The American Constitution Society is the nation’s leading progressive legal organization, with approximately 200 student and lawyer chapters in almost every state and on most law school campuses. A list of all student chapters is available here. Our chapters hold over 1,400 public programs across the country each year, including debates, conferences, press briefings and networking opportunities. ACS works for positive change by shaping debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislature and the media. ACS has built a national network of progressive law students, lawyers, judges, policy experts, legislators and academics committed to justice.
ACS also works to cultivate the next generation of progressive leaders. We use our extensive national network to assist our members with career development, mentorship and job assistance. Our members get access to job banks, special conference calls, and the opportunity to network with progressive leaders throughout the country.
Access Members Job Bank here.
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ACS Next Generation Leaders
ACS is currently accepting applications for 2020 Next Generation Leaders! The submission deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020. Click here for more information and to download the application form. Congratulations to our 2019 Next Generation Leaders! Check out our leaders here.
Save the Dates: 2020 ACS Student Convention
ACS will be holding its 8th Annual Student Convention at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 27-28, 2020. Follow all the details here.
Scholarship applications are currently closed.
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ACS held its 7th Annual National Student Convention February 22-23, 2019. 170 students from 20 states and Washington, D.C., came together at the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia for two days of progressive programming and training. Check out our recap blog here. To see pictures and view the full program, visit the Convention webpage.
Fall Membership Competition
ACS is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Student Membership Contest winners are:
- Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
- University of Chicago Law School
Congratulations Student Chapters!
ACS’s 2019 Regional Convening
ACS leaders and progressive advocates gathered at Regional Convenings throughout the country last year.
- Thank you to our University of Denver Sturm College of Law Student Chapter and the Colorado Lawyer Chapter for hosting the Western Regional Convening on October 25-26, 2019.
- Thank you to our Marquette University Law School Chapter and Milwaukee Lawyer Chapter for their work organizing the Midwest Regional Convening on Sep 5-6.
- Thank you to our North Carolina Central University School of Law Student Chapter and the ACS North Carolina Lawyer Chapter for hosting the Southeast Regional Convening on September 27, 2019.
- Thank you to our New York Law School Student Chapter and the ACS New York Lawyer Chapter for hosting the Northeast Regional Convening on October 4, 2019.
You can view highlights from the Northeast, Western, Southeast, and Midwest Regional Convenings on social media at @acslaw and @ACSStudents.
ACS Volunteer Opportunities
Through our volunteer efforts, ACS connects lawyers and law students across the country to opportunities tailored to their interests, skills, and schedule. We are constantly looking for volunteers for ongoing research and pro bono projects. Information on some of our current projects can be found here. They include ACS’s Voter Pre-Registration Initiative, ACS’s Notice and Comment Project, ACS’s Presidential Nominee Vetting Project, and many more! Please sign up on our volunteer survey or email us at LCEmails@acslaw.org if you’d like to help or if you know of any volunteer opportunities or trainings where our members could be helpful.
Join Constitution in the Classroom!
Constitution Day is on September 17! Our Constitution in the Classroom program provides an opportunity for lawyers and law students to teach lessons based on the United States Constitution in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the country. Participating is a great way to increase constitutional literacy in schools and excite young minds about the Constitution. Check out the 2019 Voting Rights lessons and additional information here. If you are interested in participating, please email LCEmails@acslaw.org.
ACS’s State Attorneys General Project
Through ACS’s network of students, lawyers, academics and allies, the State Attorneys General Project (AG Project) develops and disseminates legal resources and hosts programming and events examining the actions of state attorneys general and the emerging legal and policy issues they face. As states’ chief legal officers, state attorneys general are, first and foremost, law enforcement officials sworn to uphold the U.S. and state constitutions, and to enforce federal and state laws. The heart of a state attorney general’s mission is to serve the public interest. With broad jurisdiction and independence to act, state attorneys general play a crucial role in upholding the rule of law and protecting the rights, health and safety of their states’ residents. By supporting the efforts of state attorneys general at this critical hour in our nation’s history, the AG Project is an extension of ACS’s efforts to ensure that the law is a force to improve the lives of all people. If your chapter is interested in planning an event involving the state AG office and would like our guidance, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 ACS National Convention
ACS held its 2019 National Convention June 6-8 in Washington, DC. Attorneys, law students, policymakers, and advocates from across the nation came together to discuss complex legal issues facing the United States today. Law students from 45 states and Washington, DC attended, and participated in discussions about structural reform of the U.S. Supreme Court, progressive federalism, the impact of prosecutors on the criminal justice system, and more.
