March 31- April 1, 2017
Duke University School of Law Durham, NC
2017 ACS National Convention June 8-10, 2017
The 2017 National Convention will take place June 8-10 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.
ACS’s National Convention is the premier legal event of the year, attracting nearly 1,000 of the nation’s leading progressive lawyers, scholars, policymakers, judges, and law students. The convention provides a unique opportunity to learn about pressing legal issues from renowned experts while networking with legal leaders from across the country. This year’s convention will include panel discussions on a wide range of timely topics and introduce a new Saturday format focusing on training sessions to help attendees represent communities in need and stand up to the new administration’s attacks on our rights and our system of checks and balances. Please register now and enjoy an early bird discount registration fee.
Convention Student Scholarships
ACS National Writing Competitions
- The 2017 Program Guide on the First Amendment is now available!
- If you haven't already, check out our 2016 Program Guide on Voting Rights and 2015 Program Guide on Constitutional Liberty in the Intimate Sphere.
- Following the protests regarding Michael Brown and Eric Garner in the news? Click here for an update on the 2014 Program Guide on Racial Equality.
- Holding an event on constitutional interpretation? Here is our suggestions for topic ideas.
2017 Next Generation Leader and Board Member Application
Discounted 3L Membership
2016 National Convention: June 9-11, 2016
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Consider holding an ACS event on constitutional interpretation! Here are some suggestions for topic ideas: Keeping Faith with the Constitution, It is a Constitution We Are Expounding, The Framers’ Constitution: Toward a Theory of Principled Constitutionalism, The Constitution in 2020 or Windsor, Shelby County, and the Demise of Originalism: A Personal Account.
The Georgetown University Law Center American Constitution Society Student Chapter has used the 2016-2017 academic year to revitalize its presence on campus. Georgetown's ACS Chapter has sponsored and cosponsored numerous events including:
- Filling the Ninth: A panel discussion moderated by The New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak featuring Caroline Fredrickson, ACS President; Kristine Lucius, former Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary; Shay Dvoretzky, Partner at Jones Day; Ed Whelan, President for the Ethics and Public Policy Center; and Elizabeth B. Wydra, President for the Constitutional Accountability Center. The panel discussed Judge Neil Gorsuch’s background, the nomination and confirmation process, and his potential impact on the Court’s dockets and decisions.
- The Future of Federalism: A live recording of the National Constitution Center's "We the People" podcast moderated by Jeffrey Rosen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, featuring Professor Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law and Professor Peter Edelman of Georgetown University Law Center discussing progressives and their relationship to federalism under the Trump administration.
- Access to the Ballot in 2016: The chapter hosted a panel of voting rights litigators and activists to discuss the current state of voting rights in America.
- A Conversation with Khizr Khan: ACS cosponsored Khizr Khan to speak at Georgetown Law after his electrifying speech at the Democratic National Convention.
- You Have the Right to Remain Innocent: Professor James Duane of Regent University School of Law on why you should never talk to the police.
- Supreme Court Preview: ACS cosponsored and helped host a panel discussion of Georgetown faculty previewing the upcoming cases on the Supreme Court's docket for the October 2016 term.
Georgetown Law's ACS chapter has also hosted happy hours and debate watch parties. Members have also been involved in local protests around the DC area. We are excited about our spring programming and would like to thank ACS National, our Faculty Advisors, Professors Alicia Plerhoples and Lisa Heinzerling, and the broader ACS community for their continued support.