September 17, 2019

The Constitution and the 2020 Election

On September 17, ACS held a discussion of what’s at stake and what the candidates should be asked as they seek our nation’s highest office.

As the presidential election heats up, the future of reproductive justice, voting rights, and criminal justice, among other constitutional commitments, are all at stake. Regardless of who is elected, the president will be asked not only to articulate their vision of the Constitution and who is included in “We the People,” but will also have an opportunity to make that vision and these commitments real through the appointment of judges.

Featured Speakers:

Leah Litman, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Vincent Southerland, Executive Director, NYU School of Law’s Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law

Daniel Tokaji, Associate Dean for Faculty and The Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Professor of Constitutional Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Debra Perlin, Director of Policy and Program, ACS, Moderator

Resources on the Constitution and the 2020 Election

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Upcoming Signature Events

  • Attend the 2019 Progressive Law Benefit on September 19 in Minneapolis, MN. RSVP here.
  • Attend the 2019-2020 Supreme Court Preview on September 25 in Washington, DC. RSVP here.
  • Attend the 2019 Northeast Ohio Annual Luncheon on September 26 in Cleveland, OH. RSVP here.
  • Attend the 2019 ACS National Lawyer Conveningin Atlanta on October 17-19. Public interest fellowships are available here.
  • Save the date: ACS’s S. Supreme Court group swearing-in ceremonywill be held on April 6, 2020.
  • Save the date: 2020 ACS National Conventionin Washington, DC on June 11-13, 2020.