Election Eve Yale@Gateway Special with Akhil Reed Amar

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

IMG_0017.JPGGateway Community College (GCC) Yale@Gateway speaker series continued on November 7 with a special election-eve conversation with Akhil Reed Amar, noted Law professor and legal and constitutional expert. Amar spoke on Tomorrow’s Winners & Losers: Trump, Clinton & the Constitution. The talk was followed by a question and answer session in which Amar discussed the implications of possible changes to the Supreme Court and the balance of power in Government. 

The Yale@Gateway Speaker Series is moderated by PBS correspondent and Yale Professor, Paul Solman.

Named among the top 20 contemporary U.S. legal thinkers by a Legal Affairs poll, Amar is the author of several books including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles, The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction, America’s Constitution: A Biography, and in 2012, America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By. The Supreme Court has cited Amar's work in more than 20 cases, including the landmark 1998 decision in Clinton v. City of New York, which ruled the presidential line-item veto unconstitutional.

Amar is the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University where he teaches in the Law School and Yale College. His course on constitutional law is one of the most popular undergraduate offerings at Yale College. He was a consultant to the television show The West Wing, on which the character Josh Lyman refers to him in an episode in Season Five, and he has made several appearances on Comedy Central's Colbert Report.