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

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.

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

Kentucky Lawyer Chapter

KY Immigration Event

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 in Action events here.

 

Lawyers of ACS

October 2019

Andrew Jacobs

President, ACS Arizona Lawyer Chapter 

ACS is a great group of friends and colleagues.  The Arizona Lawyer Chapter – along with its twin, the ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Student Chapter – is a wonderful group of people.  Coming together from government service, private firms, academia, and the bench, people from their twenties to their eighties meet to discuss shared concerns about the law and the courts, shared experiences, and a shared desire to be that public space in a state that is mistakenly thought of as monolithically not progressive.  Arizona in 2019 is a very vibrant place to be a group of progressive lawyers participating in the growth and change happening in Phoenix and throughout our amazing state.  We have a fun and cohesive group and enjoy each other, our panels, our lunches, and our friendships.  I’m just glad to be a part.

Read more from Andrew and previous Lawyers of ACS here.

At-Large Chapter

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.

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, Interim President, zoctober@acslaw.org
Meghan Paulas, Senior Director of Chapters, mpaulas@acslaw.org
Peggy Li, Associate Director of Chapters, pli@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.