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.

Not yet an ACS member? Join our network today, or click here to have your membership auto-renew each year.

Programming

Love our Constitution: February 10-16

Love Our Constitution encourages ACS members to share their love of the U.S. Constitution by leading community discussions focused on the federal judiciary—to neighbords, friends, scout troops, community college classes, and more—at any time during Valentine’s week. Sign up here to host a discussion and find our curriculum and other resources here.

Save the Dates: June 6-8 for the 2019 ACS National Convention

We hope you will join us for the 2019 ACS National Convention from June 6-8 in Washington, DC. Bryan Stevenson will receive the ACS Lifetime Achievement Award and will address convention attendees. Check here for updates on keynote speakers and panel topics and visit the 2018 Convention page to watch keynote and panel highlights.

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

Washington, DC Lawyer Chapter

On January 22, 2019, the Washington, DC Lawyer Chapter, the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC), and the DC Abortion Fund hosted a panel of experts for a discussion entitled “Roe Revisited? The Future of Reproductive Justice.” Recent threats to reproductive health and expert panelists drew a huge crowd with standing-room only. After ACS introductions by Associate Director of Chapters Brian William Kaufman and Washington, DC Lawyer Chapter Board Member Susan Wilker, the evening’s moderator, Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, led the panel through a spirited discussion. The experts explained how Roe v. Wade has become a socio-legal platform for other civil liberties within the reproductive justice space and discussed its future under the new makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court. They outlined existing barriers to accessing quality health care, including abortion care, and emphasized both the intersectionality of reproductive rights and the need to diversify public interest efforts in this space, whether via changes in leadership or an increased focus on community-based action. Our panelists – board-certified obstetrician gynecologist and advocate Sara Imershein, CAC Director of policy Kristine A. Kippins, and DC Abortion Fund Policy Director Jennifer C. Wang – kept the audience’s rapt attention throughout the complex and detailed discussion.

Our thanks to CAC for generously hosting over 100 attendees, to the DC Abortion fund for their successful partnership, and to the Washington, DC Lawyer Chapter Board of Directors for planning and executing an incredibly successful program.

View past events here.

Lawyers of ACS

January 2019

Saraswati Singh

Co-President, Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter

“The Constitution is for all of us. After all, it begins with ‘We the People.’ I am a proud member of the American Constitution Society, working to make sure the Constitution continues to protect our rights and helps us become ‘a more perfect Union.’”

Read more from Saraswati and others 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
Best Practices for Social Media
Event Checklist
Lawyer Chapter Handbook
Membership Form (One Pager)
Reimbursement Form
Sample Event Sign-in Sheet
Sample Lawyer Chapter Constitution
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
Molly Greene, Assistant Director of Chapters, mgreene@acslaw.org
Luke Ihnen, Assistant Director of Chapters, lihnen@acslaw.org
Michelle Herd, Assistant Director of Chapters, mherd@acslaw.org
Sam Fouad, Assistant Director of Network Communications, sfouad@acslaw.org
Kal Golde, Lawyer Chapters Fellow, kgolde@acslaw.org

Who do I contact to:

Get an RSVP list?
Kal Golde
Get an email sent to my list?
Kal Golde
​Change my city/contact information?
Kal Golde
​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.