American Constitution Society

American Constitution Society The leading progressive legal organization promoting the U.S. Constitution and the values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice and democracy.
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Address: 1899 L St. NW, Suite 200 | Washington, DC 20036 The American Constitution Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Mission: 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. Our Vision: The American Constitution Society realizes the promises of the U.S. Constitution by building and leading a diverse legal community that dedicates itself to advancing and defending democracy, justice, equality, and liberty; to securing a government that serves the public interest; and to guarding against the abuse of law and the concentration of power.

Mission: The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. These abiding principles are reflected in the vision of the Constitution’s framers and the wisdom of forward-looking leaders who have shaped our law throughout American history. As a result of their efforts, the Constitution has retained its authority and relevance for each new generation. In recent years, an activist conservative legal movement has gained influence – eroding these enduring values and presenting the law as a series of sterile abstractions. This new orthodoxy, which threatens to dominate our courts and our laws, does a grave injustice to the American vision. The American Constitution Society embraces the progress our nation has made toward full embodiment of the Constitution’s core values. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. We are revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislatures and the media, and we are building a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. Through these efforts, ACS will ensure that the institutions of American law reflect the highest values of our nation and serve the needs of its people.

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10/23/2020
On The Issues: Russ Feingold

ACS President Russ Feingold on Marquette University Law School’s “On the Issues” with Mike Gousha: “Progressives and Democrats and others may have no choice but to consider changing the basic nature of judicial tenure, or the number of members on the Supreme Court. Our organization does not endorse particular proposals. But something has to be done.” https://youtu.be/M86nJpep954

What do you think?

Mike will be talking with Russ Feingold, president of the American Constitution Society (ACS) and former U.S. senator—This will be the first of two conversat...

Judge Barrett must give constitutional meaning to the lived experiences of marginalized people seeking to exercise their...
10/20/2020
Abortion Access for Low-Income People is at Stake in the Amy Coney Barrett Nomination | ACS

Judge Barrett must give constitutional meaning to the lived experiences of marginalized people seeking to exercise their fundamental rights, argue Joel Dodge and Claire Shennan in a new blog post on abortion access

The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett threatens to radicalize the Supreme Court. Barrett's record demonstrates that she is fundamentally hostile to reproductive rights, and within her judicia

“Lisa Montgomery has long accepted full responsibility for her crime, and she will never leave prison….But her severe me...
10/19/2020
U.S. to carry out first federal execution of a woman in seven decades

“Lisa Montgomery has long accepted full responsibility for her crime, and she will never leave prison….But her severe mental illness and the devastating impacts of her childhood trauma make executing her a profound injustice.” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-carry-out-first-federal-execution-woman-seven-decades-n1243824

Lisa Montgomery is scheduled to be put to death on Dec. 8 for the 2004 murder of a pregnant woman in Missouri. It would be the first federal execution of a woman since 1953.

10/15/2020
The Beat with Ari Melber

ACS President Russ Feingold addressed the Barrett nomination on
The Beat with Ari Melber. He criticized the hearings as an ordinary response to an extraordinary and illegitimate nomination.

10/13/2020
The Mehdi Hasan Show on Twitter

New from ACS President Russ Feingold on The Mehdi Hasan Show.

"The law students and junior lawyers who fill the ranks of the American Constitution Society’s over 200 chapters nationwide, will not let them [the Right] succeed. They tell me every day that they are going to fight for their future, and win." Read more: https://www.acslaw.org/press_release/supreme-court-confirmation-is-stealing-the-future-of-generations-to-come/

“"This is a power-grab of unprecedented proportions and it has to be answered in some way." Former Democratic senator @russfeingold doesn’t mince words. https://t.co/Nx7lIsINRn”

ACS President Russ Feingold released this statement as the Senate begins hearings for SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett: ...
10/12/2020
Supreme Court Confirmation is Stealing the Future of Generations to Come | ACS

ACS President Russ Feingold released this statement as the Senate begins hearings for SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett: "The Right will have cause to realize that its fantasy of a docile population content to be governed by a council of judicial overlords acting on behalf of a privileged minority cannot be sustained. And it is dangerous, for our courts, and our democracy."

