Southeast Regional Convening

Join progressive law students and lawyers from across the Southeast for the ACS Southeast Regional Convening. Join us to reframe and shape the debate, and strengthen the progressive legal network.

September 23, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ETSupreme Court Voting Cases: The Betrayal of Originalism, Textualism, and Prudence

In our kickoff event for the Southeast Regional Convening, we’ll discuss the intersection of Originalism and the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision, why Rucho v. Common Cause presented a judicial case and controversy, and the need for a new Voting Rights Act. Intertwined within these discussions will be information regarding the history of voting rights and nuanced campaign finance issues. The event features Brendan T. Beery, Professor, WMU-Cooley Law School; and Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Professor of Law and ACS Faculty Advisor, Stetson University College of Law. Register here.


October 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET: Barriers to Voting and Representation in Georgia 

The second panel of the Southeast Regional Convening examines barriers to registering to vote, navigating acceptance of ballots, and structural issues that prevent votes from translating into representation. The panelists will conclude with a discussion of on-going legal and advocacy efforts to secure the right to vote. The event features, Aklima Khondoker, Georgia State Director, All Voting is Local; Bryan Sells, Managing Member, The Law Office of Bryan Sells; Member, ACS Georgia Lawyer Chapter Executive Board; Tejas Dave, President, ACS Emory Student Chapter, Moderator. Register here.


Oct 7, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET: Protecting the Right to Vote Training: Levels of Advocacy  

This interactive third presentation of the Southeast Regional Convening will offer case studies to reflect the different suppression issues Americans face when accessing the ballot box while offering clear steps as to how you can advocate to protect the right to vote. Learn the skills to successfully advocate for voting rights at the different levels of local and state government, including advancing legislation, proposing ballot initiatives, and establishing effective relationships with election officials. The event features Samuel Vilchez Santiago, Florida Campaign Manager, All Voting it Local. Register here.


October 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET: Civil Rights: Contemporary Perspectives and Advocacy

ACS is pleased to announce the 4th event in our Southeast Regional Convening series, which will briefly discuss the history of Civil Rights in the Supreme Court and then transition to our panelists' respective organizations' perspectives on "Civil Rights" and their advocacy to advance those view. The goal of this Panel is to encourage a broad array of perspectives and discussion on 1) the evolution of Civil Rights in American jurisprudence; and 2) contemporary Civil Rights issues that our panelists are litigating or advocating on. This panel will be moderated by Professor Patricia Broussard, who teaches Constitutional Law at FAMU College of Law. She will start our panel by introducing our topic and our panelists. This even features: Ari Bargil, Attorney, Institute for Justice; Shirley Jefferson, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity and Professor of law, Vermont Law School; and Daniel Tilley, Legal Director, ACLU Florida; ACS Next Generation Leader. Register here.