Student Chapter of the Week
Throughout the academic year, the ACS Student Chapters Department honors a Student Chapter of the Week. The chapter is featured on the ACS website, in the ACS weekly bulletin, and in the ACS Student Chapters weekly announcement. The selected chapters are ones that have held exceptional programming, have aligned themselves with the priorities of the national office or have established themselves as a premier student group on campus.
Vanderbilt University Law School ACS Student Chapter
The Vanderbilt University Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society is in the middle of a semester full of engaging programming. On October 1, the chapter hosted Professor Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School and Vanderbilt Professors Suzanna Sherry and Ganesh Sitaraman on a panel entitled Depoliticizing SCOTUS. Each panelist shared recommendations for maintaining the independence of the judicial branch. The lunchtime event nearly filled Vanderbilt’s Flynn Auditorium.
Supplementary to the October 1 panel, the Vanderbilt Chapter has several events planned for the fall semester. These events include bringing two federal district court judges to campus to speak to students and co-sponsoring an event during which Professor Sitaraman will share policy proposals from his new book, The Public Option.
In addition to bringing speakers to campus, the Vanderbilt Chapter hosted two mixers this fall. These mixers provided 1Ls the opportunity to meet with current chapter members to discuss the transition to law school and programming ideas for the spring semester.
The Vanderbilt Chapter is grateful for the resources provided by ACS national and the support of our faculty advisor, Professor Ganesh Sitaraman. We are looking forward to continuing a strong year of programming!
Santa Clara University School of Law ACS Student Chapter
The Santa Clara University Chapter started off the school year with a welcome back BBQ and a general meeting to teach law students about ACS. For Constitution Day, the SCU Chapter sponsored a Constitution Day panel of professors to discuss the recent and upcoming cases on the Supreme Court’s docket. Earlier in the semester, the SCU Chapter also hosted a presidential debate watch party and hopes to continue doing so as future debates occur. Last week, the SCU Chapter continued its ongoing discussion series, “Let’s Taco ‘Bout It,” where ACS board members provide Taco Bell and lead a monthly student discussion on topics such as “Title VII in the Trump Era” and “Student Climate Strikes.” Additionally, the SCU Chapter is planning an October event that will focus on impeachment.
This year, the SCU Chapter plans to host a Q&A session with a local congressional representative, an event with Professor Erwin Chemerinsky of neighboring Boalt Hall, a voter registration drive, and a trivia night that will be co-sponsored by Santa Clara’s Women in Law organization. The Santa Clara University Chapter is grateful to have strong attendance at its events and a hard-working board that allows it to represent progressive values in Silicon Valley.
The Chapter would like to thank its Faculty Advisors, Professors Ellen Kreitzberg and Margaret Russell, for their support and guidance.
NCCU School of Law ACS Student Chapter
North Carolina Central University School of Law is honored to have been considered and selected for the American Constitution Society’s Student Chapter of the Week. The NCCU Law Student chapter is committed to engaging students in Constitutional dialogue and standing for our school values of “truth and service.” In particular, the NCCU Law Student Chapter has emphasized collaborations with other Constitutional organizations at NCCU School of Law to foster constitutional discussion and civic engagement.
The chapter began the Fall 2019 semester co-sponsoring with law school faculty a Constitution Day event that focused on discussing Reparations and voting rights. The program consisted of panels discussing the basis of reparations, the impact of reparations and the importance of the political and litigational processes in acquiring reparations. Students who attended, participated in drafting and creating North Carolina legislative district via an online districting simulation. Congressman G.K. Butterfield gave a keynote address to attendees on the importance of the civil war amendments, civil rights legislation, and the protection of voting rights.
The NCCU Law student chapter continued its Constitution week celebration with hosting a Constitutional Discussion with the Federalist Society. Dean Malik Edwards of NCCU School of Law and Professor Sachs Stephen Sachs debated “Originalism vs. Living Constitutionalism.” The conversation was informative, engaging, beneficial, and student attendees enjoyed the dialogue.
The NCCU Law student chapter has planned and is hosting the 2019 Southeastern Regional Convening of the American Constitution Society on September 27, 2019. The convening will consist of panels with topics as Black Lives Matter, voting rights, state attorney’s general, judges panel, and a keynote address from Justice Anita Earls of the N.C. Supreme Court. The Chapter is also planning an Indigent Clothes Drive in October, Voter Registration Drive with the NCCU Law’s OUTLAW society and, a speed networking event.
The NCCU Law chapter is thankful for the active support from its members, adviser, Professor April Dawson, NCCU School of Law student body, administration, and the American Constitution Society!