Vikram Amar has since 2015 served as the dean and a named professor of the College of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Before that he was a professor and administrator at various law schools within the UC system.

He has penned several books and over 60 articles in leading academic journals, focusing on constitutional law, federal courts, and civil procedure. He earned his AB from UC Berkeley and his JD from Yale Law School. After law school he clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court before joining the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

He was the first person of South Asian heritage to clerk at the Supreme Court, and was the first American-born person of Indian descent to become the dean of a major American law school.

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