The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Rating: 4.96 stars   113 reviews

Issues: Education

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: 4 stars  

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.

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.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Providing a network for young lawyers.

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

not change a thing!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

The American Constitution Society (ACS) is an invaluable resource for the legal community. I’ve been a student chapter leader for two years. I first joined this organization because it was one of the only organizations that encouraged constitutional scholarship and dialogue. Ever since, I have been an active member, helping bring speakers to the law school, organizing events on campus, and attending student conferences. ACS has been phenomenal at every step. Every year, ACS sets up great programming for students on constitutional issues. ACS also sponsors student conferences and organizes academic writing and moot court contests that ensure students stay connected to the larger legal community. Ultimately, because of ACS proactive progressive students and lawyers have a chance to shape constitutional debate and promote progressive ideas.

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

my academic and professional life

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

I would have the national convention in May.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a fantastic organization that advances intelligent inquiry and conversation on vital topics regarding the role of the Constitution and the law in American life. It taps top experts and brings them into the public debate. It's programs are very high quality.

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

Washington, D.C. and Michigan

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

Give them more resources so they can do more.

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Rating: 5 stars  

ACS has been amazing in bringing experts in their field to come talk about their experiences. I have learned so much.

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

The Student chapter of ACS at chicago

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

Increase the amount of alumni interaction

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Rating: 5 stars  

Congress is the American Constituent Assembly.According to the Constitutional experts,American Congress is the greatest & strongest constituent Assembly.American Congress has 2 houses Senate & the House of Representatives.
American Senate is the only strongest upper house in the word.It is consists of 100 candidates.Each state elects its 2 senators for 6 years.Senate is a regular & permanent institution.It was established in 1789,in America.1/3 senators retired after every 2 years.Experienced senators have great importance,this is why,a senator can elect many times.If a senator dies or his seat is vacant due to any reason,the Governor of that state can chooses a senator at that seat & he becomes a senator till the new elections come.The senators are elected directly from 1913, through the 17th amendment.
The constitution created a new post of "President Pro Tempore" In 1977.The senator Hemfree was elected first time for this post.President Pro Tempore is the fourth strongest post after the President,Vice President & the Speaker in America.
The House of Representative (the lower house) has 435 candidates and are elected for 2 years .This house has limited tenure in the world.

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I love to read American Constitution as this is my favorite topic in modern constitutions its a pleasure for me to share my knowledge about it.

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

i want to made some remarkable changes like Abraham Lincoln & George Washington .I really want revolutionary changes & success.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with ACS for about 5 years. In my experience, ACS has been a great organization that has helped me in countless ways!
First, ACS hosts all kinds of great speakers and events across the country, which provides good intellectual stimulation and academic debate. Second, ACS has many fantastic members in a variety of different positions, which allows for great networking opportunities. ACS has a lot to offer, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a progressive legal organization to join!

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

My job search. I had one employer tell me that he gave me an interview because I had involvement with ACS on my resume. In another situation I had an ACS member that I had met at a happy hour call me to inform me of a job opening he thought I would be interested in.

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

Help some of the laywers chapters become more active.

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Rating: 4 stars  

For over a year, American Constitution Society has had a huge role in my career as a law student. As a student group leader, and a chapter member, I've taken part in all the various events ACS National as to offer. It has opened doors for me, and has lead to new opportunities, i.e. friendships, networking contacts, jobs. I am very proud to be a part of this organization.

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For over a year, American Constitution Society has had a huge role in my career as a law student. It has opened doors for me, and has lead to new opportunities, i.e. friendships, networking contacts, jobs. I am very proud to be a part of this organization.

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

Increase overhead. Create a bigger, central team in the DC office, with designated individuals assigned to student chapters to make sure each chapter is on track and delivering goals. I would do a complete overhaul of the website as well. The chapter pages are not very user-friendly and lacks dynamics.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved in our law school chapter of ACS since my 1L year. Our chapter plays a very important role in informing the law school community and the general public about some of the most pressing legal issues facing our country. After attending our events, many students feel inspired that the law can and should be a positive agent of change.

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

Santa Clara University School of Law

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

Continue to grow so as to reach a greater portion of the general public

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