Student Chapters

ACS’s nationwide network of nearly 200 law school student chapters is fostering a new generation of progressive leaders. A list of all student chapters is available here.
If you are interested in helping to organize an ACS student chapter, please contact Student Chapters at [email protected] or 202-393-6181.
Not yet an ACS student member? Join our network today.

The American Constitution Society (ACS)’s Annual Student Convention will be March 9-10, 2018 at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

2017 ACS National Convention June 8-10, 2017 

Thank you to all of our students that attended this year's National Convention. It was a huge success and we hope everyone that attended had a memorable experience.  
Each year at the National Convention, ACS recognizes student chapters that hold outstanding programming. We would like to congratulate the following student chapters for their work during the 2016-2017 academic year.
First, the Rising Chapter of the Year Award went to The University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law for having made the greatest strides as a new or recently revived chapter in establishing a presence on campus, focused on ACS priorities. Second, the Reproductive Rights and Justice Award, presented by ACS and the Center for Reproductive Rights, went to The University of Texas at Austin School of Law for having placed a significant focus on reproductive rights and justice.

Next, the Programming Award. Awarded to our strongest chapters who have conducted at least 20 substantive and effective events, we recognize:

UC Berkeley School of Law; The University of Chicago Law School; Chicago-Kent College of Law; Harvard Law School; Cornell Law School; University of La Verne College of Law; University of Michigan Law School; Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; University of South Carolina School of Law; Stanford Law School; The University of Texas at Austin School of Law; UCLA School of Law; Willamette University College of Law; and Yale Law School

Finally, the Student Chapter of the Year Award was awarded to the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law for having shown the greatest overall strength in meeting ACS’s mission and goals. Thank you to our students, and congratulations to all!

Visit the official convention website for more information!

2017 ACS Student Convention, Call to Action: Solidarity in the States 

The American Constitution Society (ACS)’s Annual Student Convention was March 31-April 1, 2017 at the Duke University School of Law. This year’s convention theme was Call to Action: Solidarity in the States. Over 200 students, attorneys, activists, judges, scholars and policy makers gathered to discuss progressive local leadership, effective messaging, path to the bench, criminal justice reform, and voting rights. Student attendees represented 30 states and the District of Columbia! Check out the photos and videos on FacebookInstagram and Twitter!  

ACS Conventions

ACS National Writing Competitions

2017 Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of this year’s Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition.  Winner receives an award of $3000 and an offer to publish in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.  The two runner-up finalists receive an award of $1000. Special recognition will be given to the winners at the 2017 ACS National Convention.

Winner: Hana Sahdev, Boston College Law School, Juvenile Miranda Waivers and Wrongful Convictions.
Runner-up: Rosemarie Aleman, University of North Carolina School of Law, Domestic Violence in Cyberspace: The Legal Implications of Revenge Pornography and the Need for Criminalization.
Runner-up:Sarah Kramer, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Not Your Mouthpiece: Abortion, Ideology, and Compelled Speech in Physician-Patient Relationships.


Thank you to the efforts of Sara Lynch and the Penn Law ACS chapter for overseeing the judge selection and paper review process.  Additional thank you to the judging committee, which included:

  • Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Irvine School of Law,
  • Hon. Holly Fujie, Superior Court of Los Angeles County in California,
  • Hon. (Ret.) Royal Furgeson, US District Court for Western District of Texas, Dean of University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law,
  • Hon. Jesse Furman, US District Court for the Southern District of New York,
  • Katherine Macfarlane, University of Idaho College of Law, and
  • Olivier Sylvain, Fordham Law School.

Program Guides

2017 Next Generation Leader and Board Member Application

ACS is pleased to offer its student members two opportunities to enhance their engagement in the organization’s work: the ACS Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program and a two-year term on the ACS Board of Directors.
Students graduating in 2017, 2018 and 2019 who are ACS national members are eligible to apply for the NGL program. Students applying for the Board of Directors must also apply for the NGL program or already be an NGL. 2017 graduates are not eligible to apply for the Board of Directors position.
Click here (PDF) or here (Word) for more information and to download the application form.

Discounted 3L Membership
After graduation, continue to stay active in one of ACS's more than 40 lawyer chapters around the country. ACS offers a Discounted Young Lawyer Membership rate of $10 to 2017 graduates, so be sure to take advantage of this deal. Your membership will be good through December 2018!



2017 Program Guide:
2016 Program Guide:
The 2015 Program Guide:
An Update to the 2014 Program Guide:
Constitutional Interpretation Events:

Consider holding an ACS event on constitutional interpretation! Here are some suggestions for topic ideas: Keeping Faith with the Constitution, It is a Constitution We Are Expounding, The Framers’ Constitution: Toward a Theory of Principled Constitutionalism, The Constitution in 2020 or Windsor, Shelby County, and the Demise of Originalism: A Personal Account.

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Student Chapter of the Week May 15
Stanford Law School

This year, the Stanford Law School ACS Student Chapter has engaged with a number of other organizations on campus and around the Bay Area to drive both action and conversation around a slew of progressive legal issues. These events included:

  • A primer on voting rights and the electoral process with Professors Pamela Karlan and Nathaniel Persily, co-sponsored by the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law. 
  • A lecture on poverty, inequality, and the housing crisis by Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted, co-sponsored by the Program on Urban Studies and the Center on Poverty and Inequality.
  • A conversation with the Hon. Diane Sykes of the Seventh Circuit, Hon. Paul Watford of the Ninth Circuit, and Hon. Cheryl Krause of the Third Circuit. 
  • A discussion on appellate advocacy with former Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., moderated by Professor Jeffrey Fisher. 
  • A lecture on advocating for and defending constitutional rights with Steven R. Shapiro, former long-time Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. 
  • A lunch conversation with Professors Pamela Karlan and Nicholas Stephanopoulos about the efficiency gap and the current challenge to partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin. 
  • An evening question-and-answer session with the Hon. Jon Tigar of the Northern District of California. 
  • A reading group series, hosted by Professor Michelle Wilde Anderson, debriefing the 2016 election and analyzing various means of defending progressive values and advocating on behalf of vulnerable communities in the current political climate.
  • A conversation with the Hon. Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court about his career and time on the bench, moderated by Professor David Sklansky.
  • A screening of “They Call Us Monsters,” a critically acclaimed new documentary about life inside a high-security juvenile detention facility, followed by a discussion with Professor Joan Petersilia and filmmaker Ben Lear, and co-sponsored by the Criminal Law Society, the Youth & Education Advocates, the Black Law Students Association, and the Latino Law Students Association.
  • A panel on how to run for political office, co-sponsored by the ACS Bay Area Lawyer Chapter, featuring Rod Diridon, Jr., Santa Clara City Clerk and Auditor; Mary Hughes, founder of close the gap CA; Ash Kalra, Assemblymember, District 27; and Mary Hanna-Weir, civil rights attorney. 
  • A discussion between Professors Pamela Karlan and Jonathan Mitchell about Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., co-sponsored by the Federalist Society and OutLaw. 

The Chapter is grateful to their Faculty Advisors Professors Pamela Karlan and Jeffrey Fisher, as well as ACS National for their support. 


For more great ideas from our student chapters, please click here.