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Constitution Day programs Friday

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2010-09-07

Yale College, Law School professor to speak
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will host Dr. Akhil Reed Amar, one of the foremost authorities on the U.S. Constitution, for the annual Constitution Day commemoration on Friday, Sept. 10.

Amar will participate in a roundtable discussion on the state of the U.S. Supreme Court at 9:30 a.m. in the Anna Todd Wofford Center in the Andrews Field House. At 11:30 a.m., he will give the Constitution Day Lecture, “South Carolina and the United States Constitution,” in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building.

Both programs are free and open to the public.

Amar teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. He received 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, Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985. Along with Dean Paul Brest and professors Sanford Levinson, Jack Balkin and Reva Siegel, 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,” “The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction,” and most recently, “America’s Constitution: A Biography.” His work has been cited in numerous Supreme Court Decisions.