The Duke Law chapter of the American Constitution Society is a vibrant force on campus. It hosts exciting events on emerging and evolving constitutional issues from a progressive perspective. Some ACS events from previous academic years included screening a film on the implications of U.S. drug policies, hosting a panel on gun control, organizing presentations on current cases in front of the Supreme Court such as Fisher v. University of Texas (affirmative action) and Shelby County v. Holder (Section 5 of the Voter Rights Act), and hosting Robert Bauer (former White House counsel to President Obama) for a talk about the constitutional protections for practicing politics. Additionally, ACS organizes small group lunches with Duke professors to discuss their scholarship and perspective on constitutional issues.
Duke Law’s leadership in the ACS community was exemplified by its invitation to host the 2017 ACS National Student Convention to be held on March 31-April 1, 2017. This will be the fourth student convention and the first to be held east of the Mississippi. The chapter is eager to meet and collaborate with students from across the ACS national community.
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation’s leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. Our mission is to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law.