Lecturer on Law
Amir directs the Washington, D.C. Office of the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center, where he litigates civil rights and criminal justice issues before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appeals courts around the country. This Spring, he will teach a reading group on Supreme Court litigation. He also runs an independent criminal justice appellate clinic, where students work on criminal justice appeals in the Winter and Spring semesters.
Amir has extensive experience litigating high-stakes criminal appeals. In 2016, for instance, Amir successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in Welch v. United States and obtained a decision that provided hundreds of people across the country with relief from mandatory minimum sentences that had been imposed in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Amir also represented Louisiana death-row inmate Kevan Brumfield in the U.S. Supreme Court and before the lower courts on remand, obtaining multiple victories that led to the permanent reversal of Mr. Brumfield’s death sentence. In addition to his criminal justice work, Amir has been involved in the challenges to President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Orders restricting the entry to the U.S. of people from several majority-Muslim countries. He has appeared on television and published pieces discussing the legal challenges to the Orders, including in The Guardian and on Take Care Blog.
Amir is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, where he teaches a course on constitutional litigation. He serves as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee for National Security & Civil Liberties, on the Legal Advisory Council for the Fair Punishment Project, and as a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court. Amir graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He previously clerked for Judge Raymond C. Fisher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Marshall Rothstein on the Supreme Court of Canada.