In our 10+ years of history, ACS has become a powerful institution helping to shape the law. Learn more here about ACS from our president, Caroline Fredrickson. You can also hear what Gov. Deval Patrick, Sen. Tom Daschle, Sen. Al Franken, White House Director of Domestic Policy Melody Barnes, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and others have to say about our great work in this video.
2015 National Convention
ACS invites you to join us for our 2015 National Convention, June 11-13. The ACS National Convention is the premier legal event of the year, drawing more than 1,000 of the nation’s leading progressive judges, scholars, lawyers and policymakers. We hope to see you in June!
For more information on speakers, registration, and the convention schedule, click here.
2015 ACS Student Convention
The American Constitution Society (ACS)’s Third Annual Student Convention was March 6-7, 2015 at the University of Texas School of Law. In light of this year’s convention theme, “Justice in the 21st Century,” speakers discussed progressive family values, women’s health, labor, access to justice, racial justice, immigration, voting and equality in the sphere of public policy and democracy. Austin served as an ideal nexus to shape debate around these timely and important issues, thereby enhancing the progressive vision of justice for all.
ACS-Federalist Society Debate on Hobby Lobby
On Wednesday, March 25th, the National Constitution Center, the American Constitution Society, and the Federalist Society convened the first in a series of constitutional debates to be held across America. In the inaugural debate, Frederick Gedicks of Brigham Young University and Kevin Walsh of the University of Richmond argued for and against the motion: "Hobby Lobby was wrongly decided.” Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderated.
Report: Money Influences State Courts
Skewed Justice—sponsored by ACS and authored by Joanna Shepherd and Michael S. Kang—shows the growing relationship between money and state supreme court decisions on criminal cases..
Explaining Constitutional Interpretation
Keeping Faith with the Constitution is a common-sense approach to constitutional interpretation written by Goodwin Liu, Pamela S. Karlan, and Christopher Schroeder. Its themes continue to frame much of what ACS does across the country, from events to issue briefs and more.
ACS publications and events provide a forum for many of the nation’s best legal minds to articulate a progressive vision of our Constitution and laws. For more on how ACS Shapes Debate, click here.