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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 st

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 st

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Join the American Constitution Society- Chicago Lawyer Chapter *virtually* on Wednesday, July 21 for the Annual Legal Le...
07/02/2021

Join the American Constitution Society- Chicago Lawyer Chapter *virtually* on Wednesday, July 21 for the Annual Legal Legends Luncheon. Hear from keynote speaker, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, and celebrate the 2021 Abner J. Mikva and Ruth Goldman Honorees! FREE with RSVP: https://www.acslaw.org/event/acs-chicago-annual-legal-legends-luncheon/

Join the American Constitution Society- Chicago Lawyer Chapter *virtually* on Wednesday, July 21 for the Annual Legal Legends Luncheon. Hear from keynote speaker, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, and celebrate the 2021 Abner J. Mikva and Ruth Goldman Honorees! FREE with RSVP: https://www.acslaw.org/event/acs-chicago-annual-legal-legends-luncheon/

"Pride invites us to honor the progress that we have made as a community, as well as recommit to the hard work that stil...
06/29/2021
Pride: An Opportunity to Pause and Reflect | ACS

"Pride invites us to honor the progress that we have made as a community, as well as recommit to the hard work that still lies ahead"

Read this beautiful reflection on #LGBT #Pride from
ACS Delaware Chapter member Christopher Howland https://www.acslaw.org/expertforum/pride-an-opportunity-to-pause-and-reflect/

When I was asked to write a comment about what Pride month means to me and Dwayne, my partner in life and love for 16 years, I was admittedly stumped at first. We often breeze through June without really considering its importance. But Pride offers a good opportunity to pause and reflect on our rela...

The next meeting of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court is June 30, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. Du...
06/25/2021
Presidential Commission on SCOTUS | The White House

The next meeting of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court is June 30, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. During the meeting, testimony will be given by experts on various aspects of Supreme Court reform. The meeting is open to the public and will be live-streamed at www.whitehouse.gov/pcscotus/. To attend, register by submitting your full name, organization (if applicable), email address, and phone number at [email protected] by 5 p.m. ET, on June 28, 2021. Written comments are also being accepted via http://www.regulations.gov until November 15, 2021.

On April 9, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14023 forming the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, comprised of

Fulton v. Philadelphia could have created a wide-ranging right to discriminate. But it didn’t. LGBTQ people are still pr...
06/21/2021
Fulton v. Philadelphia: A Masterpiece of an Opinion? | ACS

Fulton v. Philadelphia could have created a wide-ranging right to discriminate. But it didn’t. LGBTQ people are still protected under antidiscrimination law. Nor did the Court accept the invitation to overturn thirty years of free exercise precedent and grant religious institutions exemption from law. But the opinion licenses discrimination in foster care and portends a revolution soon to come.

Elizabeth Sepper Professor of Law, The University of Texas School of Law James D. Nelson Associate Professor of Law and Business at the University of Houston Law Center

ICYMI: During the same week that the Biden Administration named Juneteenth a national holiday, Texas barred its schools ...
06/21/2021
Juneteenth and the Symbolic Gesture of a Federal Holiday | ACS

ICYMI: During the same week that the Biden Administration named Juneteenth a national holiday, Texas barred its schools from teaching about slavery and systemic racism.

As of Thursday, Juneteenth is our newest federal holiday. Signed into law by President Biden, the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act was passed by the Senate by unanimous consent and with overwhelming support in the House. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, lead sponsor in the House, noted upon introduc...

06/17/2021
Broken Law | Episode 1 | What is ACS?

You may be wondering: "What does ACS do exactly?" 🤔
Let ACS leaders Russ Feingold and Zinelle October break it down for you in Episode 1 of our new podcast, Broken Law.

Every month, tune in to hear conversations that seek to reckon with the origins of our legal system, interviews with people on the frontlines of the progressive legal movement, and discussions on necessary legal reforms to restore our democratic legitimacy and improve the lives of all people.

