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.
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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
The ACS National Convention will be in Washington, DC, June 6-8, 2019. Check out videos from the 2018 convention here.
Constitution in the Classroom (CITC)
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 curricula and additional information here. If you are interested in coordinating this program in your area, please email LCEmails@acslaw.org. Please be sure to write “Constitution in the Classroom” in the subject line.
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.
Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition
Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law
The American Constitution Society is pleased to announce its 12th annual Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law, honoring the late Judge Cudahy’s contribution to the field. The competition is open to practicing lawyers, policymakers, academics, and law students. The judging committee will include judges, leading academics, and practitioners in the field of administrative law. A winner will be selected in both the lawyer and student categories. Each winning author will receive a cash prize of $1,500, as well as special recognition at the 2019 ACS National Convention. The deadline to apply is February 3, 2019. Click here for more details about the 2019 competition.
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
December 10, 2018: Santa Clara University School of Law
This year, Santa Clara Law ushered in a new era with the opening of its brand-new building, Charney Hall, which now houses the entire law school. The Chapter sought to help set the new tone of Santa Clara Law by making a massive push to expand ACS’s influence. The Chapter was able to do this by increasing student outreach and holding a wide variety of events.
To read more about the Santa Clara Chapter and previous Chapters of the Week, click here.
Students of ACS
December 10, 2018: Oday Yousif, California Western School of Law, ’20
Since childhood, I knew I wanted to join the legal profession. I consistently set my sights on the goal of getting to law school and becoming a successful lawyer. I have been privileged enough to know that this was a possibility.
Growing up in an Iraqi-American household at the outset of the Second Gulf War, I became aware of the country’s political climate. Unfortunately, it was the Iraq War that drove my interest to politics, and specifically, progressive politics. Finding the American Constitution Society as a first-year law student was the perfect outlet to satisfy my desire to stay politically engaged during school.
For the rest of Oday’ post and past Students of ACS, click here.
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