March 20, 2020 - March 21, 2020

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Eastern Time

2020 Yale ACS Conference

Join American Constitution Society’s Board of Academic Advisors and the Yale Law School ACS Chapter at the 2020 Yale ACS Conference: Reviving Democratic Constitutionalism. The conference will bring together leading practitioners, academics, policymakers, and students to discuss how those who believe in equal citizenship and democratic values can strengthen our system of government and advance the cause of justice for all people. Conversations will consider how to reform American democracy to better reflect the will of the majority, how to drive change in the face of a hostile Supreme Court, how to reconcile executive power with democratic accountability, and how to navigate the current social and political environment with an eye toward governing after the 2020 election.

Schedule subject to change. Stay tuned for additional information about breakout sessions.


12:00 PM — Check-In Opens

2:00 PM — Welcome Roundtable

Moderators: Reva Siegel & Jack Balkin (Yale Law School)

Genevieve Lakier (University of Chicago Law School)

Doug Nejaime (Yale Law School)

Lourdes Rivera (Center for Reproductive Rights)

Sasha Samberg – Champion (Relman Colfax)

4:15 PM — Beyond HR 1

Moderator: Nick Stephanopoulos (Harvard Law School)

Chiraag Bains (Demos)

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)

Joey Fishkin (University of Texas School of Law)

Pam Karlan (Stanford Law School)

Theresa Lee (ACLU Voting Rights Project)

5:45 PM — Breakout Sessions

7:00 PM — All Conference Dinner

Keynote remarks from Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)


9:30 AM — Which Supreme Court Reform?

Moderator: Linda Greenhouse (Yale Law School)

Brian Fallon (Demand Justice)

Jamal Greene (Columbia Law School)

Chris Kang (Demand Justice)

Samuel Moyn (Yale Law School)

11:00 AM — Breakout Sessions

12:00 PM — Lunch and Congress Panel – Speaking of the Constitution

Moderator: Abbe Gluck (Yale Law School)

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI)

Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) 

2:00 PM — An Approach to Executive Power for Any 2020 Outcome

Moderator: Bill Marshall (UNC School of Law)

Sabeel Rahman (Demos)

Anne Tindall (Protect Democracy)

Steve Vladeck (University of Texas School of Law) 

3:30 PM — Concluding Roundtable - Taking the Message Home

Moderator: Adam Winkler (UCLA School of Law)

Registration deadline: Tuesday, March 10. Register here