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Akhil Amar Presents America’s Unwritten Constitution

D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor Akhil Reed Amar celebrated the 225th anniversary of the United States Constitution at the Pepperdine School of Law in August with a presentation of his latest book, America's Unwritten Constitution.

A crowd of more than 100 guests greeted Amar at the event held Aug. 27th in the Henry J. and Gloria Caruso Auditorium. Dean Deanell Reece Tacha, who introduced Amar as a "friend and esteemed colleague," noted his impact on the topic, stating "Akhil Amar has one of the most stellar backgrounds in constitutional law."

The book is a sequel to Amar's previous publication, America's Constitution: A Biography. In it, he presents a bold new vision of the American constitutional system, showing how the complementary relationship between the Constitution's written and unwritten components is one of America's greatest and most enduring strengths.

The book, according to Amar, is an invitation to "read between the lines" of the Constitution. To read "beneath it, behind it, and beyond it" to "examine the principles by which we live."

The event also welcomed Amar back to the Malibu campus for the fall semester for what has been a nearly decade-long stint as a visiting professor at the university. The Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, Amar currently teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. He teamed with professor Robert Pushaw for a two-week course at Pepperdine Law in August and September, providing students with the opportunity to work with one of the key leaders in legal education.

"Our students, faculty, and visitors were honored that Professor Amar chose to unveil his important new book at Pepperdine," said Pepperdine Law Vice-Dean Rick Cupp. "Professor Amar's presentation reflected his great love and enormous understanding of the Constitution, and it elevated everyone in attendance."