The ACS Summer Reading List

Recommendations from the ACS Network

Nominate a book for our quarterly reading list! The ACS Reading List is an opportunity to promote the work of ACS members. Each quarter ACS will highlight up to four new books written by members of the ACS network through promotion on our website, in our Weekly Bulletin, and on social media. If you, someone you know, or someone you admire in the ACS network has recently published a book, this is your chance to lift up that work.

Upcoming Book Talks

Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality, Tomiko Brown-Nagin – Books Talk on Thursday, June 9, 2022, 1 – 2pm ET

Manifesting Justice: Wrongly Convicted Women Reclaim Their Rights, Valena Beety – Book Talk on Monday, June 13, 2022, Time TBD

Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution, Elie Mystal – Book Talk on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, Time TBD

Book Talk times and registration coming soon!


ACS and the ACS Reading List seek to spotlight the impressive breadth of knowledge and experience in our network with a particular focus on lifting up voices and perspectives that have traditionally or historically been marginalized in legal and policy discussions.

The following considerations will guide the selection of books for the ACS Reading List:

  • The book was published within six months of its nomination.
  • The book provides a legal or policy perspective on an issue relevant to ACS’s work and can be either non-fiction or fiction.
  • The author is an ACS member or otherwise has strong ties to ACS. Not yet a member? Become one today!
  • The author reflects the diversity of ACS membership and the larger legal community, with particular attention paid to authors from historically marginalized communities, such as authors who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, system impacted, first generation citizen or lawyers, the economically insecure, etc.
  • The author reflects professional and experiential diversity, e.g., academics, advocates, practitioners, government service, etc.

Nominate a Book!

  • Please provide a short, one to two sentence summary of the book.
  • Please provide a short, two to three sentence explanation of how the book’s subject relates to ACS’s work and why it should be chosen.