Message from ACS Board Chair Peter Karanjia
Dear ACS Friends and Allies,
Thank you all for your crucial support of ACS at this pivotal moment. At a time when our democracy is under attack and long-cherished rights appear to be up for grabs, ACS’s role has never been more important. Our successes this year are a credit to the steadfast commitment of our members, our lawyer and student chapters, and our nationwide network.
Amidst the lowest moments of the past year – including witnessing efforts to subvert our elections and the rule of law – we have much to celebrate, including the historic confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. Time and again, ACS rose to the occasion, including:
- Expanding our Path to the Bench Initiative (with more working groups in more states), helping President Biden achieve his historic success in diversifying the federal bench, and broadening our focus to include state courts.
- Protecting voting rights, including recruiting poll workers and launching a unique campaign focused on urging voters to “vote their full ballot,” including down-ballot races that are instrumental in safeguarding our democracy.
- Convening state attorneys general, law students, and practicing lawyers, to drive concrete legal reform, from responses to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health to criminal justice reform.
- Hosting webinars offering practical professional development guidance to our student and lawyer members, including on clerkships and “How to Become a Judge.”
- Reconvening in person for our 2022 National Convention, after two years of virtual conventions, with one notable highlight – among many – being Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s inspiring remarks.
My sincerest thanks for all your support of ACS. This critical support enables the organization to continue to serve as a thought leader, build a broad and diverse network committed to upholding the promise of our Constitution, and defend our democracy, the rule of law, and our fundamental rights for years to come.
ACS Board Chair