Vikram David Amar is professor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UC Davis School of Law. Before becoming a professor, he clerked for Judge William A. Norris of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Justice Harry Blackmun at the Supreme Court of the United States. After serving as a clerk, Amar worked in the Sacramento office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, then began his career in legal academia in 1993 at King Hall. He joined the UC Hastings faculty in 1998, before returning to King Hall in 2007.
Amar received a BA in History from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1988 he earned his J.D. from Yale Law School.
He writes a regular column for Findlaw's Writ. He also frequently appears on national radio and television programs as a commentator on contemporary legal issues.
Amar's brother, Akhil Amar, is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School.
At one level this is a very technical, dry case about when deference is owed (to an executive interpretation of federal law). But Kennedy is trying to rise above the technicalities to make a point about executive overreaching. Kennedy likes to remind people of the big picture.
A parade is defined by who is in it. Its identity consists of who is in it. The inclusion of any political group -- even one not trumpeting its point of view -- might detract from the message the parade sends.