⚖️ Available wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe today! ⚖️

https://www.acslaw.org/podcast/episode-1-what-is-acs/

Congratulations to Ketanji Brown Jackson on becoming the first circuit court judge confirmed during the Biden-Harris Adm...
06/14/2021

Congratulations to Ketanji Brown Jackson on becoming the first circuit court judge confirmed during the Biden-Harris Administration. Judge Jackson exemplifies the type of fair-minded judges that we need.
https://twitter.com/acslaw/status/1404565656897527809

Congratulations to Ketanji Brown Jackson on becoming the first circuit court judge confirmed during the Biden-Harris Administration. Judge Jackson exemplifies the type of fair-minded judges that we need.
https://twitter.com/acslaw/status/1404565656897527809

This has been a tough year, an unprecedented year for everyone.  And yet, even in a year defined by isolation and distan...
06/14/2021
ACS in 2021

This has been a tough year, an unprecedented year for everyone. And yet, even in a year defined by isolation and distance, people came together in solidarity, on our screens and in the streets. It is a time for transformative change. That is why the progressive legal movement has never been more important than it is right now. https://vimeo.com/562934246

This has been a tough year, an unprecedented year for everyone. And yet, even in a year defined by isolation and distance, people came together in solidarity, on…

06/11/2021

As Russ Feingold mentioned in the closing remarks for #ACSConvention2021, we have a new podcast! Check out Broken Law. The most recent episode features an interview with Congressman James E. Clyburn about the state of our democracy. https://www.acslaw.org/media/podcast/

06/11/2021
ACS National Convention: Leadership in the Face of Hate - Anti-Asian Racism and Violence

Join us for our final panel: Leadership in the Face of Hate: A Conversation in Response to Rising Anti-Asian Racism and Violence. The conversation will include:

Lorraine K. Bannai, Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality; Professor of Lawyering Skills, Seattle University School of Law (Moderator)
Goodwin H. Liu, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court
Hon. Grace Meng, United States Representative, 6th Congressional District of New York
Hon. William Tong, Attorney General, State of Connecticut

06/10/2021
Promoting Progress: Lawyering in the Biden-Harris Era (Day 4, Part II)

Litigators and lobbyists and advocates, oh my! While many lawyers hope to, and will, serve in the Biden-Harris Administration, there are many careers progressive lawyers can pursue outside the Administration. There’s a more progressive president in office now, but there’s still plenty of work to be done to shape the future of our country. Lawyers will play a key role in promoting progress and correcting the harms done over the past four years. What jobs exist outside the Administration for lawyers who want to further progressive ideals? What other ways can progressive lawyers outside the administration influence policy decisions? How should current law students prepare for a progressive lawyering career?

06/10/2021
ACS National Convention: The Constitution in Exile

Progressives face a hostile federal judiciary hand-picked by Donald Trump for the next generation, and the Biden-Harris administration commission tasked with examining court reform options remains in formation. How should the progressive legal community respond to a judiciary stacked with judges that are potentially hostile to its view of the Constitution and law? Is now the time for progressives to assert our own version of the “Constitution in Exile”? Should progressives look to reduce the influence of the federal courts or identify targets of opportunity to achieve progressive gains through the courts where they exist? What other strategies are possible? This panel will address specific subject areas by way of example, such as anti-discrimination and reproductive rights, where recent changes to the Court’s composition are particularly worrisome.

Panelists:
David Cole, National Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union; Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy, Georgetown University Law Center (moderator)
Katie Eyer, Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School; Faculty Advisor, ACS Rutgers Law School Student Chapter
Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; ACS Board of Academic Advisors
Cindy Soohoo, Professor of Law, and Co-Director of the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic, CUNY School of Law
Franita Tolson, Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, and Professor of Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law; ACS Board of Directors; ACS Board of Academic Advisors

Following plenary this afternoon, join us at #ACSConvention2021 for a career development session on "Promoting Progress:...
06/10/2021

