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The Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center is a public interest law firm that litigates social and criminal justice issues—including police misconduct, racial and religious discrimination, prison conditions, wrongful convictions, and the death penalty. Our Washington, D.C. office focuses on obtaining material and lasting reform primarily through appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court and other appeals courts around the country.

Who We Are

Amir H. Ali, Supreme Court and Appellate Counsel, has extensive experience litigating criminal justice and civil rights issues.  He has authored dozens of briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appeals courts, and has represented individuals at all stages of litigation.

In 2016, Amir 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.  Amir also represented Louisiana death-row inmate Kevan Brumfield in the U.S. Supreme Court and, upon prevailing there, persuaded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reverse Mr. Brumfield’s death sentence.  

Before opening the MacArthur Justice Center’s Washington, D.C. office, Amir 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. Amir's casework been recognized on a number occasions, including the Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyer Award in the area of social responsibility, the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project’s Exceptional Service Award, and the Albert E. Jenner Award for pro bono service.

Amir graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.  While at Harvard, he received the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership and served as President of the Board of Student Advisers. Before law school, Amir received an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada and worked as a software engineer at Google.

Emily Clark, Appellate Research Specialist & Operations Manager in the MacArthur Justice Center’s office in Washington, joins the firm with more than 10 years of appellate paralegal experience and a demonstrated commitment to criminal justice advocacy.

From 2006 to 2017, Emily was a paralegal with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, and worked in the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice group in Washington, D.C. She also co-founded a grassroots organization in DC dedicated to stopping police abuse of power and worked closely with local activists and advocacy groups to organize events and protests, “know your rights” training sessions, and demonstrations on how to safely and effectively video the police.

In 2006, Emily graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English from Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY.