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July 9, 2011

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July 9, 2011

ACS is the most important organization in the United States trying to counter the conservative campaign to dominate the national discourse about constitutional interpretation and the proper role of courts in enforcing our Constitution. For the past forty years, conservatives have succeeded in shaping the public's understanding of consetitutional law by promoting such concepts as "judicial restraint," "originalism," "strict constructionism," and "calling balls and strikes." The problem is that in the hands of conservative judges these approaches to constitutional interpretation have proved to be largely disingenuous and dangerous to American freedom and democracy. ACS plays a central role in both exposing the faults and failures in conservative jurisprudence and in exploring and explaining an alternative understanding of constitutional law that is more in line with American traditions and with the goals and purposes of the Framers.

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ACS is first and foremost about the exchange of ideas. It has helped shape the thinking of many thousands of law students and lawyers over the past decade, it has influenced legal scholarship, judicial decisions, legislation, and the executive branch of government. I see the results of ACS's work everyday when I speak with students, lawyers, judges, legislators, and citizens.

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

Ensure that it has sufficient resources to reach even more individuals who are -- or should be -- concerned about these issues. With more resources, ACS could have an even greater impact on the way Americans think about fundamental questions about their own Constitution.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I was involved in ACS from its very founding.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To expand its work with student and lawyer chapters throughout the nation and to shape legal and public understanding of the decisions of the current Supreme Court.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To educate, to inform, to engage, and to inspire students, lawyers, judges, and the American public to embrace a sound, principled, and progressive understanding of the American Constitution.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 8, 2011

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July 8, 2011

ACS provides deep, thoughtful analyses of issues that affect all Americans, especially as they concern our Constitutional rights and the state of the Judicial branch. Its work can inform grassroots organizations and laypeople equally; its staff is particularly accessible in this regard. And its national network-- chapters all over the country, including for law students -- is particularly valuable in engaging people.

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

Reading position papers, meeting with staff, talking to board members and chapter leaders, attending meetings

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

expand outreach and rapid response

July 7, 2011

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July 7, 2011

ACS has been a great help to me as I begin my career as a young lawyer. Attending the 2011 Convention taught me so much and helped me make connections with like-minded legal professionals and law students. My only regret is that I didn't get involved sooner! When I was in law school, I attended some great programming sponsored by ACS, but it wasn't until I started working that I realized how much ACS does and what a passionate group of people it represents.

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

my field of work - Constitutional Law

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

I would simply encourage the growth of student and lawyer chapters across the country so that ACS can gain more general exposure.

July 6, 2011

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July 6, 2011

The American Constitution Society has been an amazing outlet while I have been in law school. Just being involved with the organization is an education in itself. I now am honored with the position of President for my chapter and am looking forward to hosting several events and learning more and more about this great organization. Happy 10th Birthday ACS!!

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

Montgomery, AL

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

In my chapter personally, I would like to implement an "ACS 101" event to let people know what they are actually getting involved in.

July 5, 2011

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July 5, 2011

I became involved with ACS through my law school chapter. As a student interested in using the law as a tool for social justice I was excited to discover that such a progressive and inspiring organization existed not only at my school but also had a thriving national presence. Attending the National Convention in DC only further demonstrated to me the essential work ACS is doing. ACS pushes for an interpretation of the Constitution as it was meant to be, as a living and expansive document that promises genuine equality, civil and individual rights, and human dignity. It is changing the way lawyers, courts and the public think about law and the Constitution and is reclaiming patriotism as a truly inclusive concept.

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

My law school and community.

Ways to make it better...

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

Make the perspectives of ACS somewhat more accessible and articulable to the general public.

July 5, 2011

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July 5, 2011

ACS is a fantastic nonprofit. It's goal is to further progressive legal thinking through U.S. Courts and state and national legislatures. For too long the Federalist Society has dominated the field of advocating for a particular legal viewpoint in our nation's courts. ACS, while only 10 years old, has come a long way in helping to combat those efforts and helping to counter a movement that has pushed our laws and courts in a direction that values corporations over individuals and fails to protect civil rights. ACS's advocacy is sorely needed to shift the courts back towards a fair arbiter of justice.

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One of ACS's campaigns has been to help fill our nation's federal judicial vacancies. I work for a court had more than 40% of its active judgeships vacant. Half of the open positions have been recently filled. ACS helps to move the process along through their judicial nominations project.

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

Nothing comes to mind at the moment.

July 3, 2011

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July 3, 2011

I was first exposed to ACS through the student chapter at my school. Since then I have been consistently impressed with how the organization attempts to educate the public on the progressive view-point, something that is sorely lacking in the mainstream media today, while allowing other view points to be heard.

The chapter at my school has brought numerous speakers from all over the country who encourage us not only to be active participants in the political process but to use our knowledge to help those in the community and the nation at large.

The most obvious example I have of this is when my chapter and chapters around the nation went to schools in our communities and, using a curriculum outline provided by the national chapter, spent the day teaching classes on Constitutional rights to elementary and middle school aged children.

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I have seen the results of this organization in the attitude of the students here who are encouraged by the dialogue that ACS fosters; the students who don't see someone championing their views on the evening news. I have seen the results of this organization in the determination of its student and lawyer chapters who both strive for the goals of ACS like genuine equality, knowledge of the Constitution and access to justice.

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

I would not change anything about this organization. It's policy of remaining politically neutral and inclusive seems to be the best approach and I know from experience that it appeals to a wide segment of the community.

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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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I would not change anything. I was thoroughly satisfied in my volunteer experience.

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

I have met so many new and interesting people not only in my area but across the nation through my work with ACS and it has encouraged in me a leadership that I didn't know I had.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel like I was doing something productive and meaningful with my time. It made me feel more included in a larger national community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 2, 2011

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July 2, 2011

My law school's ACS chapter has really enhanced my educational experience. First, the group has given me a progressive outlet on a more conservative campus, exposing me to high quality discussion on issues that might not normally be covered in the classrooms. Second, I admire the way ACS promotes increasing the quality of debate around issues. They have made progressive views accessible, without attempting to drown out other ideas. I think this is a much stronger tactic, because they have made a wide variety of information accessible so that students as information consumers can weigh viewpoints for themselves. ACS has done all this for me in a way that validates my own opinions while also being respectful of others. I admire that in the organization.

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

the national organization's support in helping us at the student chapter to access speakers and put on successful events.

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

do nothing -- I've been very satisfied with my experience thus far!

July 2, 2011

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July 2, 2011

I went to my first ACS Conference in June 2011 in DC and it was great! For law students who want to make a difference as progressives, the experience and networking are invaluable. I'm still bragging to friends about the people I met at that conference! The 10th Anniversary Convention went off without a hitch, and there was a tremendous amount of information shared. The speakers were top-notch, and the organization showed a strong commitment to progressive legal causes. I will be attending this conference again in the future.

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

The 10th Anniversary Convention they put on in DC in June 2011. ACS also has a presence at my law school.

Ways to make it better...

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

Add a focus on environmental and animal issues; next year, have panels dedicated to these issues.

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

I have been a member of ACS since I was a law student. They proved to be an invaluable resource for networking and mentoring. Now that I'm a young lawyer, I continue to enjoy their timely events about cutting-edge legal issues, as well as their thoughtful blog articles, newsletters, and issue briefs.

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

Providing a network for young lawyers.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

They have an incredible network of talented, knowledgeable individuals.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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