Trans Rights in the Trump Era

The Supreme Court vacated and remanded the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender student in Virginia who sought to use the same bathrooms as other male students use at his school. The remand, which came just three weeks before the case was scheduled to be argued, followed the Trump administration’s withdrawal of Department of Education guidelines defining discrimination based on gender identity as “sex discrimination” under Title IX and requiring schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity. Mark Joseph Stern, Writer, Slate, Kylar Broadus, senior counsel, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, Katie Eyer, associate professor of law, Rutgers Law School, David McDonald, legal associate, Cato Institute, and John Paul Schnapper-Casters, special counsel for appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy, NAACP Legal Educational Fund had a discussion about these ongoing trans issues.

Featured Speakers:
Caroline Fredrickson, president, American Constitution Society, Introduction
Mark Joseph Stern, writer, Slate, Moderator
Kylar Broadus, senior counsel, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
Katie Eyer, associate professor of law, Rutgers Law School
David McDonald, legal associate, Cato Institute
John Paul Schnapper-Casters, special counsel for appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy, NAACP Legal Educational Fund


Voting Rights Institute Launch

To strengthen their work to protect voting rights, ACS and the Campaign Legal Center unveiled the next phase of their Voting Rights Institute (VRI) project at the National Press Club on October 2. The event formally announced that the voting rights trainings that ACS and the Campaign legal center have been conducting across the nation for more than a year will now have a permanent home at Georgetown University Law Center.

Featured Speakers:

Wendy Davis, former Texas State Senator
Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society
J. Gerald Hebert, Executive Director & Director of Litigation, Campaign Legal Center
William Treanor, Dean, Georgetown University Law Center

2015 National Convention Opening Gala

On June 11, the American Constitution Society hosted the first day of its 2015 National Convention. ACS President Caroline Fredrickson provided a welcome address, and Zachary Norris of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights accepted the David Carliner Award.

ACS New York Constitution Day Luncheon

On September 17, the ACS honored its 2014 Keeping Faith with the Constitution honorees at its New York Constitution Day Luncheon. The honorees were Debo P. Adegbile of WilmerHale and Gregory B. Craig of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

During the luncheon Christine A. Varney of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and member of the National Board of Directors for the American Constitution Society moderated a discussion with the honorees. Caroline Fredrickson, President of the American Constitution Society provided an introduction.

The event featured a candid discussion between our honorees on the value of pro bono work and government service, highlighting what is at stake for lawyers who represent unpopular clients and why the legal community must publicly support lawyers who take on these challenging cases.

2014-2015 Supreme Court Preview

ACS hosted its annual Supreme Court Preview at the National Press Club. ACS President Caroline Fredrickson provided the introduction and National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen moderated the panel discussion.

Panel Discussion featured:

Gregory Garre, Partner at Latham & Watkins,

Martin Lederman, Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center,

William Marshall, the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law

Emily Martin, Vice President and General Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center

Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.