Amir Ali

Lecturer on Law

Winter and Spring Terms 2021


Amir oversees 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. Amir directs the law school’s Criminal Justice Appellate Clinic, which offers students the opportunity to work on criminal justice appeals in the Winter and Spring semesters.

Amir has experience litigating and arguing cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state supreme courts. This past Supreme Court term, Amir and some of his clinic students represented former death-row inmate Corey Williams at the petition for certiorari stage, causing the State of Louisiana to agree to Mr. Williams immediate release from prison after being wrongfully imprisoned for twenty years. In 2016, 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 unconstitutional mandatory minimum sentences. Amir also previously represented Kevan Brumfield in the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts, obtaining a series of victories that led to the permanent reversal of Mr. Brumfield’s death sentence. In addition to his criminal justice work, Amir was 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.

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.

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