ACS Book Club

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ACS Book Talk

The Constitution in Jeopardy

Jan 26, 2023
Join the American Constitution Society for a conversation featuring ACS President Russ Feingold discussing his book, The Constitution in Jeopardy, with Wilfred Codrington III, Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School.

Reading List

The ACS Book Club Reading List is here!

ACS is delighted to announce the three, outstanding books being featured as part of the ACS Book Club. Please stay tuned for information regarding upcoming Book Talks with each of our authors.

Dollars for Life: The Antiabortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment

In her new book, Dollars for Life, legal historian and Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law at U.C. Davis School of Law Mary Zeigler offers a surprising view of the slow drift to extremes in American politics—and explains how it had everything to do with the strange intersection of right-to-life politics and campaign spending.

No More Police: A Case for Abolition

Authors Mariame Kaba and Andrea J. Ritchie detail why policing doesn’t stop violence, instead perpetuating widespread harm; outline the many failures of contemporary police reforms; and explore demands to defund police, divest from policing, and invest in community resources to create greater safety through a Black feminist lens. Centering survivors of state, interpersonal, and community-based violence, and highlighting uprisings, campaigns, and community-based projects, No More Police makes a compelling case for a world where the tools required to prevent, interrupt, and transform violence in all its forms are abundant.

The Constitution in Jeopardy: An Unprecedented Effort to Rewrite Our Fundamental Law and What We Can Do About It

In The Constitution in Jeopardy, ACS President Russ Feingold and legal scholar Peter Prindiville distill extensive legal and historical research and examine the grave risks inherent in a fringe plan to call the nation’s first ever convention under the Constitution’s amendment mechanism. The authors detail how this effort has inched through statehouses over the past two decades. If realized, the plan would allow convention delegates nearly unlimited authority to draft alterations to anything from voting and free speech rights to regulatory and foreign policy powers.


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!

Nominate a book for the ACS Book Club’s quarterly reading list! The ACS Book Club 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.

  • 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.