June 14, 2022

American Constitution Society Celebrates Student Leadership With 2022 Virtual Graduation Ceremony  

Contact: Pablo Willis, pwillis@acslaw.org

Washington, DC – Today, the American Constitution Society held a virtual graduation to recognize the brilliance and passion of its Class of 2022 ACS Leaders. At the Ceremony, the American Constitution Society also presented its annual student chapter awards to recognize the achievements of its Student Chapters.

ACS recognizes the pressures student leaders are faced with in and outside of the classroom. Nevertheless, each graduate remained steadfast in their commitment towards higher learning and working to improve the lives of all people. “Now more than ever – we need students who have the tenacity, optimism, and determination to face adversity within our legal systems head on, in order to diversify and restore hope in our democracy” says ACS President Russ Feingold.

In addition to Feingold, the graduates heard special remarks from Zinelle October, ACS’s Executive Vice President and Adam Miller, the Deputy General Counsel & Director of Judicial Appointments for the Office of Governor Tim Walz & Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. Adam is also the Co-President of the ACS Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter. They also received a commencement address from the Honorable Loren L. AliKhan, Associate Judge, D.C. Court of Appeals.

ACS Student Board Member Zoraima Pelaez, a 2022 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, also addressed the graduates.

During the ceremony, ACS presented its annual chapter awards. The University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law was honored as the 2022 ACS Rising Chapter of the Year. The University of Chicago Law School received the 2022 Reproductive Rights and Justice Award. This annual award is presented in conjunction with the Center for Reproductive Rights. The following ACS Student Chapters were recognized with the 2022 Programming Award:

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Harvard Law School
  • New York University School of Law
  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Stanford Law School
  • The University of Texas School of Law
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • University of Missouri School of Law
  • University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • Yale Law School

The University of Missouri School of Law was recognized as the 2022 Student Chapter of the Year.


ACS believes that the Constitution is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” We interpret the Constitution based on its text and against the backdrop of history and lived experience. Through a diverse nationwide network of progressive lawyers, law students, judges, scholars, and many others, we work to uphold the Constitution in the 21st Century by ensuring that law is a force for protecting our democracy and the public interest and for improving people’s lives. For more information, visit us at www.acslaw.org or on Twitter at @acslaw.