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The American Constitution Society's network of progressive lawyers, law students, and academics is shaping national and local debates…and the media is noticing. Check out the latest news, op-eds, and features driving legal and policy discussions across America.

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Washington Post: Senators prepare for a showdown over judges and ‘blue slips’

Jan 30, 2023
ACS President Russ Feingold was quoted in the Washington Post's The Early 202 newsletter, supporting growing calls for the Senate to eliminate blue slips in order to advance President Biden's judicial nominees. “It is reasonable to eliminate blue slips for district court judgeships just as was done for court of appeals judgeships in order to […]
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Newsweek: Hold Elected Officials Accountable on Judges

Jan 27, 2023
ACS President Russ Feingold penned an op-ed for Newsweek, in which he encourages voters to secure the long-term protection of their fundamental rights by prioritizing the confirmation of diverse and qualified judges at the state and local levels. "It is our collective responsibility to prioritize the courts. During elections season, voters should prioritize judicial races […]
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The Hill: Get rid of ‘blue slips’ for judicial confirmations — now

Jan 23, 2023
ACS President Russ Feingold penned an op-ed in The Hill, in which he calls for the Democrat-controlled Senate to eliminate 'blue slips' in order to maximize the number of district court judges confirmed this year. "If the Senate eliminates blue slips for district court nominees, there is nothing stopping the White House from consulting a […]
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Bloomberg Law: Biden Path to Judge Nominations Depends on Clinton, Obama Picks

Jan 18, 2023
ACS President Russ Feingold was quoted in Bloomberg Law, discussing how speeding up the Senate judicial confirmation process can encourage Clinton and Obama-appointed circuit court judges to take senior status, an act of semi-retirement which would create more circuit court vacancies for President Biden to fill. Moving judges quickly could entice those on the fence […]
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The New Republic: An on-the-ground report on the movement trying to rewrite the Constitution

Jan 3, 2023
The New Republic's Laura Jedeed takes a deep dive into the coalescing worlds of firearms enthusiasts and the right wing Convention of States movement who want to use Article V to rewrite the Constitution. To get clarity on what Article V is and its potentially catastrophic impact, Jedeed spoke with none other than ACS President […]
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Roll Call: Senate Democrats plan spree of judicial confirmations in lame duck

Nov 15, 2022
Roll Call mentioned ACS' Confirm 30 campaign in an article explaining the push for Senate Democrats to continue confirming judicial nominees for the federal bench during the lame duck session. ACS' Confirm 30 campaign has consistently urged the Senate to prioritize filling federal court vacancies by confirming 30 of President Biden's judicial nominees. "Outside liberal […]
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Reuters: Biden's Ability to Reshape U.S. Judiciary Hangs in Balance as Election Looms

Nov 4, 2022
Reuters recently quoted ACS President Russ Feingold in an article about how the outcome of the upcoming election will determine the ability of the Biden Administration to keep their pace of judicial nominations. ACS's judicial nominations tracking project has consistently noted how the Biden Administration has made history in their first two years in the […]
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The Chuck ToddCast: The movement to "completely change the Constitution"

Sep 23, 2022
ACS President Russ Feingold appeared on The Chuck ToddCast, a podcast by Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC's Meet the Press. In this episode, Feingold explains the growing threat of far-right efforts to invoke an Article V Convention, an unprecedented move which would radically rewrite the Constitution. "There is a possibility you're not only having a […]
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The Guardian: Ruling the US supreme court isn't enough. The right wants to amend the constitution.

Sep 19, 2022
ACS President Russ Feingold wrote an op-ed for The Guardian following President Biden's "Battle for the Soul of the Nation" speech. In this piece, Feingold agrees that the soul of our nation is under threat, particularly by far-right efforts to call an Article V Convention that could radically rewrite the Constitution and strip away federal […]
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Ms. Magazine: Abortion Rights Could Hang in the Balance in State Judge Races This November

Sep 7, 2022
ACS Executive Vice President Zinelle October penned an op-ed in Ms. Magazine on the impact of the outcome from the state judicial races on reproductive freedom in the upcoming election, and the critical role state courts play in protecting reproductive rights in a post-Dobbs landscape. October explains: "Even when an injunction by a lower court […]
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