Friday, December 7, 2007
Professor Yale Kamisar is the Clarence Darrow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan Law School and, since 2002, a tenured professor of law at USD. He teaches and writes in the areas of criminal procedure, criminal law, the administration of criminal justice and the politics of crime. Known as the “Father of Miranda,” he is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on criminal procedure, having written a large number of the seminal articles and texts on the subject, many of which have been quoted or cited by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kamisar is author of Police Interrogations and Confessions (University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two widely-used casebooks: Constitutional Law: Cases, Comments & Questions (1st ed. 1964, 9th ed. 2001, West Publishing Co.) (with William B. Locklear, Jesse H. Choper, Steven Shiffrin and Richard Fallon) and Modern Criminal Procedure: Cases, Comments & Questions (1st ed. 1965, 10th ed. 2002, West Publishing Co.) (with Wayne LaFave, Jerold Israel and Nancy King). Since the mid-1960’s Kamisar’s special interest has been police interrogation and confessions.
He has also been a vigorous defender of the “exclusionary rule” against attacks by courts and scholars. In addition, Kamisar is a noted expert on issues related to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. In 1996 he was awarded the American Bar Foundation Award for his lifetime contributions to research and writing in law and government. [Mark Godsey]