ACS is proud to host a conversation between U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and longtime civil rights attorney and leader Theodore M. Shaw at the 2014 ACS National Convention. Justice Sotomayor and Professor Shaw, classmates at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, will reflect on their personal journeys through tumultuous times and how they overcame obstacles to reach the very top of their respective careers.
Sotomayor and Shaw in Conversation
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.
What's New in Judicial Nominations
The Senate confirmed four district judges. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on four nominees and reported six nominees out of committee. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed cloture on four nominees. And debate continued over controversial nominees to the Georgia courts.
More on the week's news can be found here.
Reproductive Rights and Women's Health
Recent years have witnessed the passage of an unprecedented number of state laws that seek to restrict reproductive choice. ACS hosted a panel discussion addressing the proliferation of state laws restricting reproductive rights and the legal and policy responses in courts and legislatures.
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) also delivered featured remarks on the Women's Health Protection Act.
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.