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July 14, 2011

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July 14, 2011

ACS is a great presence on campus. The group continually brings interesting and engaging speakers onto campus, and hosts some highly intriguing discussions. They are a solid group at school; everyone knows of what ACS does, and whenever they host an event, ACS always rises to the high expectations.

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I've watched speakers on 2nd Amendment topics that wrote SCOTUS amicae briefs, I've seen a debate on same-sex marriage, and a number of other stimulating topics.

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

Give it more publicity so it can expand not just on the nature of topics it covers, but the people it is able to bring in as speakers.

July 14, 2011

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July 14, 2011

I decided to pursue a career in law as a second career in life. With my head on straight and my feet planted firmly in the ground, I entered law school secure in the fact that my career goal was Civil Rights Advocacy and providing access to justice to the underserved communities. Fortunately, I attended the recent American Constitution Society convention in DC in an effort to incorporate a chapter into my law school. The event in DC was life eye-opening. My exposure to a roomful of brilliant, insightful, and open minds reconfirmed my goals and reinvigorated my spirit. I encountered practitioners that spent their professional lives accomplishing what I came to law school to do!!! Progressivism is alive and well and ACS breathes new life into each and every day. I can now bring this spirit back to my law school with me and share it with my fellow progressives.

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During the convention, I attended a break-out session regarding LGBT rights, especially repeal of DOMA. When I returned to my summer internship, the information that I garnered coupled with the fire that was lit within me compelled me to write policy papers for my organization taking a definitive stand for the immediate repeal of DOMA. We shall submit these papers to our reps in Congress. Every single person can make a difference!

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

At the conventions, I would include student chapter leaders in the discussions, plenary and breakout. Students engage in clinics and externships (especially progressive students). Their experiences can serve to inform the discussions about the needs of the public. After all, generals (good ones, at least) do not effectively draft battle plans without input from the front line soldiers!

July 14, 2011

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July 14, 2011

I joined ACS my second year of law school and it has been a wonderful experience. ACS provides different perspectives which are sometimes lacking in the classroom. The national convention truly insprired me to become more active in my school's chapter and encourage others to join ACS.

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

Becoming more involved in my school both socially and politically.

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I would allow the student chapters to co-sponsor with any school group.

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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Montgomery, AL

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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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My law school and community.

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

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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.

March 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 1, 2011

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.

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my academic and professional life

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

I would have the national convention in May.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

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

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

The Student chapter of ACS at chicago

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

Increase the amount of alumni interaction

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