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Announcing the 2014 Progressive Champions
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.
News You Need, Now
LegalEyes is a new ACSblog feature highlighting important news in law and public policy. Every weekday at noon, ACS staff will provide a collection of smart and thought-provoking commentary from leading national journalists, nonprofit advocates, legal scholars and progressive policymakers.You can browse old posts here. Visit ACSblog each day for new resources!
What's New in Judicial Nominations
The Senate filled the nation's longest-running judicial vacancy with the confirmation on John B. Owens to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee considered several more nominees and voted some out of committee. And the Center for American Progress released a new report on the vacancy crisis in Texas.
More on the week's news can be found here.
From 'Papers Please' to DREAM and TRUSTWhy did states and localities pass anti-immigrant laws, and what explains their recent shift to the positive? What are the legal theories and policy arguments being offered to support these efforts?
ACS and the Center for American Progress hosted a panel discussion about the potential of immigration federalism to promote pro-immigrant policies, and what the future of state and local action might be, with or without federal comprehensive reform.
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
Slate's Dahlia Lithwick moderated an ACS panel on the Constitution and privacy in a time of innovation.
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.