John and Marie Chiles Federalist Papers Lecture Series

John and Marie Chiles Federalist Papers Lecture Series

One of America's leading Constitutional scholars examines the Papers and their impact upon our present day constitutional republic.

"Probing the Minds of Hamilton, Madison & Jay: The Guidance of the Federalist Papers"


12:00 - 1:00 p.m., February 17, 2017
Jim Kronzer Appellate Advocacy Classroom & Courtroom,
Room 127, Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center
1114 South University Parks Drive Waco, TX 76706

Full Lecture

Schedule of Events


Brad Toben
Dean, Baylor Law School


Judge Kenneth Winston Starr
Louise L. Morrison Chair of Constitutional Law, Baylor Law School, Retired


Professor Akhil Reed Amar
Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University


Dean Toben

Professor Akhil Reed Amar

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. His work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society.

After graduating from Yale College, summa cum laude, in 1980, from Yale Law School in 1984, and clerking for then Judge (now Justice) Stephen Breyer, Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985 at the age of 26.

His work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society, and he has been favorably cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in more than 30 cases -- tops in his generation. He has regularly testified before Congress at the invitation of both parties; and in various comprehensive surveys of judicial citations and/or scholarly citations, he invariably ranks among America's five most-cited legal scholars under age sixty.

Professor Amar is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2008 he received the DeVane Medal -- Yale's highest award for teaching excellence. He has written widely for popular publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and Slate. He was an informal consultant to the popular TV show, The West Wing, and his work has been showcased on more recent TV shows such as The Colbert Report, Charlie Rose, and The O'Reilly Factor.

Professor Amar is the author of dozens of law review articles and several books, including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles (Yale Univ. Press, 1997), The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction (Yale Univ. Press, 1998 -- winner of the YUP Governors' Award), America's Constitution: A Biography (Random House, 2005 -- winner of the ABA's Silver Gavel Award), America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (Basic Books, 2012 -- named one of the 100 best nonfiction books of the year by the Washington Post), and The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of our Constitutional Republic (Basic Books, 2015).

His newest book, The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era, was published in September 2016 and was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of the year by Time magazine. In February, 2017 he will receive the American Bar Foundation's annual Outstanding Scholar Award.