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12 Jan 2017, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
Of course, Wilson won reelection so the plan never went into effect.But perhaps it is time to revisit Wilson’s idea from 100 years ago, and consider it—or something like it that makes use of the Twenty-fifth Amendment passed 50 years ago—for future presidential elections in which transitional time is of the essence.Follow @prof_amar Vikram David Amar is the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law and the Dean at the University of… [read post]
6 Nov 2014, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
Vikram David Amar, a Justia columnist, is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis School of Law. [read post]
As 2014 draws to a close, we thought it appropriate to reflect on some of the most significant constitutional developments of the past year. [read post]
20 Oct 2016, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar and Michael Schaps
In addition to eliminating the possibility of a divisive prosecution, such a bipartisan gesture would appear more legitimate and might even begin to repair what this ugly campaign has broken.Follow @prof_amar Vikram David Amar is the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law and the Dean at the University of Illinois College of Law. [read post]
8 Mar 2018, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
In the space below and also in a subsequent column, I examine the Winner-Take-All approach to allocating electors and the legal claims against it.Background on the ComplaintThe recently filed Complaint—in which University of Texas Law Professor Sandy Levinson is a named plaintiff and in which noted trial attorney David Boies (who represented and did the oral argument for Al Gore in the famous Bush v. [read post]
10 Aug 2017, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
A person (including an Asian American) can rationally support valid affirmative action, but righteously complain if it is being implemented in a way that imposes unjustified costs on Asian groups, in order to spare whites from bearing their fair share.Follow @prof_amar Vikram David Amar is the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law and the Dean at the University of Illinois College of Law. [read post]
16 Nov 2017, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
Stay tuned.Follow @prof_amar Vikram David Amar is the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law and the Dean at the University of Illinois College of Law. [read post]
17 Nov 2016, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
”Follow @prof_amar Vikram David Amar is the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law and the Dean at the University of Illinois College of Law. [read post]
14 Dec 2016, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
Before teaching, Professor Amar spent a few years at the firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. [read post]
29 Dec 2016, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
Proposals like the TRUMP Act convince me all the more of the importance of federal legislation in this realm if and when states making up 270 or more electors sign onto the NPV plan.Follow @prof_amar Vikram David Amar is the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law and the Dean at the University of Illinois College of Law. [read post]
4 Apr 2018, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
In addition to reducing sarcastic comparisons between reaccreditation visits and certain locust/cicada infestations, this move seems a sensible step in the direction of focusing the ABA’s efforts on the relatively small number of law schools whose reaccreditation is open to any meaningful question.Follow @prof_amar Vikram David Amar is the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law and the Dean at the University of Illinois College of Law. [read post]
11 Jan 2018, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
Follow @prof_amar Vikram David Amar is the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law and the Dean at the University of Illinois College of Law. [read post]
15 Nov 2018, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
§ 1373), but state attempts to regulate federal land sales are not likely to succeed.Follow @prof_amar Vikram David Amar is the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law and the Dean at the University of Illinois College of Law. [read post]
24 Nov 2020, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar and Jason Mazzone
Legal educators should work hard to make sure the dangerous trends in the larger world do not undermine the careful training and habits of the mind that we seek to inculcate over three years, but that we hope will endure a lifetime.At a time when many of our institutions have fallen into disfavor among ordinary Americans, we are proud (and thankful, during this week of Thanksgiving), as a law dean and a law professor, to be training students for a profession that might be democracy’s last best… [read post]
4 May 2017, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
And if changes in legal education (which, though gradual, might have reached some tipping points) are contributing to the low pass rates, law schools need to deal with them promptly and forcefully.Follow @prof_amar Vikram David Amar is the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law and the Dean at the University of Illinois College of Law. [read post]
25 Mar 2021, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
In Part One of this two-part discussion of Senate reform proposals, I shared some thoughts on the filibuster. [read post]
11 Jan 2016, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
Shortly before Christmas, the California State Bar released detailed data on the July 2015 bar exam results, and the information confirms some national patterns but also contains a few surprises. [read post]
Over the past month or two, religious accommodation laws that have been enacted or proposed by states have attracted much attention in the media and among legal analysts. [read post]
21 Jun 2021, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar and Jason Mazzone
Two weeks ago the Republican Minority Leaders in both Houses of the Illinois legislature (known as the General Assembly), in their official capacity and as individual registered voters, brought suit in federal district court in McConchie v. [read post]
17 Apr 2019, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
The three recent pickups mean that 14 states (plus DC, which is not a state but which participates in the electoral college) have adopted; these 15 jurisdictions represent 189 electors—70% of the needed 270.In 2001, in some academic writings, my brother (and fellow law professor) Akhil Amar and I—and, separately, another law professor, Robert Bennett—laid out the intellectual foundations of this plan that would move the country close to having a national popular election… [read post]