Join ACS at our 2018 National Convention to hear from scores of legal luminaries and attend the live taping of Versus Trump, a podcast about "how the Trump administration is breaking the law, and what people are doing about it."
Looking to do pro bono and volunteer work but unsure where to start? Attend ACS’s volunteer fair at the 2018 ACS Convention. Attendees will be able to learn more and sign up for volunteer opportunities with leading legal organizations.
Law student registration for the 2018 ACS National Convention is open here. The 2018 ACS National Convention Reimbursement Request Form can be found here.
Congratulations to the following winners of this year’s Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition. Special recognition will be given to the winners at the 2018 ACS National Convention.
Winner: Christina Beeler, University of Houston Law Center, Felony Disenfranchisement Laws: Paying and Re-paying a Debt to Society.
Runner-up: Natasha Harnwell-Davis, Columbia Law School, Your Secret Life According to Your Honda Accord: Applying the Fourth Amendment to Automobile Infotainment Data.
Runner-up: Jennifer Joslin, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, The Path to Standing: Asserting the Inherent Injury of the Data Breach.
Finalists: Nathan Carpenter, St. John’s University School of Law; Gregory Brown Jr., St. John’s University School of Law; Alexandra Marinucci, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Triston O’Savio, Penn State’s Dickinson Law
ACS thanks Altumash Mufti and the Penn Law ACS chapter for overseeing the judge selection and paper review process.
Additionally, ACS thanks the judging committee, which included:
- Prof. April Dawson, North Carolina Central University School of Law
- Prof. Erin Delaney, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
- Hon. David Lillehaug, Minnesota Supreme Court
- Hon. Beverly B. Martin, US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- Hon. Mary Rowland, US District Court for Northern District of Illinois
- Prof. Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Stetson University College of Law
ACS has launched the State Attorneys General Project in recognition of the unique and expanding role state attorneys general play in our system of government. In conjunction with this announcement, our student chapters have organized many impactful events highlighting State AGs on:
- consumer rights (here & here),
- immigration law and DACA,
- environmental protections,
- healthcare (here & here), and
- the role of the state AG (here & here).
- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra,
- Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear,
- Oregon Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum,
- New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, and
- Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
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!
The Cornell Law School ACS Student Chapter is honored to be recognized as ACS’s Student Chapter of the Week. After another busy year, the chapter looks forward to further promoting progressive lawyering among the Cornell Law School student body.
The chapter’s recent events have featured a broad range of issues including free speech, equal protection, and diversity in the legal profession. Notable recent events include:
- An event on “Free Speech on Campus” with UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky.
- A “Hate Speech and Free Speech” discussion with New York Law School Professor and past president of the ACLU Nadine Strossen, and NYU School of Law Professor Jeremy Waldron.
- A “Life as a U.S. Attorney” discussion with Neil Corwin, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
- A “Should We Abolish the Electoral College?” debate between University of Nebraska College of Law Professor Richard Duncan and Cornell Law School Professor Robert Hockett.
- A “Civil Asset Forfeiture” event co-sponsored with the Federalist Society, featuring Cornell Law School Dean Eduardo Peñalver and Vice President for Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute Clark Neily.
- A “Gavel Gap” lecture with U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall. This event was co-sponsored with the Black Law Students’ Association, Women’s Law Coalition, and Women of Color Collective, and focused on the underrepresentation of women and minorities on the bench.
- A “Sex Ed Trivia” co-sponsored with the Women’s Law Coalition, Lambda Law, and Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. Here, the chapter quizzed Cornell Law students on the evolving right to privacy.
Last semester, two consecutive hurricanes devastated my hometown, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. This caused a communications crisis – for an entire week, I had no idea whether my family made it out alive. I was finally able to share the news with my colleagues that my family was safe, despite losing everything materialistic. They asked how I was able to still show up to school daily. I retorted with the words of my favorite Caribbean humanitarian, Bob Marley: “The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking days off. Why should I?”
I found my niche at law school through my involvement with ACS and internships with the ACLU of Puerto Rico, Kentucky Innocence Project, and Constitutional Litigation at the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, where I participated in transformative work. It was my work for others that kept me going through difficulties. In my role as Chase ACS Chapter President, I was able to turn my pain in power. We organized a food and clothing drive for the often overlooked Caribbean islands which were devastated by the hurricanes.
Although my post-grad job on St. Thomas was swept away with the hurricanes, my plan to devote my professional life to vindicating the human and civil rights of others has not wavered.