Join us for the premier progressive legal gathering of the year, June 6-8 in Atlanta, GA. The ACS National Convention brings together lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, activists, and policymakers to examine some of the most urgent and challenging issues confronting our nation.

National Convention
Thursday, June 6 - Saturday, June 8
Westin Peachtree Plaza
210 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA

Registration is now closed.

Stay tuned for more information about panels, speakers, and schedule.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Lina KhanLina Khan
Chair
U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Matthew J. PlatkinMatthew J. Platkin
New Jersey Attorney General
Judge Carlton W. ReevesHon. Carlton Reeves
Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
Chair, United States Sentencing Commission

AWARDS

Progressive Champion Award

Black Voters MatterBlack Voters Matter
Cliff Albright and LaTosha Brown
Co-Founders

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholar Award

Miriam SeifterMiriam Seifter
Professor of Law
Co-Director of the State Democracy Research Initiative
Rowe Faculty Fellow in Regulatory Law
University of Wisconsin Law School

Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition

Eva QuinonesEva Quinones
New York University School of Law Class of 2024

The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law

Lawyer Category

Nicholas HandlerNicholas Handler
Thomas C. Grey Fellow and Lecturer in Law
Stanford Law School

Student Category

Ling RitterLing Ritter
Stanford Law School
Class of 2024


Thursday, June 6, 2024

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop

This interactive workshop will examine how the legal profession can advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) following the Supreme Court’s decision in Students for Fair Admissions. We will explore the impact that each of us can make in whatever roles we find ourselves in, as practitioners, advocates, law students, and legal scholars.

Kalpana Kotagal

Hon. Kalpana Kotagal
Commissioner
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Catherine E. Lhaman

Hon. Catherine E. Lhamon
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education

Jocelyn Samuels

Hon. Jocelyn Samuels
Vice Chair
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Friday, June 7, 2024

Opening Plenary – 9:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Engaging Progressives in the South

The latter half of the twentieth century saw a regional political realignment that resulted in the emergence of the now well-trod red state/blue state narrative and the conventional wisdom that southern, exurban, and rural America are monolithically conservative. But this narrative is being successfully challenged by the election of officeholders in historically conservative states and localities, including in the South, who are pursuing progressive laws and policies with the support of their constituents. What challenges do progressive public officeholders at the local, state, and federal level face, and what opportunities can they leverage to protect reproductive, LGBTQ+, labor, and voting rights and pursue racial justice and criminal legal reform?

Hon. Deborah Gonzalez

Hon. Deborah Gonzalez
District Attorney
Western Judicial Circuit, Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties, Georgia

Hon. Chokwe Antar Lumumba

Hon. Chokwe Antar Lumumba
Mayor
Jackson, Mississippi

Hon. Sam Park

Hon. Sam Park
Member
Georgia House of Representatives for District 107

Russ Feingold

Russ Feingold (Moderator)
President
American Constitution Society

Breakout 1 – 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Body Politics

Conservative controlled states have expended extraordinary time and attention restricting bodily autonomy for residents from historically vulnerable and marginalized groups. States are criminalizing those seeking and providing gender-affirming and reproductive healthcare, restricting the availability of resources in-state, and, in some cases, attempting to restrict travel for residents seeking to access resources in other states. Organizers and litigators are working tirelessly to preserve or restore access to healthcare in statehouses and federal and state courthouses throughout the country. What can the successes and setbacks these advocates have encountered teach us about effective strategies to engage in intersectional work to protect the availability of necessary, oftentimes lifesaving healthcare?

Jessie Hill

Jessie Hill
Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Anya Marino

Anya Marino
Director of LGBTQI Equality
National Women’s Law Center

Rabia Muqaddam

Rabia Muqaddam
Senior Staff Attorney
Center for Reproductive Rights

Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation: Lessons and Momentum from the Reparations Movement

In the past few years, the movement for reparations for Black Americans has seen unprecedented energy and momentum. Reparations is now a recurring topic of debate on the national stage, and localities and states have begun earnest efforts to assess and atone for past harm. At the same time, increasingly mobilized opposition forces are eager to magnify challenges and obstacles to derail the movement. Every government to consider reparations does so amid great public pressure and scrutiny. This panel unites activists and policymakers from states and localities across the U.S. who have worked in the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation movement to share learnings and paths forward.

Lisa Holder

Lisa Holder
President
Equal Justice Society

Robin Rue Simmons

Robin Rue Simmons
Founder and Executive Director
FirstRepair

Karcheik Sims-Alvarado

Karcheik Sims-Alvarado
Chair
Fulton County Reparations Task Force

Justin Hansford

Justin Hansford (Moderator)
Professor
Howard University Law School

The Necessary Labor for Democracy’s Survival

Organized labor’s role in improving workers’ wages, benefits, and working conditions is well known. But the labor movement’s importance extends beyond the workplace, playing a pivotal role in the very health of our democracy. Labor unions foster community, provide workers opportunities to practice their civic skills, and increase workers’ resistance to authoritarian appeals. Consequently, attacks on labor not only threaten fairness within the workplace, but fairness within the institutions of our government. How has the anti-labor movement affected American democracy? How might progressive lawyers use this period of renewed focus on labor and the value of unions to reinvigorate workers’ rights and, ultimately, to safeguard our democracy?

