Akhil Amar, the Southmayd Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, has taught at Pepperdine as a D and L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor for the past three years. This fall marks his third time teaching the seminar Advanced Constitutional Law: Reading the Constitution.
Professor Amar first came to Pepperdine in 2001 at the invitation of Professor Doug Kmiec, for a constitutional seminar titled, "The Supreme Court's Most Extraordinary Term," where he was a featured presenter and panelist. Over the next six years, Professor Amar returned to speak at numerous symposia and institutes before becoming a D and L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor in 2005. In addition to teaching the constitutional law seminar, Professor Amar co-taught advanced criminal procedure last spring.
"This has become a home away from home," says Professor Amar. "This is special group and a community that leaps into action when people are in need (as I saw when Hurricane Katrina hit). This is a place where the faculty, staff, and students profess a faith and are trying to live it."
As a preeminent constitutional law scholar, Professor Amar was the second youngest person to be tenured and given a chair in the Yale Law School's history. He graduated from Yale College summa cum laude and went on to Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Professor Amar is the author of several distinguished scholarly books and law review articles and is one of the most frequently quoted academics in America. His most recent book is American Constitution: A Biography (Random House 2005).
"Professor Amar fully embodies the twin virtues of excellence and humanity," says Dean Starr. "We are deeply honored and richly blessed by the Amar family being part of our community."