July 28, 2021

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Eastern Time

ACS Lawyer Chapters: Moving the Country Forward: What Issues Should the Biden-Harris Administration Focus on in the Second Half of 2021 and Beyond

Each Presidential Administration takes office with an extensive to-do list and the Biden-Harris Administration is no different. But time and resources are limited, necessitating the task of choosing policy priorities. A task made more difficult by a politically polarized Congress that may challenge any proposed legislation and a potentially adverse U.S. Supreme Court waiting to invalidate policies with which it does not agree.

This challenging political landscape does not mean there is no hope for progress; there are paths forward.

Join the ACS Virginia, At-Large, Washington, D.C., and Puget Sound Lawyer Chapters for a virtual discussion with a distinguished group of panelists.


Kami Chavis, Vice Provost, Professor of Law , Director of Criminal Justice Program, and ACS Faculty Advisor, Wake Forest University School of Law

Camille Mackler, Executive Director, Immigrant ARC; Senior Visiting Fellow, Truman Center for National Policy

Lena Zwarensteyn, Fair Courts Campaign Senior Director, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights & The Leadership Conference Education Fund

John D'Elia, Assistant General Counsel, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

The Panel will seek to answer some of the following questions:

  • What should be the Biden-Harris Administration's priorities before midterms?
  • What are some of the barriers the Administration will face?
  • What single action by the Biden-Harris Administration would have the greatest positive impact on the most lives?
  • Is it better to focus on what can realistically be accomplished given the political realities or work for large, lasting changes and fail?
  • What are the benefits vs disadvantages of primarily utilizing executive actions rather than a legislative agenda?
  • Is there any hope for changing the political discourse and convincing the opposition to support some progressive policy initiatives? If so, what are the best proposals that could garner bipartisan support?
  • What are some concrete things people interested in enacting progressive policies can do to help?