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Yale Kamisar, American Lawyer, educator. Bar: District of Columbia 1955. Recipient American Bar Foundation Research award, 1996. Served to First 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.


Kamisar graduated from New York University, where he was a member of the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps. Kamisar graduated from the Columbia Law School in 1954 and was at Covington & Burling before becoming a law professor.


A "nationally recognized authority on constitutional law and criminal procedure," Kamisar is known as the "father of Miranda" for his influential role in the landmark U.S Supreme Court decision in Miranda v. Arizona (1966). Kamisar commanded an assault platoon in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953, fighting at the famous T-bone Hill. Kamisar taught at the University of Minnesota Law School from 1957 to 1964 and joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty in 1965.

Kamisar is the author of many books. Kamisar also co-wrote Criminal Justice in Our Time. He has extensively written on the U.S. Supreme Court, writing five annual volumes of The Supreme Court: Trends and Developments, as well as the chapters on criminal procedure for The Burger Court: The Counter-Revolution That Wasn't, The Burger Years, and The Warren Court: A Retrospective.

Kamisar also is the co-author of all ten editions of the casebook Modern Criminal Procedure: Cases, Comments & Questions (with Wayne R LaFave, Jerold Israel, and Orin S Kerr), and all nine editions of the casebook Constitutional Law: Cases, Comments & Questions. More than 30 Supreme Court opinions have cited Kamisar. "citations to his writings by other federal courts, as well as state courts, number far into the hundreds." After Kamisar retired from full-time teaching at Michigan after 40 years, the Michigan Law Review published tributes to him written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Wayne R. LaFave, Marc Spindelman, Jerold H. Israel, Eve L. Brensike, Welsh S. White, and Jeffrey S. Lehman, among others.

Kamisar joined the faculty at the University of San Diego School of Law in 2000 and became a full-time, tenured professor there in 2002. He retired from the faculty in 2011, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law.


Served to First 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.