Akhil Reed Amar
September 6, 1958
|Alma mater||Yale University (BA, JD)|
|Institutions||Yale Law School|
Columbia Law School
University of Pennsylvania Law School
|Notable students||John Yoo|
Akhil Reed Amar (born September 6, 1958) is an American legal scholar known for his expertise in constitutional law and criminal procedure. He holds the position of Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. A Legal Affairs poll placed Amar among the top 20 contemporary US legal thinkers.
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. He graduated from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, California in 1976. His brother, Vikram Amar, is dean of the University of Illinois College of Law.
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 three dozen 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 5. In Season 7, character Toby Ziegler also mentioned Amar when pointing out a typographical error in the Takings Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Amar has repeatedly served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Pepperdine School of Law and at Columbia Law School and was recently a visiting professor at University of Pennsylvania 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.