Acclaimed UM law professor Yale Kamisar dies at 92

Betty Q. Hixson

Yale Kamisar, Ann Arbor

In nearly 40 years as a University of Michigan law professor and scholar with impressive expertise, Yale Kamisar inspired his pupils and colleagues while carving a place in legal history.

Many speak in awe of his expansive memory, insightful writing and the influential role he played in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that resulted in what are commonly called the “Miranda rights.”

“He was a towering figure in the profession; for a half-century he was one of the nation’s foremost commentators on criminal procedure,” said Mark West, dean at the UM Law School. “He is known especially for his path-breaking work on the law of interrogation, which led to his title as the intellectual and unofficial ‘Father of Miranda.’ ”

Mr. Kamisar, the Clarence Darrow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Law at UM, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022. He was 92.

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