- Akhil Reed Amar
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Constitutional law, Criminal procedure, Federal jurisdiction, Legal history
Yale Law School
John Yoo Neal Katyal
Akhil Reed Amar (born 1958) is Southmayd Professor of Law at
Yale Law School, an expert on constitutional lawand 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= ]
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 Breyerwhen 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 Lymanrefers 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 Yooand 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 reviewand political opinion journals in 1995 and 1996.
He will be a visiting professor at
Harvard Law Schoolstarting in Spring 2009.
In 2008, Presidential candidate
Mike Gravelsaid that he would name Amar to the Supreme Court if elected President.
Amar graduated from Las Lomas High School in
Walnut Creek, Californiain 1976.
* "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)
* [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]
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