Vikram Amar

Vikram David Amar (born c. 1963) is an American legal scholar focusing on constitutional law, federal courts, and civil and criminal procedure. In August 2015, he became dean of the University of Illinois College of Law and the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law.[1] He was the first American-born person of Indian descent to serve as a dean of a major American law school.[citation needed]

Vikram D. Amar
Bornc. 1963 (age 57–58)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley (BA)
Yale University (JD)
Scientific career
FieldsConstitutional Law,
Complex Litigation,
Federal Courts,
Civil Procedure
InstitutionsUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of California, Davis

Prior to his arrival at Illinois Law, Amar was professor and senior associate dean for academic affairs at the UC Davis School of Law (King Hall).[2] Before becoming a professor, he clerked for Judge William Albert Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Justice Harry Blackmun at the U.S. Supreme Court (where he appears to be the first person of South Asian heritage to have clerked).[3] After serving as a clerk, Amar worked in the Sacramento office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, then began his career in legal academia in 1993 at King Hall. He joined the UC Hastings faculty in 1998, before returning to King Hall in 2007.

Amar received a BA in history from UC Berkeley. In 1988 he earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, serving as an articles editor for the Yale Law Journal.[2]

He writes a biweekly column for[4] Previously, he wrote a regular column for FindLaw's Writ.[5] He also frequently appears on national radio and television programs as a commentator on contemporary legal issues.

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  1. ^ "University of Illinois names Vikram Amar dean of the College of Law". University of Illinois College of Law. July 6, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Vikram Amar". UC Davis School of Law. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  3. ^ Wurth, Julie (July 6, 2015). "Updated: UI's next law dean outlines priorities". The News Gazette. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  4. ^ Amar, Vikram David (2016). "Verdict". Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  5. ^ Amar, Vikram David (2016). "Legal Commentary: archive". FindLaw Writ. Retrieved February 20, 2016.

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