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Memoir

Jerold Israel
Regent's Proceedings 85

Jerold H. Israel, professor of law and the Alene and Allan F. Smith Professor of Law, retired from active faculty status on August 31, 1996, after a distinguished career of teaching and research.

Born in 1934, Professor Israel received his B.B.A. degree from Western Reserve University in 1956 and his LL.B. degree from Yale Law School in 1959. From 1959-61, he served as law clerk to Justice Potter Stewart at the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Israel began his career at the Law School in 1961 as an assistant professor; he was promoted to associate professor in 1964, to professor in 1967, and to the newly created Alene and Allan F. Smith chair in 1982.

Professor Israel has also visited and taught at the University of Florida, Stanford University, and the University of Kansas. From 1973-92, in addition to his academic duties, Professor Israel was executive secretary to the Michigan Law Revision Commission, an agency of the Michigan legislature, which proposed and secured enactment of revisions of 46 statutes during his tenure.

Professor Israel's work as scholar and teacher has focused on criminal law and procedure, fields in which he is acknowledged as one of the greatest authorities in the United States. His book Modern Criminal Procedure, now in its 8th edition, is the most widely used text in United States' law schools. His treatises on criminal procedure and criminal law are cited repeatedly by scholars and courts, and are part of the essential library of criminal lawyers and scholars in every part of the country. His teaching has commanded the respect and admiration of thousands of Michigan law students who practice throughout the United States and the world, and who continue to rely upon his counsel and judgment.

The Regents now salute this accomplished scholar and educator for his long service to the University of Michigan by naming Jerold H. Israel professor emeritus of law and the Alene and Allan F. Smith Professor Emeritus of Law.