Get Involved

Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer your time?

The American Constitution Society can help you get involved.

 

 

 

Welcome to the ACS Volunteer page! If you’re looking for a way to contribute to the progressive resistance, you’ve come to the right place. Through our volunteer efforts, we connect lawyers and law students across the country to opportunities tailored to their interests, skills, and schedule.  We are constantly looking for volunteers for ongoing research and pro bono projects and would love your help. Information on some of our current projects can be found below. Please email us at [email protected] if you’d like to help! Also, if you know of any volunteer opportunities or trainings where our members could be helpful, please send an email to [email protected] with the details. Thank you for supporting our efforts!

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-In an effort to increase the transparency of political ads, ProPublica has built a political ad-monitoring tool – a browser extension that works with Firefox or Chrome – that collects political ads that are shown to users when they log into Facebook. The tool collects no personal information at all from users, but collects the ads and places them in a public database so that they can be fact-checked and politicians can be held accountable for their campaign promises. Please join in the efforts to increase transparency and accountability by using the browser extensions today

- Join the fight to help those impacted by the end of DACA. You can join the Defend Our Dreams Campaign here, find out about DACA related events here, and join United We Dream here.

- ACS is closely monitoring the developing situation in Houston and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Texas Supreme Court recently issued an emergency order allowing attorneys barred in any U.S. state to provide pro bono legal services to state residents, expanding volunteer opportunities to our entire ACS network. We are currently reaching out to legal aid organizations in Texas to coordinate the provision of pro bono legal services by ACS volunteers. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer by emailing [email protected]. Law students working through clinics and lawyers are welcome. 

- ACS needs volunteers to help with an ongoing vetting project. The project entails researching the background of a political nominees. It should only take a few hours of time and mostly requires use of the internet. If you are interested in volunteering, please email [email protected]

- You can help educate the rising generation on constitutional issues by volunteering with ACS's Constitution in the Classroom Program. Volunteers help teach a lesson to elementary, middle, and high school students around Consitution Day in September. ACS provides instructions, lesson plans, and pocket constitutions for the students. Find out more here and sign-up to volunteer here.

- The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is seeking volunteers to help with their Election Protection program Volunteer can help by answering voters’ questions and respond to issues though the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline and responding to and monitor voting problems at the polls in targeted locations as they arise. Election Protection will be active throughout 2017 in several municipal, state, and special elections. If you are interested in these volunteer opportunities, please email [email protected] with your name, preferred email, and zip code.

- The National Women's Law Center is launching the first national legal network to combat sex discrimination faced by women and girls. The Legal Network for Gender Equity has initially recruited 75 attorneys from across the country who stand ready to represent women and girls experiencing sex discrimination on the job, at school, and in the health care system. The Center is assembling the infrastructure for the network to become fully operational later this year and will continue to expand its network—with the goal of attorneys participating in every state. If you are an attorney interested in taking part in this Network please fill out your information at http://www.nwlc.org/legalnetworksignup. Please be sure to indicate on the volunteer form that you learned about the Legal Network for Gender Equality through ACS.

- The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition is seeking volunteers who speak Spanish, French or Arabic to help answer its detention line. If you are able to help, please visit https://www.caircoalition.org/how-to-help/volunteering.

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You can join ACS or renew your membership here, and engage with your local lawyer chapter here. If there isn't a chapter in your area, email us today at [email protected] to help start one.