Read the full statement here: https://www.acslaw.org/press_release/supreme-court-confirmation-is-stealing-the-future-of-generations-to-come/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nancy Rodriguez [email protected] Washington, DC – American Constitution Society President Russ Feingold, who as a U.S. Senator served 16 years on the Judiciary Committee

Join ACS Bay Area on the 14th for their 11th Annual Gala with remarks from ACS President Russ Feingold, Kristen Clarke, ...
10/06/2020
ACS Bay Area: Eleventh Annual Gala – From Protests to Policy | ACS

Join ACS Bay Area on the 14th for their 11th Annual Gala with remarks from ACS President Russ Feingold, Kristen Clarke, Alicia Garza & Melissa Murray! Register here:

Join the ACS Bay Area Lawyer Chapter for our Eleventh Annual Gala and our first virtual gala event, as we address the transformative power of the nationwide protests following the murder of George Flo

Attend the ACS Southeast Regional Convening TOMORROW at 12pm ET for a training on protecting the right to vote. Register...
10/06/2020
Southeast Regional Convening | ACS

Attend the ACS Southeast Regional Convening TOMORROW at 12pm ET for a training on protecting the right to vote. Register here:

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. Mor

10/06/2020
Whistleblower Experts Discuss Election Integrity

Government Accountability Project’s Dana Gold, Senior Counsel and Director of Education, and Aman Panjwani, Democracy Fellow, will discuss how the Democracy Protection Initiative is advocating for election integrity.

Employees on the front lines of the election who witness wrongdoing are vital to protecting democracy. We’re explaining the importance of whistleblowers and the rights of employees within federal government agencies or state and local election programs.

Justices Thomas & Alito took a “legal baseball bat” to Obergefell, the 2015 SCOTUS decision legalizing same sex marriage...
10/06/2020
Justices Thomas, Alito Blast Supreme Court Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Rights

Justices Thomas & Alito took a “legal baseball bat” to Obergefell, the 2015 SCOTUS decision legalizing same sex marriage, saying the case had "ruinous consequences for religious liberty" explains Nina Totenberg

The two justices said the court's 2015 decision Obergefell v. Hodges hurt religious liberty and "created a problem that only it can fix."

10/05/2020
Government Accountability Project

Government Accountability Project

Government Accountability Project’s Dana Gold, Senior Counsel and Director of Education, and Aman Panjwani, Democracy Fellow, will discuss how the Democracy Protection Initiative is advocating for election integrity.

Employees on the front lines of the election who witness wrongdoing are vital to protecting democracy. We’re explaining the importance of whistleblowers and the rights of employees within federal government agencies or state and local election programs.

Learn more: democracy.whistleblower.org

“The law students and lawyers of today are going to continue the fight for justice, as generations before us have,” writ...
10/01/2020
Conservatives think they can shut down the struggle for justice, but we won’t let them - Wisconsin Examiner

“The law students and lawyers of today are going to continue the fight for justice, as generations before us have,” write ACS President Russ Feingold and Marquette School of Law student Ali Mahmood in a new column:
https://wisconsinexaminer.com/2020/09/30/conservatives-think-they-can-shut-down-the-struggle-for-justice-but-we-wont-let-them/

Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, the American Right has dreamed of ending the struggle for the equality and justice promised, but not yet achieved, under our Constitution’s many glittering generalities: If they could just lock down the Court, the Right has believed...

TODAY at 4 p.m. ET, join us to talk about the stakes regarding President Trump’s SCOTUS nomination, both on vital issues...
09/30/2020
What's Next?: The Stakes for Filling Justice Ginsburg's Supreme Court Vacancy | ACS

TODAY at 4 p.m. ET, join us to talk about the stakes regarding President Trump’s SCOTUS nomination, both on vital issues like health care and the threat to the ACA, and the Supreme Court as an institution. Register here: https://www.acslaw.org/event/whats-next-the-stakes-for-filling-justice-ginsburgs-supreme-court-vacancy/

As had been expected, on Saturday, September 26, President Donald Trump nominated to the United States Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Se

ACS President Russ Feingold: “With this naked power grab to steal yet another Supreme Court seat, Donald Trump and Mitch...
09/28/2020
Rushed Nomination Amid Election and Pandemic Threatens Supreme Court's Legitimacy | ACS

