Caroline Fredrickson

President Emerita

Caroline Fredrickson joined ACS in 2009 as its President and currently serves as the President Emerita.

During her tenure, Fredrickson has helped grow ACS, which now has lawyer chapters across the country, student chapters in nearly every law school in the United States, and thousands of members throughout the nation. She is an eloquent spokesperson for ACS and the progressive movement on issues such as civil and human rights, judicial nominations and the importance of the courts in America, marriage equality, voting rights, the role of money in politics, labor law, and anti-discrimination efforts, among others.

Fredrickson has published works on many legal and constitutional issues and is a frequent guest on television and radio, including noteworthy appearances on “All in with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC in 2018 discussing the Russia investigation. She is also the author of Under The Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over and “The Democracy Fix: How to Win the Fight for Fair Rules, Fair Courts, and Fair Elections”.

Before joining ACS, Fredrickson served as the Director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office and as General Counsel and Legal Director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. In addition, she served as the Chief of Staff to Senator Maria Cantwell, of Washington, and Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, of South Dakota. During the Clinton Administration, she served as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.

Fredrickson is currently co-chair of the National Constitution Center's Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board, a member of If/When/How’s Advisory Board, and on the boards of American Oversight and the National Institute of Money and Politics. In 2015 Fredrickson was appointed a member of the Yale Les Aspin Fellowship Committee.

Fredrickson received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.A. from Yale University in Russian and East European Studies summa cum laude. She clerked for the Hon. James L. Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Follow her on Twitter @crfredrickson.

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Investigating the Investigators

Caroline Fredrickson June 18, 2018

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Rank Hypocrisy

Caroline Fredrickson May 7, 2018

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Affirming the Rule of Law

Caroline Fredrickson April 20, 2018

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Hope on Equal Pay Day

Caroline Fredrickson April 10, 2018

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#Nothingburger Memo

Caroline Fredrickson February 5, 2018

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#TrumpUnderOath

Caroline Fredrickson January 30, 2018

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One Year of Court Packing

Caroline Fredrickson January 22, 2018

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Caroline Fredrickson Book Talk

September 4, 2019

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The Democracy Fix: Q&A with Caroline Fredrickson

July 19, 2019

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Book talk with Caroline Fredrickson

September 4, 2019

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Impeachment Resources from the ACS Network

November 21, 2019

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A Message from Pam Karlan, ACS Board Chair

August 13, 2019

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Briefing Call on Mueller's Testimony

July 25, 2019

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2018-2019 Supreme Court Review

July 1, 2019

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Dark Money Reshaping Judiciary

May 23, 2019

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What's Next? After the Mueller Report

April 29, 2019

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How Trump is Reshaping the Courts

April 2, 2019

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2019 National Convention Program

March 26, 2019

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National Convention Speakers

March 26, 2019

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Release the Mueller Report

March 23, 2019

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Member News: Week of Dec. 31, 2018

January 2, 2019

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Member News: Week of September 10, 2018

September 13, 2018

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Hope on Equal Pay Day

Caroline Fredrickson April 10, 2018

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Possible Federal and State Crimes

March 26, 2018

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#Nothingburger Memo

Caroline Fredrickson February 5, 2018

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#TrumpUnderOath

Caroline Fredrickson January 30, 2018

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One Year of Court Packing

Caroline Fredrickson January 22, 2018

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Project Resources

December 11, 2017

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Pardon Power

December 11, 2017

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Texas vs. the DREAMers, Again

August 24, 2017

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Trans Rights in the Trump Era

March 23, 2017

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Foreign Influence and the Presidency

January 24, 2017

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The Calm After the Voting Rights Storm?

January 12, 2017

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Voting Rights Institute Launch

October 2, 2015

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2015 ACS Supreme Court Preview

September 28, 2015

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"Woman's Focus" with Susan Thom Loubet

August 26, 2015

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ACS New York Constitution Day Luncheon

September 17, 2014

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2014-2015 Supreme Court Preview

September 16, 2014

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Judging Civil Legal Aid

June 20, 2014

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Oklahoma's Constitutional Crisis

May 2, 2014

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2013 ACS Highlights

October 21, 2013

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Supreme Court Preview 2013-2014

September 16, 2013

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2012-2013 Supreme Court Review

June 25, 2013

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2013 Convention Videos

June 14, 2013

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Celebrating the Constitution

September 20, 2012

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2012-2013 Supreme Court Preview

September 20, 2012

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2011-2012 Supreme Court Review

June 19, 2012

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Closing the Justice Gap

June 22, 2011

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The Path to the Federal Bench

May 31, 2011