I last wrote a review about ACS almost three years ago, and the organization has continued to flourish. Even as the organization and its membership has increased in size, I find that the relationships I have built within ACS still make it feel like a family -- a family full of awesomely active folks all over the country working to make this country a better place for all. I can't say enough good things about ACS. I currently work in Miami in my dream job, and the fact that I'm here is in no small part thanks to ACS. The networks are wonderful, the publications and the convention (and other panels throughout the year, like the Supreme Court reviews) are extremely insightful, and the people of ACS itself are simply wonderful.
I first learned about ACS during my first year of law school at the University of Georgia, and I became progressively more involved: I was the 2L co-president as well as the 3L co-president. As a progressive law student interested in public interest work, ACS was an incredible resource for me. It gave me a forum not only to meet other progressive students but to gain a much deeper understanding of the law and policy issues I cared about. The national organization was incredibly supportive of us -- if we had big ideas for an event, ACS gave us the money and the professional contacts to make it happen. We were essentially only limited by our creativity (and, of course, our law-student workload).
Since finishing law school, I served on the board of the DC Lawyer Chapter while I was clerking in DC. In that role, I was vice-chair for the Constitution in the Classroom program, where I helped organize and train other lawyers to teach lessons on constitutional law to public school students around DC (from elementary school through high school). We reached hundreds and hundreds of students, and it was a blast!
Now I'm in Atlanta for a couple of years and am starting to get involved with the Georgia Lawyer Chapter. Wherever you are, I would highly recommend getting involved with your local ACS chapter. Not only will you stay informed on the stuff you care about (through the great weekly newsletter, the diverse issue briefs, and the amazing annual conference), but you'll meet a lot of interesting people. And you'll have fun doing it!
ACS does vital work to ensure that progressive visions of the law are represented in law schools and in the judiciary. I joined ACS as a 1L, was president of our student chapter at UVA, and am proud to continue my involvement now that I am in practice. The Federalist Society has had well-documented success in creating a network and a pipeline that develops young conservatives from law students to coveted political appointments. ACS is restoring balance to the federal bench by establishing a progressive network that rivals the FedSoc, and that frankly has more fun in the process. Their events are a good mix of practical advice, networking opportunities, and high-minded legal debate and discussion.
As an incoming law student, ACS has been exactly what I was looking for in an organization devoted to fostering thoughtful debate on our Constitution. Having been involved in nationally-affiliated student organizations before, I say without reservation that the support the national organization provides to its chapters is top notch.
ACS represents the very best in what a public-policy nonprofit should be. ACS staff are absolutely dedicated to their mission to promoting a progressive view of the Constitution and are careful with their money as they do so.
I've been involved with ACS in one way or another since I was in law school. I greatly admire what they aim to do, and what they manage to do on a relatively tight budget.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I am law student and have been involved in ACS since my first year. I was drawn to ACS because of the progressive view point it promotes. My school chapter and the lawyers chapter has provided me with the opportunity to be engaged in the legal community from the start. In working with ACS I have been able to take on a leadership role, through this role my confidence and knowledge in presenting legal and policy topics has increased. ACS educates students and the public about important issues by promoting discussion ACS is the premier organization to meet progressive minded people who are interested in using the law to make policy.