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.
Not yet an ACS student member? Join our network today.
For all student chapter resources, click here.
ACS Next Generation Leader and Board Member Applications
ACS student members have two exciting opportunities to enhance their engagement in ACS’s work: the ACS Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program and a two-year term on the ACS Board of Directors. The NGL program identifies and provides support to recent and forthcoming law school graduates who have demonstrated special leadership in their work with ACS’s student chapters, and who have the interest, skills, and ability to remain vital members of the ACS community. Click here for more information and to download the application form. The submission deadline is Monday, March 11, 2019.
2019 ACS Student Convention
ACS will hold its 7th Annual National Student Convention February 22-23, 2019 at the University of Virginia School of Law. Plan to join ACS and nearly 200 other student leaders in Charlottesville for two days of progressive programming and training. Register here, and check out our Facebook page!
Save the Date: 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.
Convention will be hosted at the Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. Registration and hotel information will be available soon.
Love Our Constitution
ACS’s third annual Love Our Constitution initiative is happening February 10-16, encouraging ACS members to share their love of the U.S. Constitution by leading community discussions focused on the federal judiciary at any time during Valentine’s week. ACS has prepared presentation materials and additional resources for any audience: neighbors, friends, scout troops, community college classes, and more.
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.
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 email@example.com.
ACS’s 2018 Regional Convenings
Over the past weeks, ACS leaders and progressive advocates gathered in New York City at the Northeast Regional Convening, in Ann Arbor at the Midwest Regional Convening, in Austin at the Texas Regional Convening: Getting Radical in the South, and in Los Angeles at the Southwest Regional Convening. Check out highlights for the Midwest Convening at #VotingRightsACS and for the Texas Convening at #GRITS2018! Thank you to the chapters who hosted the convenings and to all of the students who attended.
Student Chapter of the Week
February 18, 2019: Harvard Law School
In the fall semester the Harvard Law ACS Chapter held many events, including a conversation between Dean John F. Manning and United States Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan in August. In September, Professor Michael Klarman gave a talk on “Trump, Democracy, and the Constitution,” highlighting the threats the current administration has made to democracy and the rule of law.
To read more about the Harvard Chapter and previous Chapters of the Week, click here.
Students of ACS
February 18, 2019: Joseph Scherpenberg, University of Kentucky College of Law, ’20
I came to the University of Kentucky College of Law by way of Cincinnati, Ohio, where I spent my entire life before moving to Lexington. I come from a large family, full of union electricians in the IBEW Local 212. From a young age, my parents instilled in me the values that were crucial in a democratic workplace: hard work, equality, and teamwork.
For the rest of Joseph’s post and past Students of ACS, click here.
For all student chapter resources, click here.