Professor Proffitt received his B.S. from the University of Nebraska in 1940. He received his J.D. in 1948 and an LL.M in 1956, both from the University of Michigan School of Law. He served on the faculty at the University of Nebraska and the University of Missouri after a short time practicing law in Colorado.
Professor Proffitt came to the University of Michigan in 1956 as an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of the Law School. He served as Assistant Dean and then Associate Dean for fourteen years. Professor Proffitt was appointed to full Professor in 1959. He taught in the areas of criminal law and procedure and admiralty law. He retired in 1986.
Board of Regents Memoir
"Roy F. Proffitt: Memoir" Proceedings of the Board of Regents (1954-1957), 911-912.
Law Quadrangle Notes Articles
"Comings & goings," 31 L. Quadrangle Notes 9 (Fall, 1986).
""Proffitting" students," 29 L. Quadrangle Notes 16 (Wnter, 1985).
"Bequest honors Professor Proffitt," 27 L. Quadrangle Notes 23 (Fall, 1982).
"Prof. Proffitt Named Nebraska "Master Alumnus"," 21 L. Quadrangle Notes 4 (Winter, 1977).
"Proffitt Resigns Deanship, Will Remain at Law School," 15 L. Quadrangle Notes 4 (Fall, 1970).