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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 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.

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Are you ready to meet the next generation of progressive legal minds who will change the world? Over the next several we...
04/23/2021

Are you ready to meet the next generation of progressive legal minds who will change the world?

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing some of these exceptional emerging legal minds and their connection to ACS and the community. Can you leave a message of support and congratulation to leaders like Ali and the rest of ACS's Next Generation Leaders Class of 2021? #ACSNextGenLeader

Are you ready to meet the next generation of progressive legal minds who will change the world?

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing some of these exceptional emerging legal minds and their connection to ACS and the community. Can you leave a message of support and congratulation to leaders like Ali and the rest of ACS's Next Generation Leaders Class of 2021? #ACSNextGenLeader

Congratulations to ACS's 2021 cohort of Next Generation Leaders! These 28 up-and-coming legal professionals have demonst...
04/22/2021

Congratulations to ACS's 2021 cohort of Next Generation Leaders! These 28 up-and-coming legal professionals have demonstrated talent and leadership through their respective ACS student chapters. As an integral part of ACS's network, Next Generation Leaders help to shape positive progressive change in their communities. #ACSNextGenLeader Learn more: https://buff.ly/3aqALC0

Congratulations to ACS's 2021 cohort of Next Generation Leaders! These 28 up-and-coming legal professionals have demonstrated talent and leadership through their respective ACS student chapters. As an integral part of ACS's network, Next Generation Leaders help to shape positive progressive change in their communities. #ACSNextGenLeader Learn more: https://buff.ly/3aqALC0

🌎 🌱 Happy Earth Day! 🌱 🌏 ACS is fostering the growth of the next generation of progressive leaders who are committed to ...
04/22/2021

🌎 🌱 Happy Earth Day! 🌱 🌏
ACS is fostering the growth of the next generation of progressive leaders who are committed to advancing the cause of climate justice every day. Share in the comments how you’ve committed yourself to climate justice or consider a donation to ACS here: https://buff.ly/3tEG9sI

🌎 🌱 Happy Earth Day! 🌱 🌏
ACS is fostering the growth of the next generation of progressive leaders who are committed to advancing the cause of climate justice every day. Share in the comments how you’ve committed yourself to climate justice or consider a donation to ACS here: https://buff.ly/3tEG9sI

"Chauvin being found guilty on all charges confirms what we all have known since the world witnessed the murder of Georg...
04/20/2021

"Chauvin being found guilty on all charges confirms what we all have known since the world witnessed the murder of George Floyd on video last year. This verdict is important but represents a single case." Read the full statement from ACS President Russ Feingold: https://buff.ly/3n3rBk5

"Chauvin being found guilty on all charges confirms what we all have known since the world witnessed the murder of George Floyd on video last year. This verdict is important but represents a single case." Read the full statement from ACS President Russ Feingold: https://buff.ly/3n3rBk5

How is your community advancing environmental justice? Or – how should they? Tell us what you think in the comments.
04/20/2021

How is your community advancing environmental justice? Or – how should they? Tell us what you think in the comments.

How is your community advancing environmental justice? Or – how should they? Tell us what you think in the comments.

The ACS 2021 Virtual National Convention is now open! Join us on June 7 to 11 for conversations on racial equity, democr...
04/19/2021
2021 Virtual National Convention | ACS

The ACS 2021 Virtual National Convention is now open! Join us on June 7 to 11 for conversations on racial equity, democracy protection, court reform and more! Register now

ACS's first-ever virtual convention was truly an unprecedented event for unprecedented times.

On inauguration day, President Biden signed an executive order enabling the US to re-enter the Paris Agreement on climat...
04/17/2021
The U.S. Rejoins the Paris Agreement: Symbolism or Success? | ACS

On inauguration day, President Biden signed an executive order enabling the US to re-enter the Paris Agreement on climate change. Was this a mere symbol of our country’s renewed aspirations of global leadership or a moment when we began to make real progress in addressing the climate crisis? Read more in our Expert Forum blog:

On Inauguration Day, one of President Biden’s first acts was signing an order enabling the United States to re-join the Paris Agreement on climate change. With the stroke of a pen, President Biden signaled to the international community that after four years of isolationism under former President ...

