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13 Mar 2019, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
(For a full explanation of why the AIRC ruling means direct democracy is permissible in electoral college reform, see my Justia essay written in the wake of the ruling.)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]
31 May 2017, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
  As I have written in a number of columns analyzing various aspects of the NPV movement, the essential idea—a version of which was seriously floated by a small number of people including me, my older brother (Akhil Amar), and also (separately) by Professor Robert Bennett over a decade ago—seeks to permit and encourage various states to sign onto an agreement that would require each signatory state to cast its electoral college votes not for the candidate who garners a… [read post]
21 Apr 2016, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
Akhil Amar and I have argued that this congressional statute (which is different from some of its predecessors) is itself unconstitutional, because members of Congress are not “officers” within the meaning of the Constitution’s Succession Clause. [read post]
7 Apr 2016, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
But I do think (and have thought for some time) that it is a question worth examining carefully, as each passing election gives us information about how we might improve American democracy.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]
18 May 2022, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar and Jason Mazzone
Last week a good friend of the law school where both of us teach (the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman, announced she was stepping down effective July 7, 2022. [read post]
5 May 2016, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar and Greg Miarecki
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 Aug 2017, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
It is often (and rightly) said today that there are many people and forces working to divide America. [read post]
16 Jul 2015, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
Vikram David Amar is a law professor and the dean designate of the University of Illinois College of Law. [read post]
28 Feb 2020, 8:05 am
In a 1995 Stanford Law Review article, Professors Akhil Reed and Vikram David Amar argued that the U.S. [read post]
28 Feb 2020, 8:04 am by Christine Corcos
In a 1995 Stanford Law Review article, Professors Akhil Reed and Vikram David Amar argued that the U.S. [read post]
13 Aug 2015, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
What can I say about a university system that I am leaving after twenty-three years as a professor? [read post]
20 Apr 2017, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
When state and local governments create policy discriminating against federal contractors, they are not simply withholding assistance to the feds, but instead are affirmatively trying to make it harder for the feds to find third parties to implement national programs.More generally, I think whether we are talking presidential election reform or federal-state relations, we should always remember that the rules and doctrines we forge must apply equally well regardless of which political party or… [read post]
7 Feb 2018, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
This week’s decision by Justice Samuel Alito (who entertains emergency motions from within Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) to leave undisturbed the congressional districting ruling last month by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court—in League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania v Commonwealth (League of Women Voters)—is a helpful reminder of the importance of state courts and state constitutions in safeguarding American democracy. [read post]
5 May 2022, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
Last week’s decision by the highest state court in New York invalidating congressional districts drawn by the Democrat-controlled legislature, on the ground that the legislature ran afoul of recently adopted state constitutional provisions prohibiting excessive partisan gerrymandering, is the latest in a series of such cases by state high courts rebuffing the congressional district lines drawn by legislatures in their respective states. [read post]
31 Oct 2019, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
  Indeed, at public universities like the one where I serve as a professor and a law dean, it is somewhat ironic (but clearly true) that, as far as the First Amendment is concerned, students have greater First Amendment freedoms than the professors who are charged with teaching them about the First Amendment.Follow @prof_amar Vikram David Amar is the Dean and Iwan Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law… [read post]
29 Jan 2024, 8:09 am by Kurt Lash
Akhil Reed Amar (Yale) and Vikram David Amar (Illinois) in Trump v. [read post]
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]
9 Jun 2022, 9:01 pm by Vikram David Amar
Now is the time, before Justice Breyer departs, for the rest of the Court, and the rest of the nation, to hear and benefit from his wisdom.Follow @prof_amar Vikram David Amar is the Dean and Iwan Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law on the Urbana-Champaign campus. [read post]