Keith Bullard

Keith M. Bullard II
Deputy Director
Union of Southern Service Workers

Angela Cornell

Angela B. Cornell (Moderator)
Clinical Professor of Law
Cornell University Law School

Matthew Ginsburg

Matthew Ginsburg
General Counsel
AFL-CIO

Courtlyn Roser-Jones

Courtlyn Roser-Jones
Associate Professor of Law
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Afternoon Workshop – 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Beyond Litigation: Alternative Legal Careers Workshop

This workshop will explore how law students and young attorneys can build careers and advocate outside the traditional model of litigation. Through a survey discussion of scholarship, media engagement, community organizing, and public service, panelists will examine how attorneys can proactively strategize and achieve results outside of the courtroom.

Amber Goodwin

Amber Goodwin
Assistant District Attorney
Travis County

Justin Hansford

Justin Hansford
Professor
Howard University Law School

Adam Miller

Adam Miller
Deputy General Counsel & Director of Judicial Appointments
Office of Governor Tim Walz

Grace Stranch

Grace Stranch
CEO
Harpeth Conservancy

Joey Vettiankal

Joey Vettiankal (moderator)
Board of Directors
American Constitution Society

Breakout 2 – 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Race, Gender, and the Right to Bear Arms

Debates over the Second Amendment and “gun rights” often center the perspectives and experiences of white male gun owners. Although men of color are half as likely to own guns as white men, they are 2 to 12 times more likely to die of gun violence and overwhelmingly bear the brunt of laws criminalizing gun possession. Meanwhile, American women face higher rates of lethal gun violence than women in any other high-income country, with Black women six times as likely to be killed as white women.

Now, less than two years after its landmark Second Amendment decision in Bruen began requiring courts to consider only “history and tradition” when evaluating gun regulations, the Supreme Court weighs overturning a federal law that disarms people subject to domestic violence restraining orders. How should the Court grapple with the racism and misogyny that infects so much of this nation’s histories and traditions? And how can elevating the perspectives, experiences, and wisdom of women and people of color chart a more responsive, intersectional path forward on gun violence prevention?

Amber Goodwin

Amber Goodwin
Founder
Community Justice Action Fund

Pratheep Gulasekaram
Pratheep Gulasekaram (Moderator)
Professor
University of Colorado
Esther Sanchez-Gomez

Esther Sanchez-Gomez
Litigation Director
Giffords Law Center

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith
Early Defense Attorney
Bronx Defenders

The All-Out Assault on Agency Authority

For decades, antiregulatory forces, led by the conservative legal movement and profit-motivated business interests, have been waging an attack on the administrative state. Their efforts have recently been gaining traction. Two years ago, in West Virginia v. EPA, the Supreme Court announced the new major questions doctrine, which critics argue is a powerful de-regulatory tool. This term, the Court is considering a series of cases that attack agency authority on a variety of fronts, including efforts to overturn the forty-year-old Chevron doctrine, declare the Securities and Exchange Commission’s administrative enforcement scheme unconstitutional, strike down the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s funding mechanism, and allow newly formed entities to bring facial challenges to decades-old regulations. How should we understand this antagonism toward agency authority, and how can we protect effective governance?

Lisa Heinzerling

Lisa Heinzerling
Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center

Sambhav Sankar

Sambhav Sankar
Senior Vice President of Programs
Earthjustice

Kevin M. Stack

Kevin M. Stack (Moderator)
Lee S. and Charles A. Speir Chair in Law
Vanderbilt Law School

Allison Zieve

Allison M. Zieve
Litigation Group Director and Supreme Court Assistance Project Director
Public Citizen

A First Amendment Right to Troll?

This Supreme Court term could redefine the legal boundaries of online speech among and between Americans and their elected representatives. In a case that could limit constituents’ ability to weigh in on issues important to them—from the most parochial school board decisions to major federal policy—the Court has been asked to determine whether a public official violates the First Amendment by blocking an individual on the official’s personal social media account. The Court will also resolve a circuit split regarding controversial anti-content moderation laws passed in Florida and Texas, filling the vacuum created by prolonged congressional inaction on platform regulation and content moderation. What are the legal and policy implications of the public square and marketplace of ideas migrating to the internet and social media platforms? How can we protect political speech online while building a truly multiracial democracy?

