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Yale Kamisar

Yale Kamisar, American lawyer, educator. Bar: District of Columbia 1955. Recipient American Bar Foundation Research award, 1996. Served to 1st lieutenant Army of the United States, 1951-1952.


  • Kamisar, Yale was born on August 29, 1929 in New York City. Son of Samuel and Mollie (Levine) Kamisar.

  • Education

    • AB, New York University, 1950. Bachelor of Laws, Columbia University, 1954. Doctor of Laws, City University of New York, 1978.


    • Research associate American Law Institute, New York City, 1953. Associate Covington & Burling, Washington, 1955-1957. Associate professor, then professor law University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1957-1964.

      Professor law University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1965-1992, Clarence Darrow distinguished university professor, 1992—2004. Professor San Diego University, since 2004. Visiting professor law Harvard University, 1964-1965, San Diego University, 2000-2002.

      Distinguished visiting professor law College William and Mary, 1988. Consultant National Advisory Commission Civil Disorders, 1967-1968, National Commission Causes and Prevention Violence, 1968-1969. Member advisory committee model code pre-arraignment procedure American Law Institute, 1965-1975.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia 1955.



    Served to 1st lieutenant Army of the United States, 1951-1952.


    • Married Esther Englander, September 7, 1953 (divorced October 1973). Children: David Graham, Gordon, Jonathan. Married Christine Keller, May 10, 1974 (deceased 1997).

      Married Joan Russell, February 28, 1999.
    • father: Samuel Kamisar
    • mother: Mollie (Levine) Kamisar
    • spouses: Esther Englander
    • Christine Keller
    • Joan Russell
    • children: David Graham Kamisar
    • Gordon Kamisar
    • Jonathan Kamisar
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    Born August 29, 1929