ACS does a great job connecting like-minded law students and lawyers and making substantive contributions to current constitutional debates.
Plays an invaluable role in shaping the legal dialogue on constitutional issues from a progressive perspective.
The American Constitution Society is the foremost national network of lawyers, judges, policy makers and law students working to develop and promote the ideas and strategies that can help move our legal system and the constitutional law that governs it in a more progressive direction. I have had the privilege of being both audience and participant for various of its outstanding programs at both the local and national level and find that its blog and publications are reliable sources of important new insights into law and social justice. As a law professor, I know that my students who belong to ACS find their engagement with the local and national organizations to be a source of inspiration as they pursue their own paths towards legal careers that serve the public interest. ACS is simply indispensable.
This organization is a fantastic resource for the progressive legal community and those working on legal policy issues. I find myself consistently returning to its website for both the latest in legal developments as well as for foundational background on new topics. Its blogs are well-curated and cover a range of topics and perspectives.
ACS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan progressive policy organization. It works closely with local bar associations, law students, judges, Congress, and many other organizations to advocate for a more progressive reading of the Constitution. I think its work with law schools and young, new lawyers is some of its best and most important work. It helps young people become active in their communities, connects them with judges, and affects change in vulnerable populations with the energy of those new lawyers.
ACS plays a vital role in convening, educating, inspiring, and networking law students, lawyers, judges, academics, policymakers and others who believe that law should be a positive force for everyone in the United States. As a law student I was involved with ACS in its earliest years, and it helped supplement the legal education I received in classrooms with a greater focus on real-world issues and current debates. Years later, as a lawyer, I have come back to ACS and built a lawyer chapter to bring together and energize our local legal community.
ACS is a power house of legal analysis offering candid insight into the workings of our courts, government and communities. Their 2014 annual convention presented many panels on relevant legal issues provoking thoughtful discussions for everyone present. Their staff did an amazing job of bringing everyone and everything together all while making it appear effortless.
I had the privilege of working at ACS after graduating from law school, so I was able to see firsthand how dedicated the staff and the entire organization is to advancing liberalism in the legal sphere. There are any number of groups that pursue specific policies or bring people together to accomplish X, Y, or Z, but ACS really has developed a network of attorneys that can be deployed to do either/or of those two things. Obviously, ACS provides a lot of good networking opportunities, particularly in a profession that lives by networking, but it's programming is top-notch, if more people paid attention.
ACS is doing the most important work in our nation right now by countering the ever-present shrill, hateful bombast insisting the Constitution supports an extremist, retrograde agenda. Staffed by the best and brightest lawyers in the country, ACS posits a thoughtful and balanced view of our nation's charter and acts as a a powerful counterweight to the "originalist" agenda which is nothing but a shorthand for institutionalized Christian fundamentalism and economic corporatism.
As a civil rights attorney I am deeply grateful for ACS and the work they do. If they didn't exist, they would have to be invented.
ACS is a tremendous force for good in the legal community. They provide a much-needed alternative to the conservative, activist model of Constitutional interpretation promulgated by the Federalist Society.
The ACS staff and Board are high-level professionals and their educational programs are of the highest quality. For all of these reasons, ACS is growing fast and has quickly become one of ht most influential legal groups in the country.
I became a member of ACS last year, in preparation for attending the ACS Convention. I had attended events put on by my local chapter, and wanted to get more involved, because I felt that the mission of the group aligned well with my personal and professional focus on justice and progressive legal practice. Now, I am a member of my local chapter's Executive Committee, and attending the convention made me even more excited about my new role. The ACS Convention was inspiring, thought-provoking, and an excellent networking opportunity. I constantly find myself telling stories about people I heard and things I learned there, because so much of it was timely and applicable to my work. It also gave me and my fellow Executive Committee members great ideas for programming for our local chapter. I am really thankful that ACS exists in this time of political impasse and judicial retrenchment, and I look forward to continuing to work with the national organization.
The ACS helps the public , politician,students and academics understand the complex Constitutional issues confronting us today.
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.
ACS is an excellent, young organization that provides much needed balance to the legal debate in this country, which has, over the past 40 years, become dominated by conservative thought. ACS has very vibrant student and lawyer chapters across the country and appears to be gaining momentum.
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.
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.
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.
As a former attorney who now heads a philanthropy, I find ACS invaluable in keeping me informed about emerging issues. Its weekly Book Talk often summarizes cutting edge thinking. Its blog offers a well-read forum for law professors, practicing attorneys, best-selling authors, and other to debate the issues of the day. Its overview of the crisis in the federal judiciary is exceptional. Its conferences compress more wisdom into a couple of days than some law schools deliver over three years. Finally, ACS is a powerful force on behalf of a strong Constitution, evolving to meet the changing challenges of a dynamic society. It is a voice of reason and accuracy in an era where the Constitution is routinely abused by zealots who know little jurisprudence and less history. ACS rocks!