ACS

  • Support ACS

    It's the holiday season, and an ACS membership is a gift that keeps on giving!  Dues-paying members receive access to our online jobs bank, the weekly e-bulletin, and subscriptions to the Harvard Law & Policy Review and Advance. All end of year gifts count toward 2015 membership, so join or renew today!

    Looking for additional ways to give back to the ACS network?  There are many ways to support ACS and our mission to promote law as a force for improving the lives of all people.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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

    The Boston Lawyer Chapter celebrated its Seventh Annual successful Constitution Day, featuring remarks by Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall and bestowing an award on Governor Deval Patrick in her name. The audience included 100 guests, including almost every member of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts as well as many other notable leaders in the community.

  • 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 2014 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

Alabama Redistricting Cases Briefing

ACS hosted a Nov. 10 panel of experts to examine upcoming SCOTUS Alabama Redistricting cases, at OSF offices in D.C.

    

Watch video of event 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.

ACS in the News

  • ACS Board of Directors member Linda Greenhouse discusses the Halbig case in an op-ed for The New York Times.
  • ACS Bay Area Lawyer Chapter Board of Advisors member John Burris spoke about the Michael Brown case on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton.
  • ACS Board of Directors member Elizabeth J. Cabraser was named co-lead counsel in the litigation against General Motors for their faulty ignition switch, which led to a massive recall.

 

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Judicial Nominations

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

Read the Constitution

Click to view the U.S. Constitution and read our founding document.

"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.