ACS President Russ Feingold: “With this naked power grab to steal yet another Supreme Court seat, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are playing with fire. But it is the American people who could get burned.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nancy Rodriguez [email protected] "With this naked power grab to steal yet another Supreme Court seat, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are playing with fire. But it

ACS President Russ Feingold released a statement in response to the federal government's execution of Christopher Vialva...
09/25/2020
Christopher Vialva is First Man in 70 Years to be Executed for Crimes Committed as a Teenager | ACS

ACS President Russ Feingold released a statement in response to the federal government's execution of Christopher Vialva, “There is no reason we as a society should judge a young person—whether 17, 18, or 19—as so irredeemable and beyond rehabilitation that we forfeit their life." Read the full statement here: https://www.acslaw.org/press_release/christopher-vialva-first-man-in-70-years-to-be-executed-for-crimes-committed-as-a-teenager/

Vialva was the first Black man to be executed since the Trump administration ended the 17-year federal moratorium on executions. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nancy Rodriguez [email protected] Washing

Tune in to the ACS Minneapolis-St. Paul 2020 Virtual Progressive Law Benefit live at 6:30pm ET! https://buff.ly/3coDw6C
09/24/2020

Tune in to the ACS Minneapolis-St. Paul 2020 Virtual Progressive Law Benefit live at 6:30pm ET! https://buff.ly/3coDw6C

ACS President Russ Feingold released the following statement in response to the Kentucky Attorney General not charging a...
09/24/2020
ACS Shares Anger Over Lack of Justice for Breonna Taylor | ACS

ACS President Russ Feingold released the following statement in response to the Kentucky Attorney General not charging any officers for their role in the death of Breonna Taylor: "The failure of the grand jury to return any indictments directly related to the killing of Breonna Taylor is disheartening and disturbing. ACS grieves with Breonna's family and the Louisville community, particularly its Black community, and shares in its anger at the failure of the criminal legal system to afford justice for Breonna."

Read the full statement here:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nancy Rodriguez [email protected] Washington, D.C. -- American Constitution Society President Russ Feingold released the following statement in response to the Kentucky A

“The American Constitution Society, and progressive groups generally, are in strong agreement that we believe it is enti...
09/23/2020
Russ Feingold on Why We Need to Talk About Expanding the Supreme Court

“The American Constitution Society, and progressive groups generally, are in strong agreement that we believe it is entirely inappropriate to take up a nomination prior to January 20th,” said ACS President Russ Feingold in The Nation

The president of the American Constitution Society talks about Justice Ginsburg’s death and the theft of Supreme Court seats.

ACS President Russ Feingold released the following statement in response to the fed govt’s execution of William LeCroy J...
09/23/2020
William LeCroy's Execution Part of "Stunning and Disturbing Trends" | ACS

ACS President Russ Feingold released the following statement in response to the fed govt’s execution of William LeCroy Jr: “There is simply no public safety justification for this summer’s sudden and massive number of executions.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nancy Rodriguez [email protected] Washington, D.C. – American Constitution Society President Russ Feingold released the following statement in response to the federal gov

This THURSDAY at 12:30 pm ET, join us for a preview of the Supreme Court term. Panelists will also reflect on the legacy...
09/22/2020
The 2020-2021 Supreme Court Preview

This THURSDAY at 12:30 pm ET, join us for a preview of the Supreme Court term. Panelists will also reflect on the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and what her absence will mean for the country, this term and the future of the Court. Register now

ACS will host its annual panel discussion at which a diverse group of experts will offer their insights previewing the Supreme Court Term that will begin

Today is National Voter Registration Day! Voting is our chance to decide what's best for the future of our families, com...
09/22/2020

Today is National Voter Registration Day! Voting is our chance to decide what's best for the future of our families, community, & country. Take 5 minutes today to make sure you are ready to vote by registering to vote or checking to see if your registration records are updated at nationalvoterregistrationday.org/register

09/19/2020

We celebrate the life and mourn the passing of one of the most influential and inspirational lawyers and jurists in American history, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. By means of her towering intellect and unflinching courage, she blazed a path toward a better life for American women, and all Americans. Under no circumstances should the Senate consider a replacement for Justice Ginsburg until the inauguration of our next President.

But with the ACA set to come before the Court within weeks and the Right's lavishly funded and politically ruthless campaign to capture the Court poised to continue, how do you think the progressive legal community should prepare for this next phase in the Court’s history?

