2018-2019 LAPA Fellow
Home Institution, Moritz College of Law
LAPA Fellow, 2018-2019
314 Wallace Hall
Amna Akbar studies policing and social movements. Her scholarship explores the intersections of national security and criminal law, and the potential of social movements to transform our thinking about law, law enforcement, and law reform. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in NYU Law Review, UCLA Law Review, UC Irvine Law Review, Michigan State Law Review, NOMOS, Citizenship Studies, the Journal of Legal Education, and The Nation. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review. After law school, she clerked for Judge Gerard E. Lynch in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and worked as a staff attorney at Queens Legal Service Corp., part of Legal Services NYC, in a community-based battered women’s project. She currently serves on the advisory board of Law for Black Lives. At LAPA she will continue her study of contemporary racial justice movements with anti-capitalist commitments. In particular, she will focus on these movements’ analytic frameworks – which forward a critique of the United States rooted in the global history and contemporary realities of people of color, and a radical vision for a new tomorrow – and how they challenge and expand thinking on race, law, and law reform.