Rabbi Stephen M. Passamaneck, Ph.D., z"l, served as Professor Emeritus of Rabbinic Literature at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, where he taught Talmud and medieval Jewish legal material. Early in his career he wrote on maritime and insurance law in Jewish sources. He affiliated with law enforcement agencies as a chaplain in 1976 and wrote almost exclusively on law enforcement and administration of justice in Jewish sources. He was trained and sworn as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and served as a line Reserve for eleven years. He served as a volunteer law enforcement chaplain with a federal law enforcement agency. He was elected President of the Jewish Law Association and was an officer of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.