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.
2019 ACS National Lawyer Convening
Join us from October 17-19 at the 2019 ACS National Lawyer Convening in Atlanta, GA to celebrate our progressive legal community and empower attendees to be progressive champions and partners in their communities. You can find a full list of confirmed speakers and a draft schedule here. Register today!
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 (Cal.), Rep. Colin Allred, Rep. Sharice Davids, Rep. Jennifer Wexton, Bob Ferguson, Hon. Anita Earls (N.C.), 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.
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
Kentucky Lawyer Chapter
On August 21, the ACS Kentucky Lawyer Chapter, in partnership with the Louisville Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State and the ACLU of Kentucky, hosted a discussion at Monnik Beer Company about the role of religion in public schools, a conversation inspired by a recent state law mandating the placement of “In God We Trust” in all Kentucky public schools. The panelists included Jason Crosby, a legal fellow at the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Heather Gatnarek, a staff attorney at the ACLU of Kentucky, and Colin McNamara, a minister at Crescent Hill Baptist Church.
The panelists talked about a wide number of topics, including the acceptability of starting board meetings, athletic events, graduations, etc. with prayer, the limits of publicly-funded bible literacy classes, and the legality of choirs and bands at public schools performing religious songs. Members of the 60+ person audience also contributed to the dialogue, asking questions of the panelists and offering their own insights and experiences.
Our thanks to ACS Kentucky Lawyer Chapter Co-Chair Kate Crosby, our exceptional panelists, and the ACS Kentucky Lawyer Chapter Board of Directors for organizing such a successful and timely event!
View past Lawyers of ACS events here.
Lawyers of ACS
As a lawyer and social justice advocate, ACS continues to be an indispensable professional resource. The materials ACS produces make me a stronger advocate. The support I continue to receive from my ACS mentors and colleagues inspires me to advance progressive values in innovative ways. As I start to mentor the next generation of young, progressive lawyers, I do so knowing that I have a truly exceptional ACS community behind me, ready to extend a hand and ensure that we all achieve.
Read more from Ashland and previous Lawyers of ACS here.
ACS is launching 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.
2019 Model Calendar
ACS’s Tax Exemption Federal Letter
Lawyer Chapter Handbook
Membership Form (One Pager)
Sample Event Sign-in Sheet
Sample Lawyer Chapter Constitution
Social Media Guidelines
Speaker Release Form
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Jordan Blisk, Assistant Director of Chapters, firstname.lastname@example.org
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