Cornell University

2010 Milton Konvitz Memorial Lecture

April 27, Ithaca Campus

New York State and the Federal Constitution

Akhil Reed Amar
Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University

Date: April 27th
Time: 4:30pm, reception immediately following lecture
Location: 105 Ives hall

Akhil Reed Amar is the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. After graduating in 1980 from Yale College and in 1984 from Yale Law School (where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal), he clerked on the First Circuit for Judge Stephen Breyer in 1984-85 and then joined the Yale faculty in 1985. 

In 1994 he received the Paul Bator award from the Federalist Society; in 1998 his work on the Bill of Rights earned the ABA Certificate of Merit and the Yale University Press Governors Award; and his most recent book earned the ABA Silver Gavel Award of 2006. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2008 he received the DeVane Medal--Yale's highest award for teaching excellence. He has delivered endowed lectures at some three dozen colleges and universities, and has written widely on constitutional issues in both law journals and general-interest publications. 

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

The Milton Konvitz Lecture is possible through the generosity of Irwin Jacobs ’54 (BEE ’56) and Joan Jacobs (BS HE ’54).