• What’s Next?: A Supreme Court Vacancy?

    On May 31, 2018, ACS hosted a webinar: What’s Next?: A Supreme Court Vacancy?

    As many of us know, a Supreme Court vacancy could arise at any moment. We know from the right’s singular focus on packing the lower courts with ideological judges, many of whom are on this Administration’s Supreme Court short list, that the goal is to shift the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence for a generation, with a particular eye on overturning Roe, Obergefell, and numerous other decisions that recognize important rights that we should not take for granted.

    Moderated by: Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society


    Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California, Berkeley School of Law and Member, ACS National Board of Directors

    Pamela S. Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law; Co-director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford Law School and Chair, ACS National Board of Directors

    Melissa Murray, Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, University of California, Berkeley School of Law and Member, ACS National Board of Directors

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  • Building on Brown v. Board of Education

    On the 64th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the New Jersey Coalition for Diverse and Inclusive Schools filed suit to integrate New Jersey schools and fix the state’s segregated education system, ranked the 6th most segregated in the country.

    Join the ACS to learn about the groundbreaking case and policies that drive longstanding discrimination. Speakers will discuss New Jersey’s history leading the way in civil rights, with landmark decisions that promote residential integration and ensure fair funding for poor urban schools. The webinar will address proposed remedies to integrate schools.

    For more information on the suit brought in New Jersey and efforts to desegregate schools, visit inclusiveschoolsnj.org.



    Hon. Gary Saul Stein, former Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court

    Elise Boddie, ACS Board Member and Professor of Law, Rutgers University

    Caroline Fredrickson, ACS President (moderator)


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  • Judicial Gerrymandering? The Voting Rights Act, Judicial Elections, and Redistricting

    On May 2, ACS held a call reviewing Voting Rights Act jurisprudence as it relates to judicial elections, in light of recent events. In recent weeks, the North Carolina General Assembly has proposed redrawing the map of the state's District and Superior courts. Analysis of one proposed new map found it to be a racial and partisan gerrymander, with significant population deviations. The changes would “double-bunk” incumbent judges, reducing the number of judges of color in the state. The call discusses the status of recent litigation challenging judicial districts under the VRA, such as Terrebonne Parish NAACP v. Jindal, and Alabama NAACP v. Alabama. Panelists underscore the importance of a diverse judiciary and independent state courts and how judicial redistricting can promote or undermine those aims.


    • Leah Aden, Senior Counsel, NAACP-LDF
    • Kareem Crayton, Executive Director, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
    • David Lyle, ACS (moderator)
    • Ezra Rosenberg, Co-Director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

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  • The Travel Ban at the Supreme Court: A Briefing on Trump v. Hawaii

    On April 25, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in the much-awaited case of Trump v. Hawaii, the challenge brought by the state asserting, among other things, that the Administration’s executive order barring admission into the U. S. from certain predominantly Muslim countries and suspending refugee admissions violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and federal immigration law. Join ACS for a discussion of the legal questions under review by the Court and what’s at stake.


    • Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society, Moderator
    • Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Doug Chin, Attorney General of Hawaii March 2015 - February 2018
    • Thomas Berg, James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of St. Thomas School of Law
    • Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and Clinical Professor of Law; Founder and Director, Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Penn State Law 

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  • Crossing the Rubicon: President Trump’s Escalating Threats to the Russia Investigation

    On April 13, ACS hosted a conference call on the recent developments in the special counsel's Russia investigation and the President's escalating threats to the ongoing probe. Featuring Barbara McQuade, professor of practice at the University of Michigan Law School and former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and Renato Mariotti, partner at Thompson Coburn LLP and former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

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