Can you believe ACS was founded 20 years ago? We want to hear from the ACS members who have been with us from the beginn...
04/15/2021

Can you believe ACS was founded 20 years ago? We want to hear from the ACS members who have been with us from the beginning and those new members who joined us this year. We are asking all our supporters to share their thoughts on the past, present — and future of ACS.

There’s still time to share your thoughts. Take our five-minute survey here: https://buff.ly/3rqKoq2

Can you believe ACS was founded 20 years ago? We want to hear from the ACS members who have been with us from the beginning and those new members who joined us this year. We are asking all our supporters to share their thoughts on the past, present — and future of ACS.

There’s still time to share your thoughts. Take our five-minute survey here: https://buff.ly/3rqKoq2

ACS honors #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth. The United States is home to more than 3.5 million Arab Americans representing a ...
04/14/2021

ACS honors #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth. The United States is home to more than 3.5 million Arab Americans representing a diverse array of cultures and traditions. ACS celebrates our Arab American friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues —especially those in the legal field.

ACS honors #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth. The United States is home to more than 3.5 million Arab Americans representing a diverse array of cultures and traditions. ACS celebrates our Arab American friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues —especially those in the legal field.

Are the new president and the Supreme Court on a collision course when it comes to climate change? In just four years, t...
04/13/2021

Are the new president and the Supreme Court on a collision course when it comes to climate change?

In just four years, the Trump Administration axed and rolled back over 200 vital environmental protections that protect our air, water, and climate. How can President Biden undo the damage when faced with “the most conservative Supreme Court in generations''? ACS’s new issue brief outlines the legal doctrines that are most likely to be used to challenge the administration’s environmental actions and how the administration and lawmakers can fight back. Read more: https://buff.ly/3rYpajv

Are the new president and the Supreme Court on a collision course when it comes to climate change?

In just four years, the Trump Administration axed and rolled back over 200 vital environmental protections that protect our air, water, and climate. How can President Biden undo the damage when faced with “the most conservative Supreme Court in generations''? ACS’s new issue brief outlines the legal doctrines that are most likely to be used to challenge the administration’s environmental actions and how the administration and lawmakers can fight back. Read more: https://buff.ly/3rYpajv

Last week, President Biden announced his first slate of judicial nominations, and it reflects ACS’s advocacy on racial, ...
04/12/2021
Biden Has First Shot at Judicial Vacancies

Last week, President Biden announced his first slate of judicial nominations, and it reflects ACS’s advocacy on racial, gender, and professional diversity. Through our Path to the Bench Initiative, ACS worked with lawyers across the country to identify talented, diverse, and progressive candidates for the judiciary, including multiple candidates on President Biden’s first slate. Read more about this historic moment in The Wall Street Journal.

President Biden has his chance to put his stamp on the federal judiciary as dozens of federal judges have stepped down from active duty in recent months.

It’s been over two months since President Biden signed an Executive Order enabling the United States to rejoin the Paris...
04/10/2021
The U.S. Rejoins the Paris Agreement: Symbolism or Success? | ACS

It’s been over two months since President Biden signed an Executive Order enabling the United States to rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Our country’s re-entry into the Paris Agreement is not just symbolically important, it’s critical to the global community’s ability to mitigate the most catastrophic effects of climate change that we are already witnessing — extreme weather, floods, droughts, severe heat, or most recently, Arctic temperatures in southern states. Read more about what the US rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement means in our Expert Forum blog.

On Inauguration Day, one of President Biden’s first acts was signing an order enabling the United States to re-join the Paris Agreement on climate change. With the stroke of a pen, President Biden signaled to the international community that after four years of isolationism under former President ...

