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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Save the Date: 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. To help students attend Convention, ACS will award scholarships to selected applicants. Stay tuned for more details on Convention and Convention scholarships.
Save the Date: 2018 ACS National Convention
The ACS National Convention will be in Washington, DC, June 6-8, 2019. Check out videos from the 2018 convention here.
Celebrate Constitution Day!
Constitution Day is Monday, September 17, 2018. Commemorate the document’s birthday by hosting a substantive event on the Supreme Court Nomination (See our SCOTUS Vacancy Toolkit here), the first amendment, voting rights, or on topics from ACS publications like Keeping Faith with the Constitution and It is a Constitution We are Expounding. Also, consider hosting a judge for your event. Check out our resources here for ideas. Lastly, review ACS’s 2017-2018 Supreme Court Review here.
Constitution in the Classroom (CITC)
Constitution Day is coming up 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 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.
Fall Membership Competition
ACS is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Student Membership Contest to see which ACS chapter can make the biggest gains in National Membership. ACS will award a total of two full student convention scholarships to the chapters that sign up the most new members by Friday, November 2: one award based on percentage of membership increase and one award based on raw number of new members and renewals. Each awardee chapter will receive one full student convention scholarship. For assistance in building your membership base, reach out to your ACS National Contact. Remember, all Executive Board members should be National Members.
ACS Rule of Law Strategy Competition
ACS is proud to announce the 2018 Rule of Law Strategy Competition! This competition offers $25,000 in top prizes to law students who present compelling legal ways to prevent a president from using his office for personal enrichment. Submissions are due Sept. 28. Find contest details at acslaw.org/rolstrategycompetition. Please share this information widely. Retweet ACS and use our social media toolkit to promote the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Chapter of the Week
March 19, 2018: University of Illinois College of Law
The University of Illinois ACS Student Chapter has had a very busy year! The Illinois chapter is extremely excited and proud of their meaningful events and are looking forward to hosting many more important events in the future.
To read more about the Illinois Chapter and previous Chapters of the Week, click here.
Students of ACS
March 19: Ashley J. Lawrence, Howard University School of Law ’18
In pursuing a career in public interest, I am constantly reminded of my favorite quote: “Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in” which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke during the Youth March for Integrated Schools in 1959. For me, the journey through law school has been an arduous one, filled with many tears, stress, and bouts of sickness. My membership within ACS and my decision to attend Howard University School of Law have been sources of strength during my lowest moments.
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