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Amir H. Ali


Supreme Court & Appellate Counsel, Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center, Adjunct Professor of Law

BSE, University of Waterloo; J.D., Harvard

Amir H. Ali is Supreme Court & Appellate Counsel at the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center. He opened the MacArthur Justice Center’s Washington, DC...

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Amir H. Ali is Supreme Court & Appellate Counsel at the Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center. He opened the MacArthur Justice Center’s Washington, DC office, which focuses on focuses on social and criminal justice reform through appellate litigation.

Professor Ali has extensive experience litigating cases involving civil rights and criminal justice issues at all levels. In 2016, Professor Ali successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in Welch v. United States, which provided hundreds of people across the country with relief from mandatory minimum sentences that had been imposed in violation of the U.S. Constitution. Prior to that, Professor Ali also represented Louisiana death-row inmate Kevan Brumfield in the U.S. Supreme Court in Brumfield v. Cain, and ultimately succeeded in permanently setting aside Mr. Brumfield’s death sentence.

Professor Ali has been involved in the challenges to President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders banning entry of people from several majority-Muslim countries from the United States. Judges and parties in this litigation have relied upon amicus briefing he has submitted to the courts. Professor Ali has also made television appearances and published commentary regarding the litigation (including on Take Care and in The Guardian).

Professor Ali directs an independent criminal justice appellate clinic at Harvard Law School, where he will also be a Lecturer in Law this Spring. Before joining the MacArthur Justice Center, Professor Ali was a member of the Supreme Court and Appellate practice at Jenner & Block LLP. 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. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

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