Faculty Biography

Yale Kamisar

Professor of Law Emeritus

  • LLB, 1954, Columbia University
  • AB, 1950, New York University

Areas of Expertise

Professor Kamisar teaches and writes in the areas of criminal procedure, criminal law, the administration of criminal justice, and the politics of crime.

Professional Experience

Known as the "Father of Miranda," Kamisar 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. Since the mid-1960s, 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.

Kamisar was a member of the University of Michigan law faculty, where he started teaching in 1965, and was named the Clarence Darrow Distinguished University Professor of Law at the university in 1992. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, Kamisar taught at the University of Minnesota Law School and was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He was also the Lee Distinguished Visiting Professor at William and Mary Law School.  Kamisar joined USD School of Law in 2002. 

Honors and Affiliations

While at Columbia Law School, Kamisar was a member of the Columbia Law Review. He was awarded the American Bar Foundation Award for his lifetime contributions to research and writing in law and government in 1996.   Kamisar served as 2nd lieutenant and 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Infantry from 1951-52. He saw combat in Korea and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry's badge. 

Key Works

Kamisar is author of Police Interrogations and Confessions (University of Michigan Press, 1980) and co-author of two widely used casebooks: Constitutional Law: Cases, Comments & Questions (with Locklear, Choper, Shiffrin and Fallon) (West Publishing, 1st ed. 1964, 10th ed. 2006) and Modern Criminal Procedure: Cases, Comments & Questions (with LaFave, Israel and King) (West, 1st ed. 1965, 10th ed. 2002).

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