Russ Feingold

President

Russ Feingold is the President of the American Constitution Society. He served as a United States Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011 and a Wisconsin State Senator from 1983 to 1993. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the United States Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

During his 18 years in the United States Senate, Russ was ranked 6th in the Senate for bipartisan voting. He is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and cosponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold Act), the only major piece of campaign finance reform legislation passed into law in decades. Russ was the only Senator to vote against the initial enactment of the USA PATRIOT Act during the first vote on the legislation and was well-known for his opposition to the Iraq War and as the Senate's leading opponent of the death penalty. He served on the Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Budget, and Intelligence Committees. Russ was Chairman or Ranking Member of the Constitution Subcommittee.

For the better part of the last 10 years and in addition to his congressional and diplomatic career, Russ has taught extensively at various American law schools including Stanford Law School, Yale Law School, Marquette University Law School, and Harvard Law School. In this capacity, he has played a significant mentoring role to law students, preparing him for his role as President of the American Constitution Society. He has also taught foreign policy to graduate and undergraduate students at Stanford University, University of Wisconsin, Yale University, Lawrence University, and American University.

Russ is the Honorary Ambassador for the Campaign for Nature which is a global effort calling on policymakers to commit to address the growing biodiversity crisis. The Campaign seeks a science-driven, ambitious new deal for nature at the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming, China, in 2021.

Russ recently co-authored The Constitution in Jeopardy: An Unprecedented Effort to Rewrite Our Fundamental Law and What We Can Do About It (2022) with Peter Prindiville, Non-resident Fellow, Stanford Constitutional Law Center.

Russ also is the author While America Sleeps: A Wake-Up Call for the Post-9/11 Era and contributes regularly to various publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. He appears frequently on MSNBC and CNN. Russ holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, all degrees awarded with honors.

 

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Judges and Democracy

Russ Feingold January 26, 2024

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SCOTUS To Take Up Abortion, Again

Russ Feingold January 11, 2024

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Priorities for 2024

Russ Feingold January 4, 2024

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Maximize the Week

Russ Feingold December 14, 2023

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We Need to Be Prepared

Russ Feingold December 8, 2023

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Tick, Tock, Confirm

Russ Feingold November 30, 2023

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Looking Ahead to Election Day 2024

Russ Feingold November 10, 2023

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Pay Attention to Election Day 2023

Russ Feingold November 3, 2023

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Another Rising Threat to Our Democracy

Russ Feingold September 15, 2023

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Closing out the SCOTUS Term

Russ Feingold June 30, 2023

 

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Be Critical of the Court

Russ Feingold June 22, 2023

 

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A Week for the History Books

Russ Feingold June 15, 2023

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What a Convention!

Russ Feingold May 26, 2023

 

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A Week in the Law

Russ Feingold May 12, 2023

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Fill the Fifth Circuit Vacancy

Russ Feingold April 14, 2023

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A Week for the Rule of Law

Russ Feingold April 7, 2023

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The Power of a Single Judge

Russ Feingold March 17, 2023

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It's Not Enough

Russ Feingold March 9, 2023

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President Biden's First 100 Judges

Russ Feingold February 16, 2023

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Commute Federal Death Row

Russ Feingold February 10, 2023

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Celebrating Black History Month

Russ Feingold February 3, 2023

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Judicial Math

Russ Feingold January 26, 2023

 

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50 Years After Roe v. Wade

Russ Feingold January 20, 2023

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We Need More Judges

Russ Feingold January 13, 2023

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Two Years Later

Russ Feingold January 6, 2023

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Wrapping Up 2022

Russ Feingold December 23, 2022

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Now Is Not the Time to Look Away

Russ Feingold December 9, 2022

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A Week for Fundamental Freedoms

Russ Feingold December 2, 2022

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Confirm 30

Russ Feingold November 18, 2022

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Midterm Election Takeaways

Russ Feingold November 11, 2022

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Elections and Affirmative Action

Russ Feingold November 4, 2022

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Poll Workers Still Needed

Russ Feingold October 28, 2022

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Bracing for the New SCOTUS Term

Russ Feingold September 29, 2022

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The Constitution is in Jeopardy

Russ Feingold September 22, 2022

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Dear Senate, Please Prioritize Judges

Russ Feingold September 8, 2022

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Democracy’s Moment of Truth

Russ Feingold June 10, 2022

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Celebrating PRIDE Month

Russ Feingold June 3, 2022

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Support Abortion Funds

Russ Feingold May 12, 2022

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Celebrating Judge Jackson

Russ Feingold March 25, 2022

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A Busy Week for Democracy

Russ Feingold March 4, 2022

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Our Network is Our Strength

Russ Feingold February 17, 2022

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Run. Vote. Work. Uphold Our Democracy.