To this day, our government has failed to represent our nation’s diverse electorate. Our democracy works better when eve...
09/18/2020

To this day, our government has failed to represent our nation’s diverse electorate. Our democracy works better when everyone has a seat at the table.
Tell candidates why you support the #PledgeForDiversity. Learn more: PledgeForDiversity.org

ACS President Russ Feingold released the following statement today regarding U.S. Attorney General William Barr: “Attorn...
09/17/2020
ACS President Calls on All Americans to Resist Attorney General's Efforts to Subvert Democracy and Rule of Law | ACS

ACS President Russ Feingold released the following statement today regarding U.S. Attorney General William Barr: “Attorney General William Barr has cemented his place among the very worst and most destructive Cabinet officials in U.S. history. His efforts to subvert our democracy and the rule of law must be resisted by each of us who embraces our Constitution and the values it enshrines.” https://www.acslaw.org/press_release/acs-president-calls-on-all-americans-to-resist-attorney-generals-efforts-to-subvert-democracy-and-rule-of-law/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nancy Rodriguez [email protected] Washington, D.C. – American Constitution Society President Russ Feingold released the following statement regarding U.S. Attorney Genera

09/17/2020

In response to AG William Barr's statements last night at Hillsdale College, ACS President Russ Feingold said, “So disturbing to have our Constitution bitterly under assault on Constitution Day. We must resolve to uphold it against threats domestic or foreign.”

Join ACS on Constitution Day TOMORROW at 3 PM ET for a conversation about constitutional change, the amendment process, ...
09/16/2020
Current Efforts to Amend the Constitution: A Constitution Day Discussion | ACS

Join ACS on Constitution Day TOMORROW at 3 PM ET for a conversation about constitutional change, the amendment process, and what it means for our constitutional order. Register now

The American Constitution is by design famously hard to change, and as a result, it has been almost 30 years since it was last formally amended. Recently, we've seen amendment battles play out in

Ready to lead in the fight for voting rights? Join us TODAY at 4 pm ET to learn how to mobilize others in your community...
09/16/2020
Train the Trainers: Voter Suppression and Advocacy Training | ACS

Ready to lead in the fight for voting rights? Join us TODAY at 4 pm ET to learn how to mobilize others in your community this election season. Register here to attend this training session.

Voting is the language of American democracy. The ability to participate in civic life — to have a voice in choosing the elected officials whose decisions impact our lives, families, and communities —

"ACS has… been a strong supporter of our chapter’s dedication to uplift the voices, work, and experiences of attorneys o...
09/16/2020

"ACS has… been a strong supporter of our chapter’s dedication to uplift the voices, work, and experiences of attorneys of color. I can’t wait for what we can accomplish together in the coming years." Read more from our ACS Lawyer of the Month Gabriella Barbosa https://buff.ly/2WqSDEn #HispanicHeritageMonth

Attend the ACS Oregon Virtual Annual Dinner on WEDNESDAY with ACS President Russ Feingold, Senator Jeff Merkley & more! ...
09/14/2020
ACS Oregon: Virtual Annual Dinner | ACS

Attend the ACS Oregon Virtual Annual Dinner on WEDNESDAY with ACS President Russ Feingold, Senator Jeff Merkley & more! Register here: https://buff.ly/2RnmQ5V

Join the Oregon Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society in celebrating Oregon's progressive legal community at our Annual Dinner-turned-virtual fundraiser. Tickets to this year's

“Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s campaign is establishing a major new legal operation, bringing in two former solicitors general a...
09/14/2020
Biden Creates Legal War Room, Preparing for a Big Fight Over Voting

“Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s campaign is establishing a major new legal operation, bringing in two former solicitors general and hundreds of lawyers in what the campaign billed as the largest election protection program in presidential campaign history,” explains Shane Goldmacher

With two former solicitors general and hundreds of lawyers, the Biden campaign is bracing for an extended legal battle and hoping to maintain trust in the electoral process.

