Akhil Reed Amar

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Location Amphitheater

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Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. 

Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985, at the age of 26. Prior to that, Amar clerked for then-Judge (now Justice) Stephen Breyer. He graduated from Yale College, summa cum laude, in 1980, and from Yale Law School in 1984. He has regularly testified before Congress at the invitation of both parties. In various comprehensive surveys of judicial citations and/or scholarly citations, he invariably ranks among America’s five most-cited legal scholars under the age of 60. In 2014, Amar delivered the Robert H. Jackson Lecture on the Supreme Court at Chautauqua.

Amar is the author of dozens of law review articles and several books, including The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction, which won the Yale University Press Governors’ Award) and America’s Constitution; A Biography, which won the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. His most recent book is The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era. Amar’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic, in addition to other publications.

Amar’s work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society, and he has been favorably cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in more than 30 cases. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of the DeVane Medal —Yale’s highest award for teaching excellence. In February 2017, he will receive the American Bar Foundation’s annual Outstanding Scholar Award.