The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
Rating: 4.96 stars 113 reviews
Location: 1333 H Street, NW 11th Floor Washington DC 20005 USA
Target demographics: shape debate, build networks, and make a difference in law and public policy
Direct beneficiaries per year: educate tens of thousands through our events and publications; teach over 10,000 public school students about their rights; brief dozens of policymakers and media contacts; and placed students and lawyers in clerkships, internships, and jobs with the potential to create social change
Geographic areas served: states, cities, and law schools across the country
Programs: ACS lawyer chapters bring together an expanding grassroots network of lawyers and other professionals spanning from coast to coast. Lawyer chapters offer a local forum to share ideas and debate issues integral to a progressive legal and policy perspective; to foster networking and collaboration; and to engage on timely issues. They also connect members with national ACS initiatives, providing them with opportunities to help shape the national debate. ACS's nationwide network of student chapters is fostering a new generation of progressive leaders. Through hundreds of programs each year featuring renowned advocates, scholars and judges addressing a wide range of legal and policy issues, chapters educate their members about the critical issues facing our country. Working with ACS lawyer chapters and the national office, they also provide students with meaningful opportunities for professional development and mentoring as well as participation in substantive projects.
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ACS is an excellent, young organization that provides much needed balance to the legal debate in this country, which has, over the past 40 years, become dominated by conservative thought. ACS has very vibrant student and lawyer chapters across the country and appears to be gaining momentum.
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I've attended several summer conventions and many local events.
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I would like to see a more robust web presence and see ACS integrate its efforts with the many nonprofits that do similar work.