What’s the Big Idea? Recommendations for Improving Law & Policy in the Next Administration and in the States

A wise person once said, “everything begins with an idea.”

As the nation prepares to welcome a new administration, ACS is pleased to release “What’s the Big Idea? Recommendations for Improving Law & Policy in the Next Administration and in the States,” a collection of essays that represents the best thinking of a diverse set of scholars and advocates from the ACS network on topics such as immigration and labor law, democracy and death penalty reform, reproductive justice and a better response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Access to Justice: Bring Back Community Decision-Making

Suja A. Thomas, Peer and Sarah Pederson Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law

Antitrust: Restructuring the Balance of Power in Digital Markets

Lina Khan, Associate Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Death Penalty: Determine If Capital Punishment Has Outlived Its Use

John H. Blume, Samuel F. Leibowitz Professor of Trial Techniques, Cornell Law School; Director, Cornell Death Penalty Project  

Brendan Van Winkle, Craig N. Yankwitt Capital Punishment Fellow, Justice 360

Democracy Reform: Renew American Democracy from the Top Down and the Bottom Up

Robert Yablon, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School

Environment: New Hope for Our Planet

Sambhav (Sam) Sankar, Senior Vice President for Programs, Earthjustice

Good Governance: Transparency’s Role in Strengthening Public Trust in Government

Noah Bookbinder, Executive Director, Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington

Mia L. Woodard, Legislative Affairs and Policy Counsel, Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington

Immigration: Building Immigration Policy Back Better

Anil Kalhan, Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law; Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (2020-21) 

Labor Law: Reform Opportunities 2020

Sharon Block, Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

Benjamin Sachs, Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry, Harvard Law School

Pandemic Law: A Better Response to Covid-19

Polly J. Price, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law

Police Liability Reimagined: Vicarious Liability for Constitutional Deprivations

Teressa E. Ravenell, Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Religious Liberty: Stop Privileging It Over All Other Interests

Caroline Mala Corbin, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

Reproductive Rights: Congress Needs to Enact a Reproductive Justice New Deal

Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law; Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy