Caroline Fredrickson

  • December 15, 2017


    by Caroline Fredrickson 
     

    Unbelievable and unprecedented fail to describe Senator John Kennedy’s (R-LA) questions and answers from one Trump judicial nominee to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia during a Dec. 14th confirmation hearing.

    "Have you ever tried a jury trial?" asked Senator Kennedy.

    "I have not," Petersen said.

    "Civil?"

    "No."

    "Criminal?"

    "No."

    “Bench?”

    "No."

    "State or federal court?"

    "I have not."

     It is not surprising that video of this astonishing exchange went viral. 

  • September 13, 2017

    by Caroline Fredrickson

    Over the past few years, the American Constitution Society has been bringing volunteers into the nation’s elementary, middle and high schools to raise awareness of fundamental constitutional principles. Each year around Constitution Day in September, ACS lawyers and law students volunteer their time to teach excited young minds about their constitutional rights and responsibilities through the “Constitution in the Classroom” project.

  • August 31, 2017

    by Caroline Fredrickson, president of the American Constitution Societyeconomic opportunity

    Tropical storm Harvey has stunned us with devastating images of historic flooding. But for those who are living through the storm and its aftermath, life has forever changed. As one ACS staff member in Houston said, the only thing on her mind was going to a shelter and helping others.

    The fact is all ACS members can help the survivors of Hurricane Harvey. The Texas Supreme Court recently issued an emergency order that even attorneys from outside Texas can provide pro bono legal services to state residents. This created a valuable opportunity for ACS’s members to directly assist those who are most in need. In fact, we have been spreading the word and mobilizing our volunteers to get involved.

    Unfortunately, even after hurricane Harvey dissipates, the disaster will continue to unfold for weeks, months and even years as people rebuild their homes and lives. Although lawyers are probably the last people we think of in the midst of a devastating natural disaster, they play a critical role in helping survivors navigate the legal system on a range of issues including housing, benefits and insurance.

    More than 9,000 people are staying in the city’s main shelter, the George R. Brown Convention Center, according to the Red Cross. News clips show that the place has become a common family room with many people lying on piles of cardboard and blankets. These and many other storm images are disheartening, and many of us want to offer our support.

    ACS is grateful that we can play a part in helping survivors recover from the chaos. I urge all of our members around the country to get involved in this worthy effort and others in or outside Texas to lend a hand.
  • August 16, 2017

    by Caroline Fredrickson

    Over the past few days, Trump succeeded in uniting much of the nation against himself.

    On Saturday at the “Unite the Right” rally, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke told a reporter that the event would allow participants to “fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.” Echoing that sentiment, an armed militia – some wearing the president’s “Make America Great Again” hats – marched in Charlottesville, later leaving one dead and 19 injured.

  • July 31, 2017

    by Caroline Fredrickson

    First came schools, next came the military.  Four months after the U.S. Department of Education withdrew guidance aimed at protecting transgender students’ rights to use the bathrooms of their choice, President Trump this week tweeted a surprise announcement that banned transgender people from serving in the military.