TODAY at 5 PM ET, join us for a special training for the ACS network on the history of voter suppression, what voter sup...
09/14/2020
And Still I Vote: Voter Suppression and Advocacy Training | ACS

TODAY at 5 PM ET, join us for a special training for the ACS network on the history of voter suppression, what voter suppression looks like today, and how we can fight for voting rights with advocacy tactics to ensure greater access to voting in the time of COVID and racial injustice. Register now https://www.acslaw.org/event/and-still-i-vote-voter-suppression-and-advocacy-training

Voting is the language of American democracy. The ability to participate in civic life — to have a voice in choosing the elected officials whose decisions impact our lives, families, and communities —

New from Taru Taylor, a Next Generation Leader at ACS: "Marshall has another, darker, legacy—that of a slave lord who bo...
09/10/2020
No Law School Should be Named for John Marshall | ACS

New from Taru Taylor, a Next Generation Leader at ACS: "Marshall has another, darker, legacy—that of a slave lord who bought and sold other human beings to support his plutocratic lifestyle. Even worse, Marshall allowed his slaveholding interests to taint his work as a judge... Thus his full legacy, though complicated, is one we should not honor. No schools of law should bear his name."

Chief Justice John Marshall may be the most influential judge in American history. He authored many decisions that shape our democratic republic even today. As a result, three law schools are named in

ACS President Russ Feingold on potential SCOTUS additions: "This is a vision that involves rolling back hard-fought righ...
09/10/2020
ACS President Says Americans Deserve Fair-Minded Supreme Court Justices | ACS

ACS President Russ Feingold on potential SCOTUS additions: "This is a vision that involves rolling back hard-fought rights Americans care deeply about -- racial justice, gun control, LGBTQ+ rights, the environment, reproductive justice, consumer protections, workers’ rights and the list goes on."

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nancy Rodriguez [email protected] Washington, D.C. – American Constitution Society President Russ Feingold released the following statement in response to the Trump admin

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Our Vision: The American Constitution Society realizes the promises of the U.S. Constitution by building and leading a diverse legal community that dedicates itself to advancing and defending democracy, justice, equality, and liberty; to securing a government that serves the public interest; and to guarding against the abuse of law and the concentration of power.

Our Mission: 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.

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When one does not answer a census a volunteer shows up at your door to obtain information . Those volunteers who are non-partisan must individually approach those who are disabled , poverty stricken or on the streets . They would have to know 1. How to prove unregistered voters and their identities as required on each mail in form ( one can xerox their drivers license or birth certificate etc, ) 2. Volunteers who are non- partisan must be able to educate these potential new voters as to the candidates and their issues. The final question : who and how would we pick someone who is honest and non-partisan ?
This is floating around and scaring many people. We need to confirm or deny this tidbit: https://www.facebook.com/100006198312025/videos/2562778820605370/?t=0
What questions am I required to answer on the 2020 Census according to the Constitution?
Congratulations on being one of the largest anti-American and anti-Constitution groups in the country.
PLEASE HELP STOP THE INJUSTICE I need the help of as many people as will help me! Facebook in its infinite wisdom has blocked me for 30 days! For sharing a Christian post. This is censorship of Christians. They said I post something that went against their policy (yes because I'm a Christian). I can’t post to any groups! This is wrong!!!! Religious Freedom is still the law in AMERICA! Just not on FACEBOOK I GUESS! Please share my post! I want to show FACEBOOK that they can’t win! If I was a Moslim they would be afraid to do this! Thanks for all your help! Hank Spooner
I just want to thank ACS for a very informative webinar on impeachment today. The expert insight was very informative, going well beyond the political sound bites. I want to share the replay info as soon it's available.
just a bunch of libtard lawyers--ideologues! hate mongers! we will fight if it comes to that. bet on it. lawyers suck--esp liberal lawyers
Any group who would include that nasty Karlan woman should be ashamed of itself. If she is typical of your membership, you are a waste of space with no credibility.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)'s Noah Bookbinder on the president's call with Ukraine's president Zelensky: "The memorandum, which the White House released Wednesday morning, is far worse than we could have imagined. It demonstrates that Mr. Trump sought multiple favors from a foreign leader for his personal political gain and in doing so violated his solemn oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution."
I suggest that you read your own name...American CONSITUTION Society... the Constitution gives no "rights" that you have suggested. FARCE.
Could the Center for U.S. Senate Reform and Realignment’s proposed Constitutional Amendment actually be considered constitutional under any circumstance? Their Website is: https://www.senatereform133.com Any clarification you could provide would be appreciated.