Nora Benavidez

Nora Benavidez
Senior Counsel and Director of Digital Justice and Civil Rights
Free Press

Sarah Hunt-Blackwell

Sarah Hunt-Blackwell
First Amendment Policy Advocate
ACLU of Georgia

Kate Ruane

Kate Ruane
Free Expression Project Director
Center for Democracy & Technology

Sonja West

Sonja West (Moderator)
Otis Brumby Distinguished Professor in First Amendment Law
U. of Georgia

Closing Plenary – 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Democracy, No Matter the Zip Code

Despite a few recent wins that preserve what is left of the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court and many federal appellate courts remain hostile to one of the landmark legislative achievements of the Civil Rights Era. Conservative dominated courts routinely shut the courthouse doors to voters seeking to vindicate their rights. Conservative state legislatures, often gerrymandered into entrenched power, continue a campaign of open hostility toward voters in marginalized communities.  How can progressives work in conservative areas to expand access to the ballot box? Should advocates focus on state constitutional protections? What about states in which such protections don’t exist? In the run-up to the 2024 election, what can be done at the local and state level to combat the growing threat of election denialism?

Hon. Saira Draper

Hon. Saira Draper
Member
Georgia House of Representatives for District 90

Bradley Heard

Bradley Heard
Voting Rights Practice Group Deputy Legal Director
Southern Poverty Law Center

Carrie McNamara

Carrie McNamara
Staff Attorney
ACLU of Florida

Hon. Saira Draper

Miriam Seifter
Professor of Law
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fred Smith

Fred Smith (Moderator)
Professor of Law
Emory University

Schedule

Subject to change

Thursday, June 6

 

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Optional Meet-Up Activities
Meet in Hotel Lobby

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Quiet Room Chastain I (Sixth Floor)

12:00 p.m.

Registration Opens Chastain Foyer (Sixth Floor)

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Chapter Leaders Meeting
All Chapter Leaders Welcome
Chastain F (Sixth Floor)

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop
Chastain D (Sixth Floor)

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception
The Overlook (Sixth Floor)

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Welcome Dinner
Savannah Ballroom (Tenth Floor)

9:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Faculty Advisors and Judges Mixer (Invitation Only)
Café (Fifth Floor)

9:00 – 10:30 p.m.

Law Student Walking Tour & Meet Up Activity 
Coordinated by the Emory and Georgia State Law School Student Chapters
Meet in Hotel Lobby


Friday, June 7

 

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Path to the Bench Meeting (Invitation Only)
Chastain D (Sixth Floor)

9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Opening Plenary
“Engaging Progressives in the South”
Savannah Ballroom (Tenth Floor)
Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan speaks at 10:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Quiet Room Chastain I (Sixth Floor)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Morning Breakout Session
“The Body Politics” – Chastain H (Sixth Floor)
“Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation: Lessons and Momentum from the Reparations Movement” – Chastain G (Sixth Floor)
“The Necessary Labor for Democracy’s Survival” – Chastain D (Sixth Floor)

12:15 p.m.

Boxed lunch pick-up Chastain Foyer (Sixth Floor)

12:15 – 2:00 p.m.

Practice Group Lunches (Advanced Registration Required)
Voting & Elections – Ansley 1 (Fourteenth Floor)
Non-profit – Ansley 2 (Fourteenth Floor)
Labor & Employment – Ansley 3 (Fourteenth Floor)
General Litigation – Ansley 4 (Fourteenth Floor)
Criminal – Ansley 5 (Fourteenth Floor)
Civil Justice/Plaintiffs – Ansley 6 (Fourteenth Floor)
Appellate – Ansley 7 (Fourteenth Floor)
Academia – Ansley 8 (Fourteenth Floor)
Civil Rights – Chastain F (Sixth Floor)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Beyond Litigation: Alternative Legal Careers Workshop
Chastain D (Sixth Floor)

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Breakout Session
“Race, Gender, and the Right to Bear Arms” – Chastain G (Sixth Floor)
“The All-Out Assault on Agency Authority” – Chastain D (Sixth Floor)
“A First Amendment Right to Troll?” – Chastain H (Sixth Floor)

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Closing Plenary
“Democracy, No Matter the Zip Code”
Savannah Ballroom (Tenth Floor)
New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin speaks at 4:30 p.m.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Members of Color Networking Mixer
This mixer, hosted by ACS Board Chair Roscoe Jones, will honor and celebrate our members of color and provide space for them to network, connect, and learn more about ACS’s ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts.
Café (Fifth Floor)

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Closing Reception
The Overlook (Sixth Floor)

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Student Networking Dinners (Invitation Only)
(Off Site)

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Georgia Lawyer Chapter Hosted Happy Hour
Café (Fifth Floor)


Saturday, June 8

 

7:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Second Annual Birding Constitutional Bird Walk
Meet in the Hotel Lobby

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Next Generation Leader Brunch (Invitation Only)
Chastain Room (Sixth Floor)

12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Student Retreat
All Students Welcome
Savannah Ballroom (Tenth Floor)

Student Programming »


Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

Click here to view this year’s CLE materials »

For those requesting CLE for participation, you will be required to log code words announced during Convention sessions in order to verify participation and obtain credit using this form.

