Samuel D. Estep papers: 1953-1979
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Biography

Samuel D. Estep was a professor at the University of Michigan Law School from 1948 to 1989. Estep received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1940 from the Kansas State Teachers College and his Juris Doctor degree in 1946 from the University of Michigan Law School. He joined the law faculty at U of M as an assistant professor in 1948, was promoted to associate professor in 1951, and became a full professor in 1954. From 1950-1957, he served as the director of the UM Law School's Legislative Research Center.

Estep devoted his career to teaching in such diverse fields as constitutional law, commercial law, and science and the law. His work as a scholar was devoted primarily to topics drawn from his interest in science and the law. He was a leading scholar in atomic energy law, co-authoring a number of books on atomic energy and weapons law. Together with Dean E. Blythe Stason and Professor William J. Pierce, he co-authored the groundbreaking book, "Atoms and the Law" (1959). Estep published many law review articles on the legal problems that would emerge from the peacetime use of atomic energy. He was also one of the pioneers in the development of legal literature regarding space communications.

Estep retired in 1989, and was granted the status of professor emeritus.