The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Rating: 4.96 stars   113 reviews

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Location: 1333 H Street, NW 11th Floor Washington DC 20005 USA

Mission: Founded in 2001, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy ("ACS") is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. Our mission is to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law. ACS aims to revitalize and transform the legal and policy debates occurring in law school classrooms, federal and state courtrooms, legislative hearing rooms and the media. Through student and lawyer chapters all across the country, and programs and projects at both the national and local level, ACS promotes a progressive vision of the Constitution, law and public policy; educates lawyers, law students, decision-makers and the public about the historic basis and vitality of such a vision and its importance for the lives of real people; strengthens the intellectual underpinnings for progressive law and policy in the United States; and continues to build a diverse and dynamic national network.
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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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a wonderful organization for getting law students aware of the many ways they can use their educations to achieve meaningful progressive ends and help those who most need legal services and policy changes.

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ACS is a fantastic organization for organizing, motivating, and connecting progressives across the country. ACS does an incredible job of both playing an important role at the highest levels of law and policy while also nurturing the next generation of diverse leaders from all kinds of law schools across the country. ACS has already played an extraordinary role in my law school experience, and I can't wait to continue participating for many years to come.

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I am glad ACS is out there to provide a balanced alternative to the extreme conservative views that sometimes threaten to overwhelm important legal and public policy debates. ACS' informative articles and publications keep me up to date on vital constitutional issues as well as those related to my legal practice area. I also have been impressed with the equally wide range of educational and development programming ACS offers. I highly recommend them as a resource for other progressive attorneys or anyone who cares about the Constitution and the continued existence of a federal court system that makes decisions based on reason rather than ideology.

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ACS is an inclusive and civic-minded organization that allows local groups to engage in high-minded civil debate. It creates a forum to discuss issues of the day. Although its stated mission--toward a progressive vision of the Constitution--is liberal, I have found that ACS engages with our brothers on the other side frequently and with great success. This is a private organization that manages to draw attention to differences of policy and opinion without becoming strident or intolerant. I am very proud to count myself a member of ACS. It is truly a great nonprofit organization.

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The educational programming put on by ACS is second to none. I have learned a lot about law and legal policy at their sessions, and am amazed at how quickly this organization has grown over the past few years. It's definitely worth becoming a member and getting involved.

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ACS is an incredible organization that is here to further the careers of progressive attorneys and law students. There is no question that the people involved with ACS are some of the most passionate, thoughtful people working in the field of law today. The networking opportunities are marvelous, as are the events ACS regularly hosts. I am constantly wowed by the amount of effort ACS's staff and members put into the organization, and the rate at which it has grown is simply testament to that. Will undoubtedly continue to support this terrific organization!

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As President for the University of St. Thomas School of Law Chapter, ACS helped me become more active in the community and provide informative forums on important topics and public policy. The staff is incredibly supportive and always available to assist in setting up events, recruiting speakers, or providing funding when we have a shortfall in our budgets.

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I was the President of the University of Minnesota Law School chapter of ACS and it was great to be part of such a supportive organization. ACS encouraged us to hold events relevant and important in our society, from criminal justice issues like wrongful convictions to constitutional issues like the gay marriage ban initiatives. ACS was critical in providing us experts from across to country to educate students on breaking legal issues and providing a network to so that students could use the knowledge to help those in need.

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Taking seriously the idea that an educated public is essential to a well-functioning democracy, the ACS provides educational and support networks to help disseminate an historically honest interpretation of the Constitution and its role as America's founding document. The ACS plays a key role in helping to get judges through the stultifying appointments process, and it provides a robust alternative to conservative jurisprudence by refusing to cede the issue of the founding fathers' intent.

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I am a second-year law student and a member of my school's ACS Executive Board. ACS was one of the first organizations I joined when I started law school, and was always very welcoming to new students. As I became more involved, I had the opportunity to work with ACS national and have come to appreciate ACS even more. ACS does great work furthering social justice by focusing on education surrounding voting rights and reminding us every day why courts matter. ACS's Constitution in the Classroom program also helps advance civics education among children. I plan to stay involved with this great organization throughout my legal career!

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I am a second year law student at Concord Law School who had an opportunity to attend the 2012 ACS National Convention in Washington, D.C. this past June on a student scholarship. I strongly support the efforts of the American Constitutional Society for Law and Policy as they promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses. One area that I am particularly interested in is access to justice. During one of the many break-out sessions at the Convention those in attendance were made particularly aware of the judicial vacancy crisis. The extent of the crisis puts at serious risk the ability of all Americans to have a fair hearing in court. This concern was woven into many of the break-out sessions provided at the Convention along with specific information on communicating an effective message to the public and governmental officials regarding his concern. Democracy must constantly be safeguarded and the ACS is an organization that not only promotes thoughtful discussion among individuals but also preserves the fundamental tenet that the law should be a force to improve the lives of all the people.

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