Student Chapters

 

ABOUT
 
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is the nation’s leading progressive legal organization, with approximately 200 student and lawyer chapters in almost every state and on most law school campuses. A list of all student chapters is available here. Our chapters hold over 1,400 public programs across the country each year, including debates, conferences, press briefings and networking opportunities. ACS works for positive change by shaping debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislature and the media. ACS has built a national network of progressive law students, lawyers, judges, policy experts, legislators and academics committed to justice. ACS also works to cultivate the next generation of progressive leaders. We use our extensive national network to assist our members with career development, mentorship and job assistance. Our members get access to job banks, special conference calls, and the opportunity to network with progressive leaders throughout the country.
 
If you are interested in helping to organize an ACS student chapter, please contact Student Chapters at [email protected] or 202-393-6181.

 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
2018 National Convention: Register Today!
 
The 2018 ACS National Convention will be June 7-9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Featured speakers will include former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Margaret H. Marshall, Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick, and DREAMer activist Karla Quetzalli Perez, among others.

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 2018 Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition Winners!
 

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.

 

WinnerChristina Beeler, University of Houston Law CenterFelony Disenfranchisement Laws: Paying and Re-paying a Debt to Society.

 

Runner-upNatasha Harnwell-Davis, Columbia Law School, Your Secret Life According to Your Honda Accord: Applying the Fourth Amendment to Automobile Infotainment Data.

 

Runner-upJennifer Joslin, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, The Path to Standing: Asserting the Inherent Injury of the Data Breach.

 

FinalistsNathan 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
 
 
 
The American Constitution Society (ACS)’s Annual Student Convention was March 9-10, 2018. Nearly 200 students from 34 states and the District of Columbia joined us in Chicago at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law for the 2018 ACS Student Convention. In discussions on leading from law, implicit bias, and next steps for advancing local progress; and highlighting issues on #MeToo in the Legal Profession, the First Amendment, access to justice, police reform, and voting rights, we are reminded that the law can be a force to improve the lives of all people, and that ACS students are already helping to lead the charge!
 
Photos from the Student Convention can be viewed here. You can also check out our 2018 ACS Student Convention Album on Facebook. 
 
 
Law Student Research Volunteers Needed
ACS and our coalition partners need your help on both long and short term research projects. If you’re interested in voting rights, election law, or ACS’s State Attorneys General Project, let us know! All projects can be done remotely and only require a few hours of research each week. If you are interested, please email [email protected] and we’ll give you additional information on the available projects.
ACS State Attorneys General Project

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:

Chapters hosted:
If your chapter is interested in planning an event involving the state AG office in the spring semester and would like our guidance, e-mail us at [email protected]. And ICYMI, check out Samantha Bee’s piece on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman!
 
 
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!

ACS Conventions

 

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Student Chapter of the Week May 14
Cornell Law School
 

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.
The Cornell Law School ACS Student Chapter is grateful to faculty advisors Professor John Blume and Professor Michael Dorf for their continuing guidance and support.
 
 
For more great ideas from our student chapters, please click here.
 

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STUDENTS OF ACS

Students of ACS
May 14

Jedidah Morrell, Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law '18
 
I have always known I wanted to practice law because of my unique experience growing up in an unincorporated territory of the United States, as a daughter of immigrant parents. But, as I entered law school, I began to have serious doubts about the legal system I was about to join. Would I be able to stay true to my ultimate goals and have my actions reflect the principles that drew me into this field?
 
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.
 
If you have a story you would like to share through Students of ACS, please e-mail us at [email protected].