Following plenary this afternoon, join us at #ACSConvention2021 for a career development session on "Promoting Progress: Lawyering in the Biden-Harris Era" feat. Palak Sheth from Instagram, Andrea McChristian from the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Jeffrey Sprung from the Washington State Attorney General's Office, Estuardo Rodriguez from The Raben Group, and Camilla Taylor from Lambda Legal. Don't miss out! https://getinvolved.acslaw.org/2021convention

Following plenary this afternoon, join us at #ACSConvention2021 for a career development session on "Promoting Progress: Lawyering in the Biden-Harris Era" feat. Palak Sheth from Instagram, Andrea McChristian from the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Jeffrey Sprung from the Washington State Attorney General's Office, Estuardo Rodriguez from The Raben Group, and Camilla Taylor from Lambda Legal. Don't miss out! https://getinvolved.acslaw.org/2021convention

We've got some great programming planned for Day 4 of #ACSConvetion2021. Today's panel will discuss "The Constitution in...
06/10/2021

We've got some great programming planned for Day 4 of #ACSConvetion2021. Today's panel will discuss "The Constitution in Exile" with David Cole from the ACLU, Katie Eyer from Rutgers Law School, Jamal Greene from Columbia Law School, Cindy Soohoo from CUNY School of Law, and Franita Tolson from USC Gould School of Law. Register & tune in! https://getinvolved.acslaw.org/2021convention

We've got some great programming planned for Day 4 of #ACSConvetion2021. Today's panel will discuss "The Constitution in Exile" with David Cole from the ACLU, Katie Eyer from Rutgers Law School, Jamal Greene from Columbia Law School, Cindy Soohoo from CUNY School of Law, and Franita Tolson from USC Gould School of Law. Register & tune in! https://getinvolved.acslaw.org/2021convention

Congratulations to the 2021 David Carliner Public Interest Award Winner Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Director of Educational E...
06/09/2021

Congratulations to the 2021 David Carliner Public Interest Award Winner Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Director of Educational Equity & Senior Counsel at the National Women's Law Center who received the award for her work advancing education equity and fighting against & gender-based discrimination.

We commend our 2021 David Carliner Public Interest Award finalists Amir Ali, Deputy Director, Supreme Court & Appellate Program at the MacArthur Justice Center, and Chase Strangio, Deputy Director for Transgender Justice at the ACLU Jon L. Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović LGBTQ & HIV Project who earned the honor for their work successfully litigating and safeguarding the civil rights of marginalized people in America’s highest Appellate Courts. Read more: https://www.acslaw.org/press_release/american-constitution-society-announces-winners-of-2021-david-carliner-public-interest-award-and-richard-d-cudahy-writing-award/

Congratulations to the 2021 David Carliner Public Interest Award Winner Adaku Onyeka-Crawford, Director of Educational Equity & Senior Counsel at the National Women's Law Center who received the award for her work advancing education equity and fighting against & gender-based discrimination.

We commend our 2021 David Carliner Public Interest Award finalists Amir Ali, Deputy Director, Supreme Court & Appellate Program at the MacArthur Justice Center, and Chase Strangio, Deputy Director for Transgender Justice at the ACLU Jon L. Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović LGBTQ & HIV Project who earned the honor for their work successfully litigating and safeguarding the civil rights of marginalized people in America’s highest Appellate Courts. Read more: https://www.acslaw.org/press_release/american-constitution-society-announces-winners-of-2021-david-carliner-public-interest-award-and-richard-d-cudahy-writing-award/

06/09/2021
ACS National Convention: The Meaning, Mode, and Value of Accountability

Who should be held accountable for the various transgressions of the Trump administration (or a future administration that similarly transgresses), in what way, and who decides? Where legal and ethics codes are violated, such decisions may be clear, but that may not always be the case. From the former president, down through high-level officials and lower-ranking attorneys who carried out the administration’s agenda, accountability is being sought for the undermining of the 2020 election and ensuing incitement to attack the Capitol, its family separation policy, the travel ban, the attack on Black Lives Matter protesters in Lafayette Park, and much more. Are law firms and universities that hire former administration officials “laundering” their reputations? Issues to be addressed by this panel may include censure, disbarment, civil litigation, and other mechanisms for holding lawyers and public officials accountable. Following the panel, we will hold facilitated breakout sessions to continue the discussion among convention attendees.

