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.
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2017 ACS National Convention June 8-10, 2017 

The 2017 National Convention will take place June 8-10 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. 

ACS’s National Convention is the premier legal event of the year, attracting nearly 1,000 of the nation’s leading progressive lawyers, scholars, policymakers, judges, and law students. The convention provides a unique opportunity to learn about pressing legal issues from renowned experts while networking with legal leaders from across the country. This year’s convention will include panel discussions on a wide range of timely topics and introduce a new Saturday format focusing on training sessions to help attendees represent communities in need and stand up to the new administration’s attacks on our rights and our system of checks and balances. Please register now and enjoy an early bird discount registration fee.

Convention Student Scholarships

ACS will award a registration waiver, hotel or travel scholarship to select students. Scholarship packages are based on the information you provide in your application; therefore, please fill out this form completely and accurately. The scholarship deadline is Sunday, April 16. 

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!

2016 National Convention: June 9-11, 2016

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 2015-2016 academic year.
First, the Rising Chapter of the Year Award went to Georgia State University College 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 Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law for having placed a significant focus on reproductive rights and justice.
Next, the Programming Award went to the following chapters for conducting at least 20 substantive events, mainly focused on ACS priorities, during the school year: The University of Chicago Law School; Duke University School of Law; Harvard Law School; IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law; Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; University of Pennsylvania Law School; Stanford Law School; UCLA School of Law; and Yale Law School.
Finally, the Student Chapter of the Year Award was awarded to the Duke University 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!
Be sure to check out highlights from the 2015 ACS National Convention



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 April 24
Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law 

The Faulkner Law Chapter of the American Constitution Society was determined to make its mark this year and they did just that!  The chapter collaborated with several organizations, including the Federalist Society, Women’s Legal Society, the Black Law Students Association, Alabama ACS Lawyer Chapter, and the League of Women Voters.  This year, the chapter focused on service to the school and community!  The chapter committed to three large projects, which afforded them the opportunity to educate over 670 people on voting rights and the Gavel Gap! The Faulkner Chapter is just getting started and they plan to do even more for the upcoming year. 

The Faulkner Law ACS Chapter reached out to several organizations that do amazing work for social justice including: Equal Justice Initiative, American Civil Liberties Union, and the Federal Defender’s Office. The chapter hosted and co-hosted a variety of events, including:

  • Constitution in the Classroom with the Alabama Lawyer Chapter. The chapter taught over 500 kids about voting rights.
  • A campus-wide voter registration with the League of Women Voters.
  • A Trunk or Treat with the Black Law Student Association.  The chapter served candy to hundreds of kids, from the trunk of their cars, and provided a safe place for children in the community to trick or treat.
  • A Debate on the Death Penalty co-hosted with the Federalist Society.  The panel featured Alicia D’Addario from the Equal Justice Initiative and John Malcolm from the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.
  • Gavel Gap and the Faulkner Family Thanksgiving Event with Women’s Legal Society.  Hon. Sharon Yates spoke about Access to Justice and reminded students of why they came to law school which was to Learn Law and Seek Justice.  The chapter used this event to serve the law school at large and solidified its position on campus.
  • A Fighting for Social Justice panel that included Kacey Keeton and Cecilia Vaca from the Federal Defender’s Office.
  • A “Bridging the Gap: Women in the Legal Field” panel featuring Hon. Pamela HigginsTommie Hardwick, a Federal Prosecutor in Alabama, and Aylia McKee, the Alabama Chief Public Defender.
  • A “Trumped Up Immigration Issues: From Border Control to Travel Bans” panel featuring Professor Josh Blackman, South Texas College of Law in Houston, and Martin McCaffery, former president of the Alabama ACLU.

The Faulkner Law ACS Chapter is extremely excited about the upcoming year and plans to host more debates and panels next year. They would like to thank ACS National, their Faculty Advisor Professor Dusty Farned, the Faulkner Administration, the ACS community, their amazing Faulkner Family, the Alabama Lawyer Chapter, and their awesome members for their continued and unrelenting support! Lastly, the Faulkner Law ACS Chapter would be remiss if they did not take a moment to honor the man who established the Faulkner Law ACS chapter, Professor John Garman. Professor Garman maintained a resilient fight with lung and brain cancer until the end and embodied the ACS vision of progress and service. It is the chapter’s hope that they continue to fight and serve with his same resilience. 

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