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  • Partisan Justice

    A new study by independent researchers at Emory Law School finds that the upward spiral of big money fundraising and aggressive politics in state judicial elections pressures judges to become partisan actors who favor their own party in deciding election disputes.

    Read Partisan Justice in its entirety here.

  • Supreme Court Vacancy 2016

    President Obama has nominated Merrick B. Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read ACS President Caroline Fredrickson's response
     
    It is the constitutional duty of the Senate to now give the nominee fair consideration. To learn more about obstruction of the Supreme Court confirmation process, visit ACS's webpage, Justice in the Balance.
  • Welcome to ACS

    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.

  • Ensure Your ACS Membership

    ACS’s mission has never been more important, and we cannot take on all the work required of us without you. Become a member of ACS or renew your membership for 2016 today! You will receive exclusive member benefits including updates on our work through our weekly e-bulletin, access to job postings, and special invitations to in-person and online activities.

    Donate here

  • Read ACSblog

    The nation's top legal minds offer their perspective and commentary on the most pressing constitutional issues facing the nation and our political and justice systems. Read ACSblog today and check back frequently for up-to-date information.  

  • Donate Monthly to ACS!

    Our monthly donors provide us with the steady and reliable support we need to take on all the work required of us. By becoming a monthly donor today, you will receive ACS’s exclusive member benefits; enjoy an easy and environmentally friendly way to donate; and avoid annual renewal reminders.

  • Report: Money Influences State Courts

    Skewed Justice—sponsored by ACS and authored by Joanna Shepherd and Michael S. Kangshows 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.

    For more reading, see posts from ACSblog's 2015 Constitution Day symposium and our webpage, "Myths and Facts About Courts and the Constiution."

Shaping Debate

  • ACS Champions

    Over the past 15 years, our network of champions has been instrumental in ensuring that the law remains a force to improve the lives of all people. In honor of the 15th anniversary of our founding, we will be highlighting our ACS Champions in the weeks leading up to the 2016 ACS National Convention.

    This week’s champion is the Honorable Stephen Bright. For more information about Bright, read here

  • Calls for Senators to ‘#DoYourJob’ at ACS Event

    At a recent Baylor Law School ACS Student Chapter event about the Senate’s failure to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, Baylor University President Ken Starr, former D.C. Circuit judge and solicitor general, urged the Senate to act, saying “I think good government calls for us to have a hearing and vote up or down.” The event inspired a powerful op-ed decrying Senate obstructionism in the Waco Tribune-Herald.

  • ACS & Partners Promote Booklet on Becoming a Federal Judge

    In an effort to illuminate the federal judicial selection process, ACS has partnered with the HNBA, Justice at Stake, NAPABA, NAWJ, NBA, NCAI and the National LGBT Bar to produce and promote The Path To The Federal Bench.

Building Networks

  • Thank You to Our Supporters

    We would like to say thank you to the ACS supporters who have demonstrated their commitment to protecting our constitutional values with a gift!

    Your support enables us to produce the programming, publications and activities that help us make a difference on so many important issues.

  • Protect Your Voting Rights

    In the wake of Shelby County v. Holder and in the face of a persistent assault on the right to vote, ACS continues to serve as a voting rights resource. At the 2014 ACS National Convention, Wendy Weiser, Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center, led a conversation on the current state of voting rights. ACS also published an Issue Brief defending the constitutionality of provisions of the Voting Rights Amendment Act, which seeks to reverse some of the damage done by the Shelby.

  • Educating the Next Generation

    Our national civics program, Constitution in the Classroom, brings ACS members into primary and secondary classrooms across the country to raise awareness of fundamental constitutional principles. Our members have helped educate thousands of students on vital issues of the day.

  • Watching Judicial Nominations in 2016

    How will Congress handle the confirmation of judges to the federal bench where vacancies are already high? Stay up-to-date with statistics, analysis and coverage of congressional action at JudicialNominations.org and ACSblog.

Making a Difference

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What is the Gavel Gap?

For the first time, researchers have gathered data on the race and gender demographics of state court judges in all 50 states. The numbers are troubling. To learn more, visit www.gavelgap.org.

 

Read Publications

 

  • A new ACS Issue Brief by Professor Margo Schlanger of the University of Michigan Law School argues that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides a promising avenue for challenging solitary confinement when used for individuals with mental disabilities.

  • Skewed Justice, sponsored by ACS and authored by Joanna Shepherd and Michael S. Kang, Professors of Law at Emory University, shows the growing relationship between money and state supreme court decisions on criminal cases.

 

 

ACS in the News

  • ACS Board member Adam Winkler wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post titled, “The right to bear arms has mostly been for white people.”

 

  • ACS Board member Erwin Chemerinsky, Board of Academic Advisors member Mark Tushnet and ACS contributor Steve Sanders are quoted in a Washington Post article on the political involvement of Supreme Court justices.

 

  • Gregory P. Magarian, co-faculty advisor of the ACS Student Chapter at Washington University School of Law, wrote an op-ed published in the Columbia Daily Tribune titled, “Senate puts politics above Constitution.”

 

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Judicial Nominations

The latest developments on nominees, delays, and the continuing vacancy crisis.

Read the Constitution

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