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.
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.