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Akhil Rheed Amar, JD Biography

Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"

“Maybe Obamacare is good policy; maybe not. But it is clearly constitutional. Recent critics of the plan are mangling the very Constitution they claim to cherish.”

“Constitutional Objections to Obamacare Don’t Hold Up,”, Jan. 20, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University, 2008-present
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2007-persent
  • Contributing Editor, The New Republic, 1999-present
  • Contributing Editor, The American Lawyer, 1998-present
  • Southmayd Professor of Law, Yale Law School, 1993-2008
  • Visiting Professor, Stanford Law School, 2001
  • Senior Scholar, National Constitution Center, 2000
  • William R. Orthwein Professor, Washington University School of Law, 1997
  • Recipient, “Rising Stars in Law” award, National Law Journal, 1995
  • Scholar in Residence, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, 1993
  • Scholar in Residence, Drake University, 1993
  • Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School, 1993
  • Recipient, Paul M. Bator Award , Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, 1993
  • Scholar in Residence, DePaul University College of Law, 1991
  • Professor of Law, Yale Law School, 1985-1993
  • Legal Clerk, First Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Stephen Breyer, 1984-1985
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1984
  • BA, summa cum laude, Yale College, 1980
  • Former consultant, The West Wing
  • Frequent legal commentator on radio and television
  • Born in 1958