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

Impeachment Resources

Keep up-to-date with all of ACS’ impeachment resources here.

Membership

Join ACS or renew now and your membership will be current through the end of 2020, a critical year of growth and impact for ACS. Help us invest in ACS chapters, chapter programs, networking, pipeline development, and mentorship work. Thank you for your support!

2019 ACS National Lawyer Convening

Progressive lawyers and advocates from around the country gathered in Atlanta in October for the 2019 ACS National Lawyer Convening. The Convening program centered around the belief that the law can and should be a force to improve the lives of all people and empowered ACS leaders to help lead the charge! From strengthening leadership skills to developing a creative litigation strategy to becoming a judge, attendees heard about tangible ways to further this goal as progressive attorneys and advocates.

Check our convening page for photos and videos from the Convening.

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

January 2020

April Dawson

ACS Faculty Advisor, North Carolina Central University School of Law

I have never regretted my decision to become involved in ACS. Not only have the resources been invaluable, but the people I have met – ACS staffers, other ACS faculty advisors, and ACS lawyer chapter members – have all exhibited genuine warmth and have been supportive and encouraging. And I am honored to be the faculty advisor for the dedicated members of the NCCU Law ACS Student Chapter. The students are committed to doing their part to ensure our society moves towards justice and equality for all. I am impressed with and inspired by them and optimistic about our future because of them.

Read more from April 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.