Lawyer Chapters

About

ACS has Lawyer Chapters in nearly 50 cities and active organizing efforts in a number of other locations. A list of all ACS Lawyer Chapters is available here. If you are interested in helping to organize a Lawyer Chapter, please contact us at LCEmails@acslaw.org or 202-393-6181.

Access our member job bank here.

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Programming

2019 ACS National Lawyer Convening

This year’s National Lawyer Convening will be held October 17-19 in Atlanta, GA. Stay tuned for further updates. Click here to access the application for a Public Interest Fellowship to attend.

2019 ACS National Convention

The 2019 ACS National Convention brought together nearly 1,000 lawyers, law students, judges, and policymakers to address some of the most urgent and challenging issues confronting our nation. Speakers included Bryan Stevenson, Hon. Goodwin Liu, Rep. Colin Allred, Rep. Sharice Davids, Rep. Jennifer Wexton, Bob Ferguson, Hon. Anita Earls, and many more.

Panels considered such timely issues from structural reform of the U.S. Supreme Court, to the role of state courts and constitutions in protecting rights and liberties, to the need for comprehensive reform to repair democracy in the post-Trump era. The ACS Arizona Lawyer Chapter received the Chapter of the Year Award. The ACS Bay Area and Madison Lawyer Chapters received Programming Awards.

Check our convention page for photos and videos from the Convention.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

CLE Credits are a great way to attract new members to an ACS Lawyer Chapter event as well as encourage and incentivize programming attendance for busy ACS lawyers. More on how to apply for CLE here.

Program Guide

2019 Program Guide: Progressive Federalism

2018 Program Guide: Safeguarding the Rule of Law

2017 Program Guide: Fighting For Our First Freedoms

2016 Program Guide: Are All Voters Created Equal?

Lawyers in Action

Bay Area Lawyer Chapter

On July 1, the ACS Bay Area Lawyer Chapter hosted its 10th Annual Gala, entitled “Truth in the Trump Era,” and invited speakers and elected officials from across the Bay Area and the state of California to discuss their work combatting the current administration’s attacks on the rule of law.

Following some networking and conversation, attendees heard from several distinguished panelists, including Ann O’Leary, Chief of Staff to California Governor Gavin Newsom; Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary for Environmental Protection at CalEPA; and Julie Su, Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. Carla Marinucci, a Senior Writer for POLITCO California Playbook moderated the discussion. In addition, the Honorable Dennis Herrera, the City Attorney of San Francisco, member of ACS’s National Board of Advisors and the Bay Area Lawyer Chapter Board of Advisors delivered a powerful keynote address.  This year’s Fearless Advocate Award was given to the Honorable Jessica JacksonNational Director and Co-Founder, #cut50, member of ACS’s Bay Area Lawyer Chapter Board of Advisors, and Next Generation Leader (NGL). 

Our thanks to our sponsors for their generous support of the Chapter’s work and to the ACS Bay Area Lawyer Chapter Board of Directors for organizing this incredibly successful event. 

View past Lawyers of ACS events here.

Lawyers of ACS

July 2019

Michael Meuti

Member, ACS Northeast Ohio Chapter Board of Directors

I’ve been hooked for about 18 years now. Since law school, I’ve worked in four cities. In three of them, I’ve served on the local ACS Chapter’s Executive Board. In one, I co-founded a Chapter. Through ACS, I’ve met more fascinating people than I can count—from sitting Senators, judges, and Justices; to leaders in the bars and on the benches in communities where I’ve practiced; to Ricky Jackson and Jarrett Adams, who spent a combined 46 years in prison for crimes that they never committed, but used their years after exoneration to inspire others. ACS has truly opened doors.

Read more from Michael and previous Lawyers of ACS here.

At-Large Chapter

ACS is launch an At-Large Chapter in 2019 with the goals of providing a forum for progressive lawyers in rural and suburban areas that want to make an impact in their local communities and beyond; and serving as an incubator for progressive lawyers in areas where there is no existing infrastructure for a lawyer chapter to establish a stand-alone, sustainable lawyer chapter.

Learn more about the At-Large Chapter here.

Resources

2019 Model Calendar
ACS’s Tax Exemption Federal Letter
Event Checklist
Lawyer Chapter Handbook
Membership Form (One Pager)
Reimbursement Form
Sample Event Sign-in Sheet
Sample Lawyer Chapter Constitution
Social Media Guidelines
Speaker Release Form

Staff

Zinelle October, Vice President of Network Advancement, zoctober@acslaw.org
Meghan Paulas, Senior Director of Chapters, mpaulas@acslaw.org
Peggy Li, Associate Director of Chapters, pli@acslaw.org
Brian William Kaufman, Associate Director of Chapters, bkaufman@acslaw.org
Jordan Blisk, Assistant Director of Chapters, jblisk@acslaw.org
Molly Greene, Assistant Director of Chapters, mgreene@acslaw.org
Michelle Herd, Assistant Director of Chapters, mherd@acslaw.org
Sam Fouad, Assistant Director of Network Communications, sfouad@acslaw.org
Jake Mazeitis, Lawyer Chapters Fellow, jmazeitis@acslaw.org

Who do I contact to:

Get an RSVP list?
Jake Mazeitis
Get an email sent to my list?
Jake Mazeitis
​Change my city/contact information?
Jake Mazeitis
​Request event funding? Get help with programming and/or speaker ideas?
LCEmails@acslaw.org or your National contact
​Get involved with pro bono or volunteer opportunities?
Ashley Erickson
​Seek media advice or guidance?
Sam Fouad
Find my local chapter?
All of our Lawyer Chapters are listed here.