Akhil Reed Amar


Akhil Reed Amar

Infobox Scientist
box_width = 250px
name = Akhil Reed Amar



image_size = 200px
caption =
birth_date = 1958
birth_place =
death_date =
death_place =
residence =
citizenship =
nationality = flag|United States
ethnicity =
fields = Constitutional law, Criminal procedure, Federal jurisdiction, Legal history
workplaces = Yale Law School
alma_mater = Yale University
doctoral_advisor =
academic_advisors =
doctoral_students =
notable_students = John Yoo
Neal Katyal
known_for =
author_abbrev_bot =
author_abbrev_zoo =
influences =
influenced =
awards =
religion =


footnotes =

Akhil Reed Amar (born 1958) is Southmayd Professor of Law at Yale Law School, an expert on constitutional law and criminal procedure. He is considered one of the most influental legal thinkers of modern times in the United States. [cite web |url=http://www.legalaffairs.org/poll/ |title=Who Are the Top 20 Legal Thinkers in America? |accessdate=2008-07-04 |work=Legal Affairs |publisher= |date= ]

Biography

Amar is a "summa cum laude" graduate of Yale College (B.A., 1980) and the Yale Law School (J.D. 1984) and was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Amar clerked for now-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer when he was a judge on the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

He is the author of numerous publications and books. He was a consultant to the television show "The West Wing", on which the character Josh Lyman refers to him in an episode in Season Five. His course on constitutional law is one of the most popular undergraduate offerings at Yale College. Amar's younger brother, Vikram Amar, teaches at the UC Davis School of Law.

Among Amar's students at Yale were John Yoo and Neal Katyal. John Yoo went on to work in the Bush White House, where he wrote an infamous memo arguing that the U.S. Constitution condoned the limited torture of "enemy combatants." Katyal would later serve as (victorious) lead counsel in the landmark Supreme Court case "Hamdan v. Rumsfeld" which overturned the very policy that Yoo supported. Amar and Katyal also published articles together in law review and political opinion journals in 1995 and 1996.

He will be a visiting professor at Harvard Law School starting in Spring 2009.

In 2008, Presidential candidate Mike Gravel said that he would name Amar to the Supreme Court if elected President.

Amar graduated from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, California in 1976.

Books

* "The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles" (1997)
* "For the People" (with A. Hirsch) (1997)
* "The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction" (1998)
* "Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking" (ed. with P. Brest, S. Levinson, and J.M. Balkin), (2000)
* "America's Constitution: A Biography" (2005)

ee also

* Amar Plan
* Akhil.K.Ashok

References

External links

* [http://www.law.yale.edu/faculty/AAmar.htm Yale Law School bio]
* [http://www.law.columbia.edu/ Columbia Law School]
* [http://www.law.columbia.edu/fac/Akhil_Amar Columbia Law School biography]
* [http://law.pepperdine.edu/academics/faculty/amar.html Views on the Supreme Court]
* [http://yaledailynews.com/articles/view/23376 Gravel's Justice of Choice]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Akhil — is a Hindi and Sanskrit word that means complete or universal . Sanskrit fragmentation of the word yields: A (without) + Kh (sky or boundary) + L (agreed or liked). It is an Indian given name. Notable people named Akhil:* Akhil Kumar, an Indian… …   Wikipedia

  • Amar — may refer to:* a common Indian name meaning immortal or deathless in Sanskrit * Amar (film), a 1954 Hindi language Indian film * Amar Akbar Anthony , a 1977 Hindi language Indian film * Amar (Eurovision song), a song by 2B, which represented… …   Wikipedia

  • Amar — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sommaire 1 Patronyme 1.1 Étymologie 2 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Amar Plan — The Amar Plan is a plan to reform the presidential election process in the United States to ensure that the President is chosen by national popular vote. The plan was put forward in 2001 by law professors (and brothers) Akhil Reed Amar and Vikram …   Wikipedia

  • Harvard Law Review — Archivo:381 1.jpg Harvard Law Review País Estados Unidos Idioma Inglés Catego …   Wikipedia Español

  • Jurisdiction stripping — Constitutional Law of the United States of America The constitutional structure Civil Rights  · Federalism Executive branch  · Separation of powers Legislative branch  · Judiciary …   Wikipedia

  • Right to keep and bear arms — The right to keep and bear arms, RKBA, [ [http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/rkba What does RKBA stand for? Acronyms and abbreviations by the Free Online Dictionary.] ] or right to bear arms is the concept that people, individually or… …   Wikipedia

  • National Popular Vote Interstate Compact — Current status ■Enacted into law ■Pending in current legislative session ■Failed in current or a previous session Note: Each square in the lower cartogram represents one electoral vote. The Natio …   Wikipedia

  • Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution — United States of America …   Wikipedia

  • Secession in the United States — Attempts or aspirations of secession have been a feature of the politics of the United States since the country s birth. The line between actions based on a constitutional right of secession as opposed to actions justified by the… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.