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. He was the first American-born person of Indian descent to serve as a dean of a major American law school.
Vikram D. Amar
|Born||c. 1963 (age 57–58)|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley (BA)|
Yale University (JD)
|Institutions||University 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). 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). 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.
He writes a biweekly column for justia.com. Previously, he wrote a regular column for FindLaw's Writ. He also frequently appears on national radio and television programs as a commentator on contemporary legal issues.
- "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.
- "Vikram Amar". UC Davis School of Law. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
- Wurth, Julie (July 6, 2015). "Updated: UI's next law dean outlines priorities". The News Gazette. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
- Amar, Vikram David (2016). "Verdict". justia.com. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
- Amar, Vikram David (2016). "Legal Commentary: archive". FindLaw Writ. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
- "Interview: Professor Vikram Amar discusses today's California Supreme Court decision (768 words)". National Public Radio: All Things Considered. August 12, 2004. Retrieved December 20, 2009.
- University of Illinois College of Law Faculty: Vikram David Amar
- List of Amar's publications