Convention speakers included Bryan Stevenson, Hon. Goodwin Liu, Rep. Colin Allred, Rep. Sharice Davids, Michele Goodwin, Hon. Anita Earls, and many more.
Check our convention page for photos and videos from the Convention.
Student Chapter of the Week
Our student chapters work hard to bring progressive programming on timely legal topics to campuses across the country. The ACS Chapters Team recognizes a different student chapter for its efforts each week during the academic year. Read about our previous Chapters of the Week here.
Yale Law School ACS Student Chapter
The Yale Law School ACS Chapter is busy preparing for its upcoming conference, Reviving Democratic Constitutionalism, on March 20-21 in New Haven. In coordination with the ACS Board of Academic Advisors, the Yale Chapter will host progressive leaders from Congress, leading public interest organizations, and academia to discuss how to strengthen American democracy and renew citizen engagement in defining our constitutional order. Speakers will include Rep. David Cicilline (RI), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT), former Senator Russ Feingold (WI), Professor Pam Karlan (Stanford Law School), Lourdes Rivera (Center for Reproductive Rights), and Brian Fallon (Demand Justice). The Chapter is deeply grateful for the support of ACS National in this effort.
So far this year, the Chapter has hosted many great events, often with the support of other student organizations, including:
- Visits by Judge Pamela Chen (E.D.N.Y.), Judge Pamela Harris (4th Cir.), Judge Nina Pillard (D.C. Cir.), and Judge Carlton Reeves (S.D. Miss.).
- An event with former U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.
- An event on state-led efforts to defend the rule of law with New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.
- A conversation on gun safety advocacy with litigators from Everytown for Gun Safety.
- A discussion about defending liberty in the Trump era with David Cole, National Legal Director of the ACLU.
- An event remembering Justice Stevens with three of his former law clerks: Deborah Pearlstein, David Pozen, and Kate Shaw.
- A discussion on democracy reform with Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice.
- A conversation with FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter on progressive careers in government in politics.
- A visit by Ganesh Sitaraman, professor at Vanderbilt Law School and adviser to Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
The Chapter would like to thank its Faculty Advisor, Professor Reva Siegel, for her guidance and support throughout the year, especially with respect to the forthcoming conference.
Students of ACS
ACS wouldn’t be ACS without its amazing network of law students that inspire us every day. Each week of the academic year, ACS features a blurb from a student chapter member about their work with ACS, what led them to law school, what motivates them, and more.
Delino Miller, Florida A&M University College of Law, ’21
I was born in Augusta, Georgia and raised in Sandersville, Georgia with my mother, my little brother, and my grandparents. Early on, I observed the negative effects of drug and alcohol abuse in my community. As a result, I knew I didn’t want to end up like those individuals who I felt were struggling mentally, spiritually, or emotionally. Despite not having many positive role models to emulate, I had a lot of examples of what not to imitate, which deterred me from drugs and alcohol. I knew I wanted to be healthier, help others, and be the good role model for others that I did not have.
Consequently, I aspired to go to college to gain more knowledge and remove myself from my negative environment. I attended Augusta University, and became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, a historically black community-oriented fraternity, because of the organization’s involvement and positive impact in the community. Joining Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated assisted me in my goal to become a better role model, especially for other black men. At Augusta University, I worked in the university cafeteria, and as a student assistant and as a resident assistant in order to financially support myself through school. I majored in biology with dreams of becoming a pharmacist. I was told this was a great field to go into if I wanted to help others and be financially stable. After a few science-related classes, however, I realized I lacked interest in science-related subjects. I made the decision to switch my anatomy class for my first criminal law class and I fell in love with the law. I changed my major to criminal justice.
After graduating from Augusta University, I worked at the Augusta Public Defender’s Office as an administrative assistant. After my experience with the Public Defender’s Office, I decided to apply for law school. I haven’t regretted that decision since.
I am currently in my second year of law school at Florida A&M University College of Law. I am currently the Treasurer of the American Constitution Society and the Vice President and Treasurer of Black Law Student Association. I also serve as the Secretary of Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Society and a BARBRI Representative. I strive to be a better person every day. Upon graduating, I aspire to get my LLM in Tax Law.
Read about past Students of ACS here.
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