2017 ACS National Convention June 8-10, 2017
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!
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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
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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.
- Following the tragedy in Charlottesville, ACS collaborated with the Office of the Academic Dean to put on a “Community Forum” to give historical context to the racially charged tensions surrounding the rally. UC Hastings Professors Hadar Aviram, Zach Price, Dean ShaunaMarshall and ACS faculty advisor, Matt Colesfielded questions from an audience of about 100 people.
- The Chapter partnered with the Federalist Society to provide exposure to the practice of civil forfeiture. Clark M. Neily, Vice President for Criminal Justice at the Cato Institute, and Isaac Safier, a local attorney, discussed the controversial practice of asset forfeiture and gave insight into representing individuals who have had their property seized.
- The Chapter and the Constitutional Law Quarterly supported an event entitled “Hate Speech Laws in Japan in Comparative Perspective.” This event included prominent comparative law scholars, including CraigMartin, Professor of Law & Co-Director of the International and Comparative Law Center at Washburn University School of Law.
- The Chapter co-sponsored the annual UC Hastings Supreme Court Review & Preview along with the Federalist Society and the Constitutional Law Quarterly. Panelists included the Honorable Vince Chhabria of the United States District Court, Northern District of California; and Professors Radhika Rao, Zachary Price, and Rory Little.
- Partnering with the ACLU of Northern California's Meet Your DA Campaign, Smart Justice California, and the California Bar Foundation, ACS helped put on an event entitled “Help Wanted: Prosecutors to Change the World,” which is available for viewing at this link. The event featured San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon; Founder and Executive Director of Californians for Safety and Justice, Lenore Anderson; and Professor & Co-Director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, DavidSklansky. The event was moderated by Jill Habig, Founder of the Public Rights Project.
- UC Hastings ACS Student Chapter Chair, DanielGalindo, and External Relations Chair, PaulKelley, provided a presentation on the First Amendment to a group of middle school students at a student led and organized event titled “Summer of Knowledge.”
- On October 26, the Chapter will put on an event focusing on Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc.—Justice Gorsuch’s first SCOTUS opinion. The event will touch on debt collection practices and the impact of the decision on consumers.
- On November 3, the Chapter will co-host Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson to discuss the state’s lawsuit against President Trump’s travel ban.