American Constitution Society
|American Constitution Society for Law and Policy|
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|Purpose/focus||The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law.|
|Location||1333 H Street
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is a progressive legal organization that promotes the U.S. Constitutional values of "individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law." 
According to the ACS website:
ACS is centered around the idea that the law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. It works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through development and promotion of high-impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media; by building networks of lawyers, law students, judges and policymakers dedicated to those ideas; and by countering the activist conservative legal movement that has sought to erode our enduring constitutional values. By bringing together powerful, relevant ideas and passionate, talented people, ACS makes a difference in the constitutional, legal and public policy debates that shape our democracy.
ACS has 190 student chapters and 39 lawyer chapters around the country. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The organization promotes and facilitates discussion and debate of progressive public policy ideas and issues, providing forums for legal scholars, lawmakers, judges, lawyers, public policy advocates, law students and members of the media.
ACS hosts press and Capitol Hill briefings and public policy debates as well as an annual convention where experts, both conservative and progressive, debate and discuss an array of legal and public policy issues. The annual conference draws lawyers, judges, elected officials, academics, public interest activists and students. Speakers at ACS events have included U.S. Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, Vice President Joe Biden, former Vice President Al Gore, U.S. Senators Russ Feingold, Amy Klobuchar, Patrick Leahy, Charles Schumer, Paul Wellstone, and Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Representatives Tammy Baldwin, Artur Davis, Barney Frank, Diana DeGette, Jesse Jackson, Jr., and John Lewis, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Janet Reno and Attorney General Eric Holder, former Solicitors General Paul D. Clement, Walter E. Dellinger, Drew S. Days and Seth P. Waxman, and White House Counsel Greg Craig.
ACS publications, communications and projects
The organization fosters debate and discussion about legal and justice policy issues through the dissemination of ACS Issue Briefs, the ACSBlog, the Harvard Law and Policy Review (HLPR) (which serves as the official journal of ACS), and Advance: The Journal of the ACS Issue Groups.
In 2009, ACS published Keeping Faith with the Constitution by Pamela S. Karlan, Goodwin Liu and Christopher H. Schroeder. Keeping Faith examines the text and history of the Constitution revealing how the nation's framers inscribed the fundamental values of liberty, equality and democracy into the document.
- Fletcher, Michael (Dec. 7, 2008), Legal Organization May Become Influential Beyond Its Dreams, The Washington Post.
- Hines, Crystal Nix (June 1, 2001), Young Liberal Law Group Is Expanding, The New York Times. [This article refers to the society under an older name, the "Madison Society for Law and Policy."]
- Jeffrey, Jeff (Nov. 17, 2008), Critical Moment for Liberal Law Group, Legal Times.
- Mikva, Abner (2006), ACS v. Federalists, The Nation.
- Savage, Charlie (Dec. 11, 2008), Liberal Legal Group Is Following New Administration's Path to Power, The New York Times.
- "Mission", American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
- Michael McGough, Supreme Court nomination battle spotlights legal societies and their divergent views: Newer American Constitution Society modeled on more conservative Federalist Society (August 14, 2005), Pittsburg Post-Gazette.
- Jonathan H. Adler, FedSoc v. ACS (June 19, 2010). Volokh Conspiracy.
- Leslie A. Gordon, Left Turn Permitted (May 1, 2011), ABA Journal.
- Stephanie Mencimer, The Tea Party Wants to Teach Your Kids About the Constitution (May 12, 2011). Mother Jones.
- Douglas W. Kmiec, Let Dawn Do It (April 13, 2009). Legal Times.