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News Posted on May 31, 2011

Assoc. Dean Amar Cited by U.S. Supreme Court

Associate Dean Vikram Amar was cited in U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinion in Brown v. Plata, the recent Supreme Court ruling requiring California to release approximately 46,000 prisoners in order to relieve prison overcrowding.  Justice Kennedy cited Amar's discussion in Federal Practice and Procedure of the procedures the lower courts must go through before issuing an order that has the effect of limiting the number of prisoners at a prison.

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law with the UC Davis School of Law, is a national authority in the fields of constitutional law, civil procedure, criminal procedure, and remedies. His biweekly column for, a leading provider of online legal information, centers on his expertise in constitutional law.