Next Generation Leaders
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.
Benefits of NGL program: 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 like-minded members of the ACS network.
NGLs are integral to 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.
2020 Next Generation Leaders
ACS has selected the 2020 participants in our Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program. NGLs are 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.
2020 Class of Next Generation Leaders
David Adeleye, Indiana University Maurer School of Law ‘21
Rashmi Borah, Emory University School of Law ‘20
Connor Clegg, University of Wisconsin Law School ‘21
Ian Courts, North Carolina Central University School of Law ‘20
Brett Graham, Georgetown University Law Center ‘21
Rebecca Guterman, NYU School of Law ‘21
Hayley Hahn, University of Virginia School of Law ‘21
Morgan Higgins, The University of Oklahoma College of Law ‘21
Benjamin James, American University Washington College of Law ‘21
Paulina Kennedy, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law ‘20
Allison Lantero, Notre Dame Law School ‘21
Bobby Larsen, University of Nebraska College of Law ‘21
Julia Manacher, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law ‘21
Natasha Martinez, University of Missouri School of Law ‘21
Sabrina McGraw, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law ‘20
David McIntyre, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law ‘21
Erika Melanson, University of Idaho College of Law ‘21
Radhe Patel, Harvard Law School ‘20
Amanda Pescovitz, The George Washington University Law School ‘20
Samuel Rubinstein, University of Michigan Law School ‘21
Justine Sheehan, Boston College Law School ‘21
Andrew Shulman, University of Denver Sturm College of Law ‘20
George Thurlow, Stetson University College of Law ‘21
Rabiya Tirmizi, California Western School of Law ‘20
Dustin Weber, Santa Clara University School of Law ‘20
Kevin Witenoff, Vanderbilt Law School ‘21
“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
Law Student Champions the Vulnerable, The Hinsdalean. Allison Lantero is a 2020 Next Generation Leader from Notre Dame Law School.
Kevin Witenoff ’21 selected as American Constitution Society Next Generation Leader, Vanderbilt Law School. Kevin Witenoff is a 2020 Next Generation Leader from Vanderbilt Law School.
Immigration-Focused ASU Law Student Selected for Elite Leadership Role, Arizona State University. Julia Manacher is a 2020 Next Generation Leader from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Student Will Represent UI in American Constitution Society, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Erika Melanson is a 2020 Next Generation Leader from the University of Idaho College of Law.