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News Posted on March 20, 2012

Associate Dean Amar Acts as Justice in Moot Court Healthcare Hearing

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, acted as a justice for oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in a unique moot court event held in Los Angeles on March 13.  The event, which drew coverage in media including the Los Angeles Times, was sponsored by The California Endowment, public radio station KPCC, and several California law schools, including UC Davis School of Law.

The hearing brought together renowned legal minds and policy experts to argue and hear Department of Health and Human Services v. State of Florida, the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case that will decide the constitutionality of key parts of the health care reform law passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010.  Among those serving as justices with Amar were former California Governor Gray Davis, former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos R. Moreno, Rachel F. Moran, Dean of UCLA School of Law, and Deanell Tacha, Dean of the Pepperdine School of Law and former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

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.

Los Angeles Times