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Amir H. Ali is Supreme Court and Appellate Counsel at the MacArthur Justice Center and oversees the organization’s Washington, D.C. office. He litigates important civil rights and criminal justice issues before the U.S. Supreme Court and other appeals courts around the country. He is also 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 and arguing cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state supreme courts. In 2016, Amir successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in Welch v. United States, obtaining a decision that provided hundreds of people across the country with relief from unconstitutionally-imposed mandatory minimum sentences. 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 of people from several majority-Muslim countries. Amir 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. Before joining MJC, 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. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.