Panelists:
Kimberly Atkins, Senior Opinion Writer, The Boston Globe (moderator)
Christine Chung, Steering Committee, Lawyers Defending American Democracy
Molly Coleman, Executive Director, People’s Parity Project
Erica Newland, Counsel, Protect Democracy
Rebecca Roiphe, Trustee Professor of Law, Co-Dean for Faculty Scholarship, New York Law School

Check out our new podcast, Broken Law, which explores the law, who it serves, and who it does not. This is the podcast o...
06/09/2021

Check out our new podcast, Broken Law, which explores the law, who it serves, and who it does not. This is the podcast of the progressive legal movement. https://www.acslaw.org/media/podcast/

Check out our new podcast, Broken Law, which explores the law, who it serves, and who it does not. This is the podcast of the progressive legal movement. https://www.acslaw.org/media/podcast/

ACS today announced the creation of the RBG Scholar Award. The award will recognize an outstanding, early career scholar...
06/08/2021
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholar Award | ACS

ACS today announced the creation of the RBG Scholar Award. The award will recognize an outstanding, early career scholar who has demonstrates qualities exemplified by Justice Ginsburg: scholarly excellence, the ability to imagine how society might be more just and more equal, and the determination to use the law and one’s scholarship to creatively and strategically make the imagined real. Applications are due Oct. 31. Learn more https://www.acslaw.org/get-involved/awards-and-competitions/ruth-bader-ginsburg-scholar-award/

The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Award recognizes an outstanding scholar in the early stages of their academic career who has demonstrated those qualities exemplified by Justice Ginsburg.

Congratulations Joseph Daval, winner of the Cudahy Award in the student category for his paper, “Litigating Welfare Righ...
06/08/2021

Congratulations Joseph Daval, winner of the Cudahy Award in the student category for his paper, “Litigating Welfare Rights”. Read it here: https://bit.ly/2T5MY9A

Congratulations Joseph Daval, winner of the Cudahy Award in the student category for his paper, “Litigating Welfare Rights”. Read it here: https://bit.ly/2T5MY9A

Congratulations Andrew Hammond, winner of the Cudahy Award in the lawyer category for his paper, “Litigating Welfare Rig...
06/08/2021

Congratulations Andrew Hammond, winner of the Cudahy Award in the lawyer category for his paper, “Litigating Welfare Rights”. Read it here: https://bit.ly/3pHjXxf

Congratulations Andrew Hammond, winner of the Cudahy Award in the lawyer category for his paper, “Litigating Welfare Rights”. Read it here: https://bit.ly/3pHjXxf

06/08/2021
ACS National Convention: How to Save our Democracy by Deconcentrating Wealth and Power

Join us at 2pm for day 2 of the ACS National Convention. Today's session is titled "How to Save our Democracy by Deconcentrating Wealth and Power."

Many of the key debates about the health of our democracy concern the concentration of wealth and power. Markedly unequal power in the marketplace has been coupled with the Supreme Court’s weakening of worker rights and protections and the underenforcement of antitrust law. And while institutions like the electoral college and the U.S. Senate were intended to protect against the “tyranny of the majority,” they arguably now cement a “tyranny of the minority.” These developments have led some commentators to call for an “anti-entrenchment” agenda that would counter the cumulative effects of rising economic inequality and the capture of our political system through voter suppression, gerrymandering, and the corrupting influence of “big money.” What would an anti-entrenchment agenda look like? What structural reforms are necessary and what constitutional potholes should reformers plan for so that America’s democratic promise can be realized?

Panelists include:
Elie Mystal, Justice Correspondent, The Nation
Kate Andrias, Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School; ACS Board of Academic Advisors; Faculty Advisor, ACS University of Michigan Law School Student Chapter
Josh Chafetz, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Sandeep Vaheesan, Legal Director, Open Markets Institute

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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.