jack is also an active member the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.

Professor Minan was the coauthor of a Clean Air Initiative adopted by San Diego voters in 1987. In 1991, he prepared the environmental assessment for San Diego’s proposed Jackson Drive extension through Mission Trails Regional Park. He has been a pro bono hearing officer for the San Diego Housing Commission, and been an expert witness on matters involving Land Use Planning and Real Property.

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