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William W. Bishop Jr.
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William W. Bishop, Jr., '28, J.D.
'31, for eight years with the United 
States Department of State, joined the
 University of Michigan Law School
 faculty in October, 1948. His special 
field of teaching is international law,
 but he also teaches conflict of laws. In
1946 he served as legal adviser to the 
United States delegation to the Paris
 Peace Conference and the Council of 
Foreign Ministers, in London, Paris 
and New York, drafting the Italian
 and Balkan peace treaties.

 Bishop was born at Princeton, New 
Jersey. As an undergraduate he be
came a member of Phi Beta Kappa,
 Phi Kappa Phi and Coif, besides serv
ing on the staff of the "Law Review." 
He also studied in the law schools of
 Harvard and Columbia. Professor Bish
op's first affiliation with the teaching
 staff at the University began after he
 earned his law degree, when he was appointed as a research and teaching
 assistant in the Law School, remaining 
until 1935 when he joined the New
 York law firm of Root, Clark, Buckner
 and Ballantine. After a year there, he
 served as lecturer in politics at Princeton University from 1936 to 1938.

 1939 he assumed his position as As
sistant Legal Adviser in the United
 States Department of State. Just prior 
to returning to the University of Michi
gan as a Professor, he had been Visit
ing Professor of International Law at
 the University of Pennsylvania and at
 Columbia University. He is one of the
 Board of Editors of the "American
 Journal of International Law," being in
 charge of the department of Judicial
 Decisions which collects and digests
 cases involving international law de
cided by American and foreign courts.

Among his publications is a mimeographed casebook on international law, 
which is used at the University of 
Michigan and other universities. Pro
fessor Bishop is a member of the
 American Bar Association, the Michi
gan State Bar, the American Society 
of International Law and the Inter
national Law Association. He is the
 son of William Warner Bishop, '92, 
A.M. '93, Librarian Emeritus of the
 University of Michigan, and is married 
to the former Mary Shreve, a graduate
 of the College of William and Mary and
 of George Washington University Law 
School. As a hobby, he is interested in
 and has done a great deal of work in
 Boy Scouting, enjoys hiking, swim
ming and reading.