January 14, 2021

Ways to Stay Engaged While You Stay Home: January 14 Edition

Kennedy Freeman Network Advancement Associate

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During these unprecedented times, ACS continues to provide a virtual forum for our network to engage and work toward a Constitution that is truly “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Here are some ways to help you stay engaged while in-person events are canceled, and you can view all available volunteer opportunities here. Do you have ideas we should include in future editions? Let us know by emailing info@acslaw.org

After last week’s horrific events, we’re sharing some ways ACS has responded and some ways you can get engaged. ACS organized this law scholars' letter calling for Trump's removal from office, which has over 1,000 signatures. We are helping to promote this petition from students and lawyers, which was organized by our student leaders, to begin disbarment proceedings against Sens. Hawley and Cruz. At last count, the petition had over 7,000 signatures. See links to coverage on the Washington Post, Newsweek, Forbes, The Hill, and The Huffington Post. Please add your name if you agree, and share broadly. We are planning to provide resource materials to the ACS network and encourage you to engage nationwide (especially locally, where many state capitols have been targeted). If you would like to help with volunteer work around these efforts or have ideas of ways we can further engage, please reach out at LCEmails@acslaw.org

COVID-19 Compassionate Release Pro Bono

The Compassionate Release Clearing House is seeking pro bono attorneys to be matched with qualified individuals in federal prisons who are applying for compassionate release. The COVID-19 pandemic has made release for those who qualify all the more urgent, and the Clearing House has received over 400 requests for legal aid. Visit their website to sign up and email LCEmails@acslaw.org to let us know if you volunteer.

Volunteer Remotely to Help those in Immigration Detention

The Immigration Justice Campaign is looking for volunteers to provide pro bono assistance to individuals in detention. Volunteer to provide fully remote legal or interpretation services on many different kinds of cases, from bond hearings to asylum hearings to appeals. 

Notice & Comment Opportunities

The Federal Reserve Board is seeking comment by February 16, 2021 on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on updating the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulatory framework to effectively meet the needs of low- and moderate-income communities and address inequities in credit access. Comments may be sent to regs.comments@federalreserve.gov or in writing, to Ann E. Misback, Secretary, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20551. Read more from The Urban Institute.

Learn more about these opportunities on the ACS Notice and Comment Page. Check out our Notice and Comment Webinar and email LCEmails@acslaw.org with any questions.