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January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

I'm Co-President of the Yale Law Chapter of ACS this year, and it's been a great experience. We organize over 100 events/year at Yale Law and are now the largest student group there. The national ACS organization has helped us all along the way, and it runs a first-rate convention each summer in DC--there must have been close to a thousand attendees last year.

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At Yale Law School

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not much

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January 6, 2011

I may be the sole law student who twice participated in the ACS sponsored Constance Baker Motley Moot Court. Participation greatly enhanced my law school experience. The education that accrued through participation is difficult to overstate. I'm deeply great to ACS staff for their careful guidance through my moot court adventures.

Also, I benefited in ways too numerous to enumerate including mentoring and ACS convention attendance.

Thanks ACS!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Increasing my skills as an Appellate Attorney

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make me an employee of ACS

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January 6, 2011

I've been involved in ACS both as a law student, and now as a young lawyer. In law school, ACS helped to create a strong community of progressive lawyers and (with support from ACS National) our student chapter hosted regular events to discuss and explore pressing legal issues. Many of our events were co-sponsored with the Federalist Society chapter, creating lively and informative debates. Additionally, as a student I enjoyed attending ACS events - such as the National Convention - which provided opportunities to meet and network with more senior attorneys with similar ideals. Now, as a young lawyer, I continue to benefit from ACS' amazing events and networking opportunities. I moved to a new city following law school, and immediately connected with the local ACS lawyer chapter. Doing so has been a great way to meet people and get connected to the legal community here.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting people and getting connected to the progressive legal community in my new city.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand its prominence and influence.

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January 6, 2011

The American Constitution Society (ACS) is a great community of people committed to better understanding and improving the American legal system. Many of my good friends and colleagues from law school are members. ACS has helped us network with more established members of the legal community who are mentoring us and helping us become better lawyers. ACS has provided us with a unique forum for discussing important legal issues and learning from some of the most respected legal scholars and practitioners in the country. It also provides engaging literature on pressing legal issues. And the ACS blog keeps me up to date with important cases that impact my community and our Constitution. It truly is one of the great organizations of our time.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

educating the community about a number of important legal issues.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have it form an affiliated legal fund that brought lawsuits in line with its legal philosophy.

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January 6, 2011

I became a memebr of a fledgling ACS Student Chapter when I was at the Oklahoma City University Law School in 2004. At the time the debate about constitutional/socia/political issues at the law school was dominated by the Federalist Society, an organization that represents a very conservative view in all those areas. However, our ACS Chapter, with great support from the National Organization was able to initiate a real debate on many ongoing critical issues, such as the war in Iraq, unauthorized government wire-tappings, corporate influence in government policy, and many other important issues and present opposing views on those through panels, speaker series, and debates. The organization helped us bring prominent speakers from around the country (including prominent Circuit Court judges and law professors) to the school to discuss ongoing issues. This was a very important exercise because many of the law students ultimately end up at leadership positions in the community and at least an exposure to opposing views could broaden their horizons and increase their tolerance towards them. This exercise and opportunity was even more crucial in a state such as Oklahoma, where conservative tendencies are vey strong. Interestingly, this was done in many instances in coordination with the Federalist Society, which again shows in a democratic society, ideas can and should all be heard and intelligently debated, without all reasonable voices drowning in the screams of ignorance and fanaticism. Overall, ACS has filled a very large void by providing an opportunity and structure for development and presentation of progressive ideas and interpretations of Constitution. A function that had been ignored for decades.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

initiating real debate about very important social/political issues among law students in Oklahoma.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I cannot think of anything.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes. I got to advocate for what I believed in and network with like-minded individuals.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It was great to see the participation of the law students in events we sponsored and the debate that they sparked among the students. Knowledge is always beneficial.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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January 6, 2011

I love ACS's Constitution in the Classroom volunteer project. Such a great way to get out of the office and into the community to talk about a really important issue. More important each day with all the current negative propaganda and misconceptions about the Constitution in the news.

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My professional community.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make trainings more efficient, and screen some of the documents they put out better.

January 3, 2011

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January 3, 2011

I have been a member of an ACS lawyer chapter since the organization was founded in 2001. During that time, I have seen an explosive growth in both the size and influence of the organization. ACS experts provide intellectual rigor and analysis in a variety of critical policy areas, and as a result, our courts are more fair and just for all Americans. A simply outstanding organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

both my local community, and on the national stage.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase its size and prominence.

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