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Yale Kamisar

Yale Kamisar joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1965.


Yale Kamisar, the Clarence Darrow Distinguished University Professor of Law Emeritus at the Law School, is a nationally recognized authority on constitutional law and criminal procedure. A graduate of New York University and Columbia Law School, he has written extensively on criminal law, the administration of criminal justice, and the "politics of crime." He is author of Police Interrogation and Confessions: Essays in Law and Policy and co-author of Criminal Justice in Our Time, and The Supreme Court: Trends and Developments (five annual volumes). He wrote the chapter on constitutional criminal procedure for The Burger Court: The Counter-Revolution That Wasn't, The Burger Years, and The Warren Court: A Retrospective. He is also co-author of two widely used casebooks: Modern Criminal Procedure: Cases, Comments & Questions, all ten editions, and Constitutional Law: Cases, Comments & Questions, all nine editions. In addition, he has written numerous articles on police interrogation and confessions; right to counsel; search and seizure; and euthanasia and assisted suicide and is widely quoted on these subjects. Professor Kamisar taught at the University of Minnesota Law School from 1957-64 and joined the University of Michigan law faculty in 1965.

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Oral History: Law School (University of Michigan) oral history interviews, 1988-2002.

Board of Regents Memoir

*   "Yale Kamisar: Memoir" Proceedings of the Board of Regents (1954-1957). 317.

Memorials & Tributes:

*   Allen, Francis A. "Yale Kamisar: Warrior Scholar" 102 Mich. L. Rev. 1689 (2003-2004)

*    Brensike, Eve L. "Saying Goodbye to a Legend: A Tribute to Yale Kamisar -- My Mentor, Teacher, and Friend", 102 Mich. L. Rev. 1693 (2003-2004).

*    Choper, Jesse H. "Yale Kamisar: Collaborator, Colleague, and Friend", 57 Mich. L. Rev. 1698 (2003-2004).

*    Edwards, Harry T. "Professor Yale Kamisar: 'Awesome'" 102 Mich. L. Rev. 1677 (2003-2004).

*    Ginsburg, Ruth Bader. "Tribute to Yale Kamisar", 102 Mich. L. Rev. 1673 (2003-2004).

*    Israel, Jerold H. "Seven Habits of a Highly Effective Scholar", 102 Mich. L. Rev. 1701 (2003-2004).

*    Kahn, Douglas A. "Yale Kamisar: A Principled Man for All Seasons", 102 Mich. L. Rev. 1722 (2003-2004).

*    King, Nancy J. "Inspiring Generations", 102 Mich. L. Rev. 1728 (2003-2004).

*    LaFave, Wayne, R. "What is a Kamisar?", 102 Mich. L. Rev. 1732 (2003-2004).

*    Lehman, Jeffrey S. "Yale Kamisar the Teacher", 102 Mich. L. Rev. 1686 (2003-2004).

*    Spindelman, Marc. "Yale", 102 Mich. L. Rev. 1747 (2003-2004).

*    White, Welsh S. "Yale Kamisar: The Enemy of Injustice", 102 Mich. L. Rev. 1772 (2003-2004).

Law Quadrangle Notes Articles

*    "Two Law Journals Honor kamisar," 48 L. Quadrangle Notes 38-39 (Summer, 2005).

*    "Yale Kamisar retires," 47 L. Quadrangle Notes 20-27 (Spring, 2004).

*    "Faculty members in key roles at AALS meeting; Columbia honors Kamisar," 41 L. Quadrangle Notes 34-35 (Spring, 1998).

*    "Kamisar honored," 39 L. Quadrangle Notes 10 (Spring, 1996).

*    "Kamisar honored on being named Distinguished University Professor," 36 L. Quadrangle Notes 11 (1993).

*    "In Memoriam," 35 L. Quadrangle Notes 7 (1992).

*    "Professor Yale Kamisar," 27 L. Quadrangle Notes 3-4 (1983).

*    "Kamisar Collects Campus Kudos," 21 L. Quadrangle Notes 2 (1977).

*    "Four New Members Join Michigan Law Faculty", 9 L. Quadrangle Notes 3 (August, 1965).

*    "Yale Kamisar Named to Henry King Ransom Professorship", 24 L. Quadrangle Notes 2-3 (Fall, 1979).


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