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Yale constitutional law scholar to deliver Harlan Lecture

Yale University law and political science professor Akhil Reed Amar, one of this era’s most accomplished constitutional law scholars, will deliver the second John Marshall Harlan Lecture on Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Carrick Theater.

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 Akhil Reed Amar

Amar, who will speak on “America’s Symbolic Constitution,” is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. He earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in 1980 from Yale College and his J.D. in 1984 from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, he joined the Yale faculty in 1985.

Amar is co-editor of a leading constitutional law casebook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking, and the author of several books, including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles (Yale University Press, 1997), The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction (Yale University Press, 1998), and America’s Constitution: A Biography (Random House, 2005).

The lecture series is named after U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan, who graduated from Transylvania’s law department in 1852. It is made possible by a gift from the Lexington law firm McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC.

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