Akhil Amar

Akhil Amar
Born Akhil Reed Amar
(1958-09-06) September 6, 1958
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nationality United States
Fields Constitutional law, Criminal procedure, Federal jurisdiction, Legal history
Institutions Yale Law School
Alma mater Yale University
Notable students John Yoo
Neal Katyal
Chris Coons
Michael Bennet
Jake Sullivan
Cory Booker
Sarah Cleveland
Cyrus Habib

Akhil Reed Amar (born September 6, 1958) is an American legal scholar, an expert on constitutional law and criminal procedure. Formerly the Southmayd Professor of Law at Yale Law School, he was named Sterling Professor of Law in 2008.[1] A Legal Affairs poll placed Amar among the top 20 contemporary US legal thinkers.[2]

Life and career

Amar was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his parents were medical students from India studying at the University of Michigan. His parents later became U.S. citizens.[3] He graduated from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, California in 1976.[4] His brother, Vikram Amar, is dean of the University of Illinois College of Law.[5]

Amar is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale College (B.A., 1980) and a graduate of the Yale Law School (J.D. 1984), where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Amar clerked for future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer when he was a judge on the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Amar is the author of numerous publications and books, most recently The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of our Era. The Supreme Court has cited his work in over thirty cases.

Amar was a consultant to the television show The West Wing, on which the character Josh Lyman refers 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 has repeatedly served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Pepperdine School of Law and at Columbia Law School. He has also lectured for One Day University. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007.[6]

In 2008, U.S. presidential candidate Mike Gravel said that he would name Amar to the Supreme Court if elected President.[7]


See also


  1. Tam, Derek (2008-11-07). "Amar earns Sterling rank". Yale Daily News.
  2. "Who Are the Top 20 Legal Thinkers in America?". Legal Affairs. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  3. "Akhil Reed Amar: "America's Unwritten Constitution"". The Diane Rehm Show. Transcript. Washington, DC. September 13, 2012. National Public Radio. WAMU.
  4. "From Walnut Creek to the West Wing" (PDF). Walnut Creek Library Foundation. Walnut Creek, California. March 13, 2006. p. 1. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
  5. "Vikram David Amar". University of Illinois College of Law. 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  6. "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 May 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  7. Kaplan, Thomas (2008-02-07). "Gravel's justice of choice: Amar". Yale Daily News.

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