Lawyer Chapters Website


ACS has lawyer chapters in over forty cities and active organizing efforts in a number of other locations.
A list of all lawyer chapters is available here.
October 19-21, 2017

- Get to know leaders from ACS Lawyer Chapters from around the country – including Jerry Buting of Making a Murderer!

- Learn from the attorneys on the front lines of resistance efforts in Wisconsin and across the US

- Earn CLE for enhancing the skills you use as an ACS leader and as an attorney

- Opening reception at Milwaukee City Hall Thursday evening hosted by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

- Dinner at the Milwaukee Public Market Friday evening

- Interactive workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education in Downtown Milwaukee Friday and Saturday

- Fellowships for Public Interest and Government Lawyers Available

- Special Subsidized Registrations for Wisconsin Lawyers Available thanks to the Brico Foundation


Registration will open in July!


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Get an RSVP list?

Get an email sent to my list?

Change my city/contact information?

Request event funding?

I need help with programming and/or speaker ideas. 

How do I find my local chapter? 

  • All of our Lawyer Chapters are listed here


For all CLE information visit here.

Program Guide:

The February Lawyer Chapter event of the month is Love Our Constitution.  So many chapters participated in this nationwide initiative that we can’t limit it to just one event, but here are some of our favorites from across the country: Chicago Lawyer Chapter Board Member Candice Kline and Lydia Lazar hosted a Love Our Constitution discussion at Yarnify! a Chicago store dedicated to knitting and other fiber arts; Bay Area Board Member Palak Sheth hosted the pictured “Post March Salon” on Love Our Constitution in a living room in San Francisco,  and our Colorado Lawyer Chapter and University of Denver student chapter teamed up to hold a Love Our Constitution program at Strum College of Law.  Finally, ACS Director of Strategic Engagement Lena Zwarensteyn recorded a Love Our Constitution presentation on YouTube that can be watched any time.  You can read more about Love Our Constitution (and some other wonderful examples of the programs held by ACS lawyer and law student members) in this article from The Guardian.  Check out photos from these and other Love Our Constitution events in our Facebook photo album.  It’s not too late to participate – we’re encouraging Love Our Constitution events through the end of March.  Just visit the Love Our Constitution site to learn more.  

Our December featured event is actually multiple events; in December alone, lawyer chapters held 9 events on The Gavel Gap, the disparity between the demographics of state court judges and the communities they serve.  Photos of just some of the events are below.  Thank you to all of the chapters that held Gavel Gap programming in December!


North Carolina Lawyer Chapter: The Gavel Gap Year End Cocktail Party

Featuring Representative Chaz Beasley, North Carolina House, Senator Jeff Jackson, North Carolina Senate, Chief District Court Judge Regan Miller, Mecklenburg County, and District Court Judge Becky Tin, Mecklenburg County
Houston Lawyer Chapter: The Gavel Gap Holiday Party
Featuring Harris County District Court Judges, Judge Mike Engelhart, Judge Michael Gomez, Judge Kristen Hawkins, and Judge R.K. Sandill
Chicago Lawyer Chapter: The Gavel Gap Happy Hour
Featuring Judge Rossana Patricia Fernandez, Circuit Court of Cook County

Our November featured event is the Georgia Lawyer Chapter’s annual Legal Legends Awards Reception, which was held in Atlanta on November 16 at the Georgia State Bar Conference Center.  There were many reasons it was a wonderful event, including the great attendance from a wide variety of lawyers and judges, the inspiring and worthy honorees (Emmet J. Bondurant of Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP and Claudia S. Saari, the Circuit Public Defender of Dekalb County), the excellent introductions of each honoree that went beyond reciting bios and instead delved into each honoree’s specific contributions to the legal community, and the fact it was an incredibly successful fundraiser.  The chapter’s leadership – particularly co-chairs Katherine Dunn and Matthew Weiss and event chair Douglas Park – worked together to begin soliciting sponsorships very early, to solicit law firms as well as non-profits and major corporations affiliated with the honorees and/or the Georgia legal community more generally, and did not give up until they surpassed their fundraising goal.  Congratulations to the Georgia Lawyer Chapter on a wonderful event!


During October, we relaunched two lawyer chapters, both of which happen to be in Wisconsin: the Madison Lawyer Chapter held its kick-off on Tuesday, October 11, and the Milwaukee Lawyer Chapter held its kick-off on Thursday, October 20. Throughout the fall season, ACS Lawyer Chapters have been holding excellent programming and events across the country, but we’d like to highlight these two excellent events as our featured events for the Fall Quarter. 

The Madison event was notable not just because of its excellent roster of speakers (though they were great: Madison Lawyer Chapter Chair Jeff Mandell, National Board Member Tim Burns, and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin), or its excellent attendance (a very packed room of 125 Madison area lawyers, students, judges, and policymakers), but because of the way the Chapter reached out to media to publicize the event and the underlying issue it was addressing – judicial nominations.  Before the event, Jeff Mandell, working with ACS communications staff, drafted an op-ed on judicial nominations that was printed by the Wisconsin State Journal the Sunday before the event.  In that way, not only did the chapter increase awareness of the event and of ACS, but more importantly, people from across Wisconsin had the opportunity to learn more about the critical issue of judicial nominations.  (The op-ed is available here.)  The chapter also reached out to local media and invited them to cover the event, and Wisconsin Public Radio was among the outlets that attended and covered it.  (The article, which includes comments Senator Baldwin made outside the context of the event itself, is available here.)  Wisconsin Eye Public Affairs Network also attended and taped the event, enabling those who could not attend to view the program. (The video is available here.)  Finally, after the event, Jeff Mandell wrote a summary of the event for the ACS blog, further expanding the reach of the event.  Congratulations to Jeff Mandell and the rest of the Madison Lawyer Chapter Board on a great relaunch.  We look forward to your upcoming events!    

The Milwaukee Lawyer Chapter announced its return in a big way, holding an excellent and well-attended program on Wisconsin Voting Rights Litigation.  The Milwaukee event featured a panel of practitioners (Joshua KarlMatthew O’Neill, and Karyn Rotker) discussing the major Madison and Milwaukee voting rights cases and issues. The event was moderated by  law professor Ed Fallone of Marquette University Law School.  In addition to featuring the perspectives of practitioners on the ground focused on voting rights work as well as a scholarly perspective, the event featured remarks by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.  Mayor Barrett is intimately familiar with voting rights issues in Wisconsin from the viewpoint of a public official, and his opening comments helped frame the discussion.  In his remarks, Mayor Barrett noted the importance of ACS, stating “I don’t view it as their side and our side.  I view it as their side and the Constitution’s side.”  Milwaukee Chair Craig Mastantuono also spoke at the event and introduced everyone to ACS.  In addition to presenting excellent and timely content, the event was successful because the Lawyer Chapter partnered with the Marquette University Law School Student Chapter.  The Student Chapter arranged the room, handled many of the logistical details, and recruited student attendees.  The Student Chapter was also able to arrange for the event to be taped by Marquette’s staff, making the content available for those who were unable to attend.  (The video is available here.)