President Biden ran for office on the strongest climate change platform of any major presidential nominee. But now, the ...
04/09/2021

President Biden ran for office on the strongest climate change platform of any major presidential nominee. But now, the fate of the administration’s ambitious climate goals may be in the hands of the courts. Read about the legal doctrines that are most likely to be used to challenge the administration’s environmental actions and how lawmakers can try to mitigate any legal exposure in ACS’s new Issue Brief: https://buff.ly/3rYpajv

President Biden ran for office on the strongest climate change platform of any major presidential nominee. But now, the fate of the administration’s ambitious climate goals may be in the hands of the courts. Read about the legal doctrines that are most likely to be used to challenge the administration’s environmental actions and how lawmakers can try to mitigate any legal exposure in ACS’s new Issue Brief: https://buff.ly/3rYpajv

What does environmental justice mean to you? Share your thoughts in the comments.
04/08/2021

What does environmental justice mean to you? Share your thoughts in the comments.

What does environmental justice mean to you? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Join ACS TOMORROW, April 8 at 4pm ET for a discussion on how progressives can move the agenda on court reform forward wi...
04/07/2021
What Next for Court Reform? | ACS

Join ACS TOMORROW, April 8 at 4pm ET for a discussion on how progressives can move the agenda on court reform forward with ACS President Russ Feingold, Congressman Mondaire Jones, Chris Kang of Demand Justice, Leah Litman of the University of Michigan Law School, strategic consultant Nancy Zirkin, and Jennifer Bendery of HuffPost as moderator. Register here!

The debate over whether and how to restructure both the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts has intensified in the past year, particularly after Amy Coney Barrett's Senate confirmation took place just one week before the 2020 presidential election. For some in the progressive community, the B...

ACS firmly believes that the courts should look like the people they represent and serve. That's why the Biden’s adminis...
04/07/2021

ACS firmly believes that the courts should look like the people they represent and serve.

That's why the Biden’s administration's first slate of nominees to the Federal Bench sets a new standard that diversity can and should be prioritized when picking judicial candidates. ACS is the national leader in identifying talented progressive lawyers and giving them the support necessary to obtain influential legal positions at the state and federal level. This year, we are positioned to have an even bigger impact as the Biden administration nominates more qualified, fair-minded, and diverse legal leaders to the Federal Bench. Read more about this first slate in The Wall Street Journal: https://buff.ly/3uG1671

ACS firmly believes that the courts should look like the people they represent and serve.

That's why the Biden’s administration's first slate of nominees to the Federal Bench sets a new standard that diversity can and should be prioritized when picking judicial candidates. ACS is the national leader in identifying talented progressive lawyers and giving them the support necessary to obtain influential legal positions at the state and federal level. This year, we are positioned to have an even bigger impact as the Biden administration nominates more qualified, fair-minded, and diverse legal leaders to the Federal Bench. Read more about this first slate in The Wall Street Journal: https://buff.ly/3uG1671

“We need more judges who have seen the criminal legal system from the perspective of the people subjected to it.” Read A...
04/06/2021
Professional diversity is needed on the bench

“We need more judges who have seen the criminal legal system from the perspective of the people subjected to it.” Read ACS President Russ Feingold in The Hill

President Biden picked four former public defenders to sit on the federal bench — this diversity of experience is worth celebrating.

Join ACS DC TODAY at 7:30pm ET for the Voices from Death Row Series with exonerated death-row inmate Juan Melendez and m...
04/06/2021
ACS DC: Voices from Death Row Series: Juan Melendez | ACS

Join ACS DC TODAY at 7:30pm ET for the Voices from Death Row Series with exonerated death-row inmate Juan Melendez and more. Register here

Join the ACS DC, At-Large, Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapters and the Texas Moratorium Network for a presentation by exonerated death-row inmate Juan Melendez.