Russ Feingold February 11, 2022

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Our Values

Russ Feingold May 18, 2020

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Fireside Chat with Russ Feingold

October 18, 2023

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ACS Drake: Russ Feingold & Friends

October 16, 2023

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SiriusXM: Senator Russ Feingold on SCOTUS Ethics

June 26, 2023

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On SCOTUS Reform with Russ Feingold

February 1, 2023

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Lunch with Russ Feingold

October 25, 2022

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Lunch with Russ Feingold

September 22, 2022

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Virtual Lunch with Russ Feingold

April 6, 2022

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Russ Feingold on Surveillance and Privacy

September 13, 2021

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Russ Feingold on The Mehdi Hasan Show

Russ Feingold October 15, 2020

 

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Russ Feingold on The Beat with Ari Melber

Russ Feingold October 15, 2020

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Daily Kos: It Will Be Inexcusable

January 8, 2024

 

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Episode 132: Optional Ethics

November 28, 2023

 

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The Death Penalty in America

October 31, 2023

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The Death Penalty in America

October 27, 2023

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2023 Progressive Law Benefit

October 12, 2023

 

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ACS Statement on Legacy of Senator Feinstein

September 29, 2023

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Supreme Court Preview 2023-2024

September 28, 2023

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ACS Statement on the Start of New SCOTUS Term

September 28, 2023

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National Supreme Court Preview 2023-2024

September 28, 2023

 

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Texas Road Trip

September 13, 2023

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ACS Cautions against a Constitutional Convention

August 23, 2023

 

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Episode 116: Watch These Spaces

August 9, 2023

 

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ACS Condemns Censure of Montana Legislator

April 26, 2023

 

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Vanderbilt Law School

March 6, 2023

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Newsweek: Hold Elected Officials Accountable on Judges

January 27, 2023

 

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Our Supporters

December 13, 2022

 

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2022: A Year in Review

December 13, 2022

 

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Message From The President

December 9, 2022

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ACS Statement on the Deadly Mass Shooting at Club Q

November 21, 2022

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ACS Oregon: 2022 Annual Dinner

October 28, 2022

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ACS Chicago Legal Legends Reception

October 3, 2022

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Episode 68: The Constitution Is In Jeopardy

September 20, 2022

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National Supreme Court Preview 2022-2023

September 16, 2022

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National Supreme Court Preview 2022-2023

September 15, 2022

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Celebrating PRIDE Month

Russ Feingold June 3, 2022

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Pre-Convention Events

May 24, 2022

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Support Abortion Funds

Russ Feingold May 12, 2022

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Celebrating Judge Jackson

Russ Feingold March 25, 2022

 

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Become a Poll Worker Today!

March 9, 2022

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A Busy Week for Democracy

Russ Feingold March 4, 2022

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Our Network is Our Strength

Russ Feingold February 17, 2022

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Run. Vote. Work. Uphold Our Democracy.

Russ Feingold February 11, 2022

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February 1, 2022

 

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Our Supporters

December 17, 2021

 

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Our Work

December 17, 2021

 

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Message From The President

December 16, 2021

 

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Message From The Chair

December 16, 2021

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Judicial Candidate Training

November 8, 2021

 

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November 2021: Loren Kieve

November 1, 2021

 

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Give to ACS - DM EOY 2021

October 28, 2021

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The Berkeley Forum

October 27, 2021

 

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Let’s Dismantle the Surveillance State

October 20, 2021

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Episode 16: Legal Legacy of 9/11, Part II

September 21, 2021

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The Patriot Act, 20 Years Later

September 20, 2021

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Patriots, Politics and Playing for Pay

September 14, 2021

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9/11 Changed US National Security

September 10, 2021

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SCOTUS Allows TX Abortion Ban To Go Into Effect

September 1, 2021

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How Democrats Lost the Courts

July 28, 2021

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Episode 1 - What is ACS?

June 8, 2021

 

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National Convention - Friday

June 2, 2021

 

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National Convention - Monday

June 2, 2021

 

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Is the Constitution in the way of DC statehood?

May 12, 2021

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Kill the Switch/Filibuster

April 15, 2021

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What Next for Court Reform?

April 9, 2021

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What’s Next for Court Reform?

April 8, 2021

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What Next for Court Reform?

April 8, 2021

 

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2021 ACS Student Convention

March 4, 2021

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Reckoning with the Constitution

March 3, 2021

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Reckoning with the Constitution

March 2, 2021

 

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Editor’s Note

Steven D. Schwinn February 3, 2021

 

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Impeachment and Accountability

January 21, 2021

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Trump Administration Should Halt Executions

December 10, 2020

 

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Saving the Supreme Court from Itself

Russ Feingold November 2, 2020

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Threats to American Democracy

October 28, 2020

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Community event

October 15, 2020

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Surviving Law School

September 30, 2020

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Public Service & Gerrymandering

September 29, 2020

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The 2020-2021 Supreme Court Preview

September 24, 2020

 

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The 2020-2021 Supreme Court Preview

September 22, 2020

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ACS Oregon: Virtual Annual Dinner

September 16, 2020

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2020 Western Regional Convening

September 11, 2020

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Keith Nelson’s Execution Was No Act of Justice

August 28, 2020

 

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Western Regional Convening

August 27, 2020

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Dustin Honken Executed

July 17, 2020

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ACS’s Commitment to Workers’ Rights

April 10, 2020

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Pandemic at the Courthouse Doors

April 7, 2020

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2020 Yale ACS Conference

March 20, 2020

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Lawyers of ACS

January 24, 2019

 

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Leadership

January 18, 2018

 

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Student Chapter of the Week

March 31, 2011