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
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 Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
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.
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.
- The 2017 Program Guide on the First Amendment is now available!
- If you haven't already, check out our 2016 Program Guide on Voting Rights and 2015 Program Guide on Constitutional Liberty in the Intimate Sphere.
- Following the protests regarding Michael Brown and Eric Garner in the news? Click here for an update on the 2014 Program Guide on Racial Equality.
- Holding an event on constitutional interpretation? Here is our suggestions for topic ideas.
2017 Next Generation Leader and Board Member Application
Discounted 3L Membership
2016 National Convention: June 9-11, 2016
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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.
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 Higgins, Tommie 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.