From the fall of 1966 until he joined the faculty, Professor Richard Sobol was Chief Staff Counsel of the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee in Louisiana, and he continues to be active in civil rights litigation in the South.
After a B.A. from Union College in 1958, Sobol went to Columbia Law School. He bore down hard the first year, winning a James Kent Scholar award as one of the top five in his class. In the following years, he devoted much time to the Law Review. In his senior year, in addition to serving as Notes and Comments Editor of the Columbia Law Review, he did research in constitutional and criminal law for Professor Herbert Wechsler, Chief Reporter for the American Law Institute's Model Penal Code.
When Columbia Professor Paul R. Hays was called to the bench of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1961, Sobol became his law clerk.
From the clerkship, Sobol went to Federal Trade Commissioner Philip Elman as a special assistant for several months and then joined the Washington firm of Arnold, Fortas & Porter.
-- From the University of Michigan Law School's Law Quadrangle Notes, V. 13, Iss. 02 (Spring 1969).