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American Constitution Society at New England Law | Boston

Who We Are

The American Constitution Society is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational organization.  Founded in 2001, ACS is comprised of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policymakers, activists, and