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.
2019 ACS National Convention
We hope you will join us for the 2019 ACS National Convention from June 6-8, 2019 in Washington, DC. 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 is open now. The scholarship application for law students is available here – the deadline to apply for a scholarship is April 30.
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 Next Generation Leaders
Congratulations to our 2019 Next Generation Leaders! Check out our leaders here.
2019 ACS Student Convention
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.
ACS’s 2018 Regional Convenings
Last year, 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
April 22, 2019: Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
To read more about the LSU Chapter and previous Chapters of the Week, click here.
Students of ACS
April 22, 2019: James Mayer, New York University School of Law, ’19
Prior to law school, I served as head of communications for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, where I worked with marginalized groups to amplify their voices in order to support cultural sustainability. I collaborated with curators, community leaders, and tradition-bearers to share stories with the public. Practicing community-based advocacy at the Smithsonian inspired me to go to law school to better understand how law and policy impacts cultural heritage.
For the rest of James’s post and past Students of ACS, click here.
For all student chapter resources, click here.