American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is a national organization of law students, judges, law professors, and lawyers formed in the Spring of 2001 at Georgetown. The mission of ACS is to help revitalize and transform contemporary legal debate from law school classrooms to federal courtrooms. The goal is to counter the dominant vision of American law today, a narrow conservative vision that lacks appropriate regard for the ways in which the law affects people's lives.
We seek to restore the fundamental principles of respect for human dignity, protection of individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice to their traditionally central place in American law. ACS is a non-partisan educational organization that does not lobby, litigate, or take positions on specific issues, but does encourage its members to express their views and make their voices heard.
The NYU School of Law chapter of ACS formed in the Fall of 2002. In our first year, we hosted speakers such as Nancy Chang from the Center for Constitutional Rights speaking on the U.S. Patriot Act’s impact on civil liberties and Ralph Nader speaking on corporate crimes and governance. We also hosted regular lunchtime discussions with professors and lawyers discussing their areas of interest and expertise.
This year promises to be an exciting year. Some upcoming events include our First Monday event in October (corresponding with the beginning of the Supreme Court term) focusing on judicial nominations, networking with the newly forming NYC lawyers chapter of ACS, inviting speakers such as Former Attorney General Janet Reno and Senators Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer, and more lunchtime discussions with professors.
We hope you’ll join ACS as we strive to return the U.S. Constitution to its position as the protector of individual rights and liberties. You can join our list serve by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.