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Akhil Reed Amar, J.D.
D&L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor, Fall 2014

Office: School of Law (SOL)

  • J.D., Yale University, 1984
  • B.A., Yale University, 1980, summa cum laude

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. He received his BA, summa cum laude, in 1980 from Yale College, and his JD in 1984 from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, lst Circuit, Professor Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985. Along with Yale Dean Paul Brest and Professors Sandford Levinson, Jack Balkin, and Reva Siegel, Professor Amar is the co-editor of a leading constitutional law casebook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking. He is also the author of several books, including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles (Yale Univ. Press, 1997); The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction (Yale Univ. Press, 1998) most recently, America's Constitution: A Biography (Random House, 2005); and most recently, America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (Basic Books, 2012).

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