• 2015 National Convention

    ACS hosted its 2015 National Convention in June, drawing progressive scholars, lawyers, law students and judges from across the country. Featured speakers included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court Goodwin Liu

    Video is available here and YouTube.  

  • 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.

  • 2015 ACS Student Convention

    The American Constitution Society (ACS)’s Third Annual Student Convention was March 6-7, 2015 at the University of Texas School of Law. In light of this year’s convention theme, “Justice in the 21st Century,” speakers discussed progressive family values, women’s health, labor, access to justice, racial justice, immigration, voting and equality in the sphere of public policy and democracy. Austin served as an ideal nexus to shape debate around these timely and important issues, thereby enhancing the progressive vision of justice for all. 

  • 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..

  • 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 2014.

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 & 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

    In the wake of Shelby County v. Holder and in the face of a persistent assault on the right to vote, ACS continues to serve as a voting rights resource. At the 2014 ACS National Convention, Wendy Weiser, Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center, led a conversation on the current state of voting rights. ACS also published an Issue Brief defending the constitutionality of provisions of the Voting Rights Amendment Act, which seeks to reverse some of the damage done by the Shelby.

  • 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 2015

    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 and ACSblog.

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Celebrating the Constitution

See posts from ACSblog's 2015 Constitution Day Symposium; explore resources on the ACS webpage, "Myths and Facts About Courts and the Constitution."

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Read Publications

Skewed Justice, sponsored by ACS and authored by Joanna Shepherd and Michael S. Kang, Professors of Law at Emory University, shows the growing relationship between money and state supreme court decisions on criminal cases.



ACS in the News


  • ACS, the Campaign Legal Center and Georgetown University Law Center’s launch of the Voting Rights Institute was covered by The Hoya, which quoted ACS President Caroline Fredrickson, CLC Executive Director J. Gerald Hebert, Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor and Vice Dean Jane Aiken. ACS Vice President of Communications Jeremy Leaming talked about the VRI on Washington, D.C.’s Fox 5 News.
  • Adam Winkler, a member of the ACS Board of Directors and faculty advisor to the UCLA Law Student Chapter, discussed the way progressives should approach gun control in an interview with the Washington Post. Winkler was also quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

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