Yale@Gateway Series Continues Legal and Constitutional Expert Akhil Reed Amar

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gateway Community College (GCC) is pleased to announce that its newly created Yale@Gateway speaker series will continue with Akhil Reed Amar, noted Law professor and legal and constitutional expert. Amar will speak on The Constitution Today: Under siege or still holding up just fine? The talk, followed by a question and answer session, will take place on Monday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the college's community room and will be 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.

The Yale@Gateway series is free and open to the public and should be of particular interest to students and professors in the fields of Law, Business, Economics and Business Law. For more information, contact GCC Business Professor Lorraine Li at LLi@gatewayct.edu or call (203) 285- 2285.