Next Generation Leaders

About NGLs

In 2007, the American Constitution Society launched its Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program, which identifies and provides support to recent and forthcoming law school graduates who have demonstrated special leadership in their work with ACS’s student chapters, and who have the interest, skills and ability to remain vital members of the ACS community for years to come. NGL applicants undergo a competitive application process. Each year, 20-25 students are selected as NGLs, and one NGL is selected to serve a 2-year term as a student member of ACS’s Board.
NGLs receive unique access to quarterly training and career advancement calls, as well as invitations to press and donor calls that are not available to the general membership; tailored introductions to lawyer chapters leaders in their communities; priority access to fellowships and scholarships for ACS activities; invitations to a special NGL convening at the National Convention; and access to more individualized career and other support from ACS staff. Once you are inducted into the NGL program you have continuing opportunities to build and continue relationships with likeminded members of the ACS network. There are now over 100 NGLs, the nature of whose individual participation in the program has tended to change over time, as more senior NGLs become mentors to their more junior peers. NGLs form an integral part of the ACS network, with many NGL alums contributing to the strength of the network as lawyer chapter leaders, authors of blog posts and other substantive contributions and as advisors to the organization in its continuing efforts to provide valuable opportunities to its members.


Applications are now open for the 2020 ACS Next Generation Leaders Program.

To apply for the ACS Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program and/or a two-year term on the ACS Board of Directors, please use the application here (Microsoft Word or PDF).

2019 Next Generation Leaders

Mohammed Alam, University at Buffalo School of Law, 2020

Alex Ault, University of Michigan Law School, Winter 2019

Stephanie Bello-Galvez, University of Dayton School of Law, 2019

Claire Cahoon, SMU Dedman School of Law, 2020

Veronica Carroll, UNT Dallas College of Law, 2019

Roeiah Epps, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 2019

Gabriel Ferrante, New York University School of Law, 2020

Ava Gerami, University of Virginia School of Law, 2020

Peter Gonzales, Notre Dame Law School, 2020

Jon Gould, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2019

Mick Harris, Willamette University College of Law, 2019

Charles Isaacs, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2020

Bridget Lawson, Willamette University College of Law, 2020

Bianca Lopez, Stetson University College of Law, 2020

Lauren Martin, Wake Forest University School of Law, 2019

Scott McMurtry, William & Mary Law School, 2019

Evan Miller, Santa Clara University School of Law, 2019

Christian Ogata, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, 2020

Allison Perlin, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2020

Russell Quarles, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2019

Brianna Seid, New York University School of Law, 2020

Connor Sonksen, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, 2019

Candace Square, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 2020

William Tucker, University of Virginia School of Law, 2020

Brady Williams, UC Berkeley School of Law, 2019

Oday Yousif, California Western School of Law, 2020


“I am very thankful to be a part of the ACS NGL program. Not only do NGLs have incredible opportunities offered to them, but also a large network of support ranging from the national office to other NGL members. I am so proud to be a part of ACS, and I am even prouder to be an NGL.” – Kelly M. Johnson, 2017 J.D. Candidate, University of North Dakota School of Law

Past NGLs

Check back for profiles on Past ACS Next Generation Leaders