Anthony G. Amsterdam

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Anthony G. Amsterdam
Born (1935-09-12) September 12, 1935 (age 83)
Alma materPenn Law School (LL.B.)
Haverford College (A.B.)
Lois P. Sheinfeld (m. 1968)
Scientific career
FieldsCivil rights, criminal procedure
InstitutionsNYU School of Law

Anthony Guy Amsterdam (born September 12, 1935) is an American lawyer and professor of law at New York University School of Law. In 1981, Alan Dershowitz called Amsterdam “the most distinguished law professor in the United States.”[1]

Amsterdam grew up in a middle-class neighborhood in West Philadelphia.[2]

Working with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Amsterdam argued and won Furman v. Georgia in 1972, in which the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on the requirement for a degree of consistency in the application of the death penalty. He sits on the board of directors of the Death Penalty Information Center.[3]

Amsterdam was educated at Haverford College and University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He also wrote one of the most influential papers on the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.[4] He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1977.[5]


  1. ^ "'Star' Professor Hired to Teach Law at N.Y.U." New York Times. April 5, 1981.
  2. ^ Labi, Nadya (2007). "A Man Against the Machine". NYU Law Blog.
  3. ^ "Contact DPIC". Death Penalty Information Center. Archived from the original on 20 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-06.
  4. ^ "Perspectives on the Fourth Amendment". Minnesota Law Review. 58: 349. 1974.
  5. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 May 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011.

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