The co-Chair of the Columbus Lawyer Chapter, Kyle Strickland, was named as one of nine people who will be the first memb...
04/05/2021
Ohio State Legal Analyst discusses Columbus Civilian Police Review Board appointment

The co-Chair of the Columbus Lawyer Chapter, Kyle Strickland, was named as one of nine people who will be the first members of the city of Columbus’ civilian review board, which is charged with investigating alleged police misconduct, and was interviewed about it here https://buff.ly/2PAgfaW

On Wednesday, March 31, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced nine appointments to the city's first-ever Civilian Police Review Board. The Ohio State University Roosevelt Institute attorney Kyle Strickland a new appointee discusses the board responsibilities and expectations with Good Day Columbus...

We are honoring 20 years of ACS history — and our members by sharing some of the best comments from our recent supporter...
04/03/2021

We are honoring 20 years of ACS history — and our members by sharing some of the best comments from our recent supporter survey. Check out what this ACS supporter thinks about the future of ACS and share your own thoughts in our 20th Anniversary Survey here: https://buff.ly/3rqKoq2

ACS President Russ Feingold was a guest on The Open Mind with Alexander Heffner to discuss judicial nominations, court r...
04/01/2021
Reparations for Crimes Against Democracy

ACS President Russ Feingold was a guest on The Open Mind with Alexander Heffner to discuss judicial nominations, court reform, the filibuster and much more. Listen now:

Listen to this episode from The Open Mind, Hosted by Alexander Heffner on Spotify. American Constitution Society president and former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold discusses reparations for crimes against U.S. democracy.

2021 will be a landmark year to remember for #WomensHistoryMonth in the future, as it is the year the first female, Blac...
03/31/2021
Plenty of Glass Yet to Break | ACS

2021 will be a landmark year to remember for #WomensHistoryMonth in the future, as it is the year the first female, Black, and Asian Vice President in our nation’s history took office. But we still have plenty of glass ceilings to break. ACS’s Vice President of Strategic Engagement Jill Dash explores the glacial pace of progress toward women’s equality in the legal community and beyond in our latest blog post:

As we mark Women’s History Month this March, there is much to celebrate. We have, for the first time in history, a female Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris (as well as the first-ever Black and Asian Vice President). So many of the women I know shed tears of joy on Inauguration Day...

Did you know that the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) recently found that while women make up 47% of associ...
03/30/2021

Did you know that the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) recently found that while women make up 47% of associates, they are only 21% of equity partners? Women of color make up 22% of associates but just 3% of equity partners. The issue of gender inequality doesn’t end when #WomensHistoryMonth does.

Read more in our blog and join ACS in the fight to foster the growth of diverse, progressive voices in the legal community: https://t.co/nqtekaWpjd

There are still a handful of district courts where there has never been a female judge, and there are several more distr...
03/29/2021

There are still a handful of district courts where there has never been a female judge, and there are several more districts and a few circuits where there has never been a woman of color judge. This is unacceptable. Learn more from ACS’s Vice President of Strategic Engagement Jill Dash in her blog post for #WomensHistoryMonth: https://t.co/nqtekaWpjd

“You can’t be what you can’t see.” Even though we’ve been celebrating the Year of the Woman since 1992, we have a long w...
03/29/2021
Plenty of Glass Yet to Break | ACS

“You can’t be what you can’t see.” Even though we’ve been celebrating the Year of the Woman since 1992, we have a long way to go before we reach gender parity in leadership positions in the legal profession. ACS’s Vice President of Strategic Engagement Jill Dash looks at the glass ceilings we have yet to break in this blog for #WomensHistoryMonth:

As we mark Women’s History Month this March, there is much to celebrate. We have, for the first time in history, a female Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris (as well as the first-ever Black and Asian Vice President). So many of the women I know shed tears of joy on Inauguration Day...

As ACS celebrates our 20th year, we reached out to supporters to take stock of where we started -- and how we should pla...
03/27/2021

As ACS celebrates our 20th year, we reached out to supporters to take stock of where we started -- and how we should plan for the future. We received close to 500 thoughtful responses from supporters about what they think.

Have you made your voice heard yet? There’s still time! Take our 20th Anniversary survey here: https://buff.ly/3rqKoq2

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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.