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Constitutional Scholar Akhil Amar of Yale to Deliver Garth Lecture on October 22

September 19, 2013 – 

Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School and author of the widely-praised book, America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By, will deliver the Third Annual Judge Leonard I. Garth Lecture at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. The lecture will take place at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

Akhil Amar
Akhil Reed Amar

Professor Amar’s topic will be “Envisioning the Future: America’s Unfinished Constitution,” which is based on the final chapter of his book. 

The event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required at www.law.newark.rutgers.edu/garth-2013

A 1984 graduate of Yale Law School, Professor Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985 after clerking for Judge Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit. He has been described as “a progressive law professor who is unafraid of the text of the Constitution” (Wall Street Journal) and “a commendably unorthodox and, in some ways, iconoclastic scholar” (New York Times). The Washington Post pronounced America’s Unwritten Constitution, his most recent book, as “a masterful, readable book that constitutes one of the best, most creative treatments of the U.S. Constitution in decades.”

Judge Garth is U.S. Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was in private practice before his 1969 nomination by President Richard M. Nixon as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. He was elevated to the Third Circuit in 1973 and assumed senior status in 1986.

The law clerks and family of Judge Garth, and his former firm, Cole Schotz Meisel Forman & Leonard, PA, created the Garth Lecture Series in honor of their mentor and to promote the advancement of the law as the foundation of a just and free society so amply demonstrated by the judge’s example.

What: Third Annual Judge Leonard I. Garth Lecture, followed by book signing
Topic: “Envisioning the Future: America’s Unfinished Constitution”
Who: Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School
When: 1:00 pm, Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Where: Rutgers School of Law–Newark