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William W. Bishop Jr. Edwin DeWitt Dickinson Professor of Law is retiring from active
faculty status as of December 31, 1976, after a dedicated career of teaching and research.
Professor Bishop was born in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1906. He received both his A.B.
(1928) and his J.D. (1931) from The University of Michigan. He was a research and
teaching assistant at the Law School from 1931 to 1935. Following a year with a major
New York City law firm, he was a lecturer in politics at Princeton in 1936-1938. Then,
after a year of graduate studies at Columbia, he was Assistant Legal Advisor in the State
Department during the critical period of 1939-1947.
Professor Bishop began teaching as a Visiting Professor of Law at Pennsylvania in 1947,
and at Columbia in 1948. He moved to Michigan in 1948, where he has been Professor of
Law ever since. In 1965 he was honored with a Distinguished Faculty Achievement
Award, and in 1966 he was named to a Distinguished University Professorship.
Professor Bishop is a member and Honorary Vice-President of the American Society of
International Law, and a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of
International Law. He was Editor-in Chief of the Journal in 1953-1955 and 1962-1970.
He was appointed to the important Permanent Court of Arbitration of the International
Court of Justice in 1975. Although Professor Bishop has written many influential articles,
he will probably be best remembered as a scholar for his highly successful and widely
used casebook, International Law Cases and Materials, first published in 1949 and often
revised. He has also presented two major series of lectures at The Hague Academy of
International Law. His specialties include the law of the sea and the difficult concept of
Professor Bishop, a naturally reserved and quiet man, has endeared himself to generations
of students by his constant accessibility, unfailing sympathy, and warm encouragement.
His legacy is a devoted band of international lawyers, American and foreign, sprinkled all
over the globe.
The Regents now salute this accomplished lawyer and educator for his long service to
The University of Michigan by naming him Professor Emeritus of Law.