Kennedy Freeman joined ACS in May 2019 and currently serves as the Network Advancement Associate. She provides support to the Department of Network Advancement and assists with the coordination of substantive initiatives.
Prior to joining ACS, Freeman interned at the Library of Congress with the Binding and Collections Care division. After graduating, Freeman worked for Lunenburg County Public Schools and later became an HR assistant at Greystones Consulting Group.
Freeman attended the College of William and Mary where she found a passion for criminal justice while taking many classes about constitutional law. She received B.A. degrees in Government and Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys live music, abstract painting, and relaxing walks through nature.
Michelle Herd joined ACS in January 2019 and currently serves as Associate Director of Chapters. In this role, she assists in cultivating and supporting the next generation of progressive leaders, promoting diversity and inclusion throughout our network, seeking opportunities to found new ACS chapters, and build sustainable relationships with lawyers, judges, and community partners to further the mission of ACS.
Before attending law school, Herd served as a committee assistant in the office of the City Council President for the City of Birmingham, Alabama and worked in sustainable agriculture.
Herd graduated from Belmont Abbey College with a B.A. in English. She earned her J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law where she was the President of the Cumberland ACS Student Chapter. She is an ACS Next Generation Leader. She has studied abroad twice in the Republic of Panama.
Ashley Erickson joined the American Constitution Society in March 2017 and serves as Director of Network Advancement. She manages ACS pro bono and volunteer projects.
Erickson currently serves as a board member on the Washington Council of Lawyers, D.C.’s public-interest bar association, and is a member of the Virginia Bar.
Before joining ACS, Erickson was a magistrate in the Virginia State Judiciary’s 31st District. Prior to her work as a magistrate, she worked in the Office of General Counsel at George Mason University and the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education.
Erickson received her J.D. from the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School and her B.A. in political science from Brigham Young University. While in law school, she served for two years as the president of BYU’s ACS student chapter and is an ACS Next Generation Leader.
Peggy Li joined ACS in October 2015 and currently serves as the Director of Chapters. In this capacity, she assists in managing the existing network of ACS chapters, facilitating the programming of chapters, working with members to realize their potential for creating a constructive dialogue for change, cultivating and supporting our next generation of progressive leaders, building connections and strengthening our progressive network, promoting diversity and inclusion throughout our network, seeking opportunities to found new ACS chapters, building and maintaining relationships with advisors, and integrating chapter activities and chapter members into ACS’s substantive initiatives and network of members.
Before joining ACS, Li served as a Staff Attorney at Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) working primarily with rural seniors on elder, housing, and public benefits law. Li also served as a coordinator for LSNC’s Race Equity Project conducting research, facilitating monthly calls, spearheading office-wide projects, and providing trainings on framing, implicit bias, and social cognition. She has also been published in the ACS Blog, the Akron Law Review, and the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice.
Li currently serves on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Nominations Committee for the Asian American Bar Association of Houston. She also serves as Co-Chair for the National Filipino American Lawyers Association's Government and Public Sector Lawyers Network.
Li earned her B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of California, Los Angeles and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She is a member of the California State Bar (inactive) and the Texas State Bar. At Berkeley Law, Li was a William K. Coblentz Civil Rights Endowment Student Research Fellow at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, a Managing Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, and the President of the Berkeley Law ACS Student Chapter. She is an ACS Next Generation Leader.
Li lives in Houston with her husband.
Meghan Paulas joined ACS in May 2015 and currently serves as the Vice President of Network Advancement. In this capacity, she manages the existing network of ACS chapters, builds and maintains relationships with advisors, leaders, and members, and integrates network activities and network members into ACS’s substantive and volunteer initiatives.
Before joining ACS, Paulas served as a Supervising Attorney Advisor at the Social Security Administration and as the Assistant General Counsel of the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Paulas also served as the Chair of the ACS Chicago Lawyer Chapter Board of Directors.
Paulas graduated from the James Madison College at Michigan State University with a B.A. in Social Relations and Policy. She earned her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she was an ACS Student Chapter leader and spent most of her time in the Criminal Law Defense Clinic. Meghan is a member of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Life After Justice.
Paulas is based in Chicago, where she lives with her husband, three kids, and dog Bailey.