ACS is in the process of applying to states for CLE credit. The availability and amount of CLE credit may vary by state. So far, ACS has been approved for the following:

Approved:
California (via presumptive approval) – 5 credits
Colorado – 5 credits
Delaware – 5 credits
Florida – 6 credits
Georgia – 5 credits
Illinois – 5.75 credits
Indiana – 5 credits
Minnesota – 5 credits
Missouri – 6 credits
North Carolina
Oklahoma – 6 credits
Oregon – 5 credits
New York (via reciprocity) – 5 credits
Pennsylvania – 5 credits
Tennessee – 5 credits
Texas – 5 credits
Utah – 5 credits
Virginia – 3.5 credits (an additional 1.0 credit is pending)
Washington—6.5 credits
Wisconsin – 6 credits

If you have further questions about CLE, please contact us at LCEmails@acslaw.org or kfreeman@acslaw.org.


Scholarships

Scholarships will be granted on a rolling basis, so apply now »

To help make ACS Conventions accessible to law students, ACS has limited needs-based convention scholarships to help offset the costs of attendance for qualified applicants. Scholarship packages are based on the information you provide in your application; therefore, please fill out this form completely and accurately. Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply early and share this information with your membership.

These needs-based scholarships should defray your costs of attending Convention but are not intended to cover the entire cost of your trip. Please also reach out to your law school (Dean of Students, Student Services, etc.) for funding to attend Convention— Many law schools have funding to help support students attending conferences. Don’t forget to note the great networking opportunities available to students at Convention (Networking Dinners, Coffee Matches, Receptions, etc.).

TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIP

  1. Travel Scholarships (to help cover airfare, train, or mileage). Those awarded a travel scholarship must book their own travel and will be reimbursed after the Convention up to their awarded amount upon submitting appropriate receipts in a timely manner.
  2. Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel Scholarships (to provided limited shared hotel rooms at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, GA). For hotel scholarships, students awarded a Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel Scholarship will receive a shared hotel room at the Westin Peachtree Plaza with another award recipient. ACS will book the room reservation and handle room payment (excluding incidentals).
  3. Registration Scholarships (to help cover the costs of registration).  For registration scholarships, scholarship recipients will receive Convention registration instructions within their award email.

Please note that ACS Scholarships will NOT cover the following:

  • Transportation (rail, Lyft, Uber, Taxi, etc.) to and from the airport
  • Meals (Convention attendees will be provided meals throughout Convention. See the Convention agenda for more details).

All scholarship recipients MUST attend the entire Convention and perform approximately four hours of service during the Convention to qualify for their award. The exact time and task(s) for volunteering will be designated by ACS staff closer to the time of Convention.

SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Application requirements for an ACS Convention Scholarship are as follows:

  1. All applicants MUST be law school students graduating in either 2024, 2025, 2026, or beyond.
  2. All applicants MUST be current dues-paying members of ACS National. Upon reviewing your application, if you are not an ACS Member, you will receive an email prompting you to become an ACS Member in order to proceed with the application process. You can become a member here for $25.
  3. All applicants MUST attend ALL portions of the Convention. Students attending National Convention should plan to arrive at the Westin Peachtree Plaza by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6; and depart the Westin Peachtree Plaza at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.

Sponsors Become a sponsor »

 


Underwriter

 

Kirkland Lieff Cabraser

 


Partner

 

Covington NEA
Sullivan

 


Benefactor

 

AFSCME Compassion & Choices DLA piper
Kaplan Freedom from Religion Fdn Paul Weiss
Wiley

 


Patron

 

AFT Alliance for Justice Americans United
Black Voters Matter Fun Boies Schiller Brennan Center
CAC Duane Morris Freedom to Read Fdn
HNBA Hughes Socol Piers Jenner
Jones Day Keker, Van Nest and peters Krevolin Horst
Loevy Loevy LGBT Bar Munger Tolles Olson
National Bar Association National Women's Law Center NAPABA
Public Justice Reproductive Freedom for All SPLC
Unite Here United Steelworkers We The Action
Wilkie Winston and Strawn

 


If you have questions about sponsoring the 2024 ACS National Convention, please contact Zachary Holland, Assistant Director of Development, via email at: zholland@acslaw.org.

Hotel Information

Westin Peachtree Plaza
210 Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA

ACS’s hotel block is now closed. Please contact the Westin Peachtree Plaza’s reservation center at 1-800-266-9432 or 1-800-435-7627 to inquire about room availability and best available rates. You may also reach out to info@acslaw.org and we would be happy to assist you.