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  • 2014 National Convention

    At this year’s convention, we hosted a conversation between U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and longtime civil rights attorney and leader Theodore M. Shaw.

    Make sure to check out the video here.

    ACS would like to recognize and congratulate this year’s ACS Student Chapters award recipients! Click here for more.

  • 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.

  • The Past, Present & Future of the Second Amendment

    The 2014 Second Amendment Symposium focused on the impact of Heller and McDonald on the current state of gun control laws in the United States. Did the Supreme Court get it right in Heller? And what do these cases mean for the future of gun violence prevention? Experts discussed these questions in featured blog post. Panel discussions at the symposium considered what the Second Amendment meant to the framers and what it means today. 

  • The State of LGBT Equality

    What is the impact of Windsor on the current state of the LGBT rights movement, and what legal principles provide for expanding equality? What does the failure to pass LGBT anti-discrimination laws reveal about equality fifty years after the passage of Title VII? Are religious exemptions the next great struggle for these equality battles in the courts and legislatures? And what is the overall state of the LGBT legal rights movement? Experts discuss.

  • Report: Money Influences State Courts

    Justice at Risk—commissioned by ACS and authored by Joanna Shepherd, Professor of Law at Emory University—shows the growing relationship between money and our state courts.

    Watch Justice at Stake's Bert Brandenburg, the Brennan Center's Alicia Bannon, and ACS's own David Lyle discuss the report.

  • National Security and Personal Privacy

    Geoffrey R. Stone, an ACS Faculty Advisor at the University of Chicago, wrote a series for The Huffington Post on surveillance.

    Slate's Dahlia Lithwick moderated an ACS panel on the Constitution and privacy in a time of innovation.

    At the 2013 ACS National Convention, ACS Board Member Dawn Johnsen moderated a panel on exeutive power and national security.

  • 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, browse our ACSblog symposium in honor of Constitution Day 2013.

Shaping Debate

  • Celebrating Leadership Across the Country

    In spring, the Columbus Lawyer Chapter hosted its Annual Reception. Featured here are Board of Advisors member Sally Bloomfield (Bricker Eckler), Robert M. Duncan Progressive Service Awardee Sharon Davies (Ohio State University Moritz College of Law), and Distinguished Service Awardee Kathleen Trafford (Porter Wright).

  • ACS Network Tackles Important Issues

    Across the country, ACS law students, lawyers, judges and policymakers are coming together to discuss the pressing challenges facing our nation. Events have focused on voting rights and Shelby County v. Holder; on legislative prayer and Town of Greece v. Galloway; on indigent defense and Gideon v. Wainright; and much more.

  • 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

    As the U.S. Supreme Court uses Shelby County v. Holder (2013) to gut the Voting Rights Act, ACS will continue to serve as a resource on the issue of voting rights—one of the most fundamental rights that every American possesses.

    At the 2013 ACS National Convention, ACS Board Member Linda Greenhouse lead a conversation on voting rights. Watch here.

  • Addressing the Indigent Defense Crisis

    To address persistent failures to fulfill the promise of Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), ACS has launched an initiative to strengthen the federal role in improving the indigent defense system. Clarence Earl Gideon, pictured left, took his case to the Supreme Court.

  • 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 2014

    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.

  • You Shared Your Stories, and People Noticed

    Your positive reviews at GreatNonprofits have made ACS a 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit!  Thank you for helping us share our work with new supporters, and please continue sharing your feedback and ACS stories with us.

Making a Difference

Now at ACS

In ACS's new Issue Brief "Deconstructing the Right to Counsel," Professor Lauren Sudeall Lucas provides common-sense ideas for re-thinking how the legal profession can better serve low-income Americans.

Press release available here

Read Publications

Justice at Risk, commissioned by ACS and authored by Joanna Shepherd, Professor of Law at Emory University, analyzes data from all 50 states in 2010-12 and shows the growing relationship between money and judicial rulings in business-related cases.

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How Fair Courts Can Prevent More Debacles Like Oklahoma's

Register now for a call on May 7.

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Judicial Nominations

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

Read the Constitution

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"ACS Law Talk" Podcast Series

In each episode, we talk to scholars, policymakers, and legal experts about current topics, cases, and debates. Listen to the podcasts here.