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Amir H. Ali, Supreme Court & Appellate Counsel

Amir H. Ali, Supreme Court and Appellate Counsel, litigates important civil rights and criminal justice issues before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appeals courts around the country. He is a Lecturer at Harvard Law School, where he directs an independent criminal justice appellate clinic, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law.

Amir has experience litigating criminal justice issues at all levels. In 2016, for instance, Amir successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in Welch v. United States and obtained a decision that 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 before the lower courts on remand, obtaining multiple victories that led to the permanent reversal of Mr. Brumfield’s death sentence.

In addition to his criminal justice work, Amir has been involved in the challenges to President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Orders restricting the entry to the U.S. of people from several majority-Muslim countries. He has appeared on television and published pieces discussing the legal challenges to the Orders, including in The Guardian and on Take Care Blog.

Amir serves as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee for National Security & Civil Liberties, on the Legal Advisory Council for the Fair Punishment Project, and as a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court. His work has been recognized on a number occasions, including by the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project and by the Financial Times for innovation in the area of social responsibility.

Amir graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Before opening the MacArthur Justice Center’s Washington, D.C. office, he 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.