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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.
Blocked Nominees Lead to New Rules
It was a busy November for Senate obstructionists, as three nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit were blocked by failed cloture votes. ACS President Caroline Fredrickson was featured on the PBS NewsHour and MSNBC's The Cycle to discuss the judicial nominations crisis. Read ACSblog's analysis of the crisis here and here, and learn more about the filibuster rules change here.
The Constitution and Privacy in a Time of Innovation
Must our understanding of the Constitution and privacy evolve with new technology? Stephen Vladeck of American University, Chris Calabrese of the ACLU, James Grimmelman of the University of Maryland, and Orin Kerr of The George Washington University examined the issues on a panel moderated by Dahlia Lithwick of Slate. Watch here.
Contributions Influence State Courts, Report Shows
Justice at Risk by Joanna Shepherd, law professor at Emory University, and commissioned by ACS, analyzes data from all 50 states over 2010-12 and shows the growing relationship between money and how state supreme court justices rule in business-related matters.
Court Says Mandate Violates First Amendment
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the contraception coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion. You can read exclusive ACS analysis from Caroline Mala Corbin, Leslie C. Griffin and Frederick Mark Gedicks.
The Value of a Vote
Over the last decade the Supreme Court has increasingly weighed in on issues affecting the integrity of the political process. What is the future for voter political participation? Panelists at the 2013 ACS National Convention, including ACS Board Members Pamela S. Karlan and Linda Greenhouse, explored such questions in a thought provoking discussion about the vitality of our democracy and the civic participation on which it relies. Watch here.
Executive Power and National Security
At the 2013 ACS National Convention, a panel led by ACS Board Member Dawn Johnsen examined how the Constitution relates to national security. How have the Bush and Obama administrations differed in their interpretation of executive power? What is the progressive vision for national security policy, and how might that comport with and differ from current policies? Watch here.
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 originally published the book in 2009; Oxford University Press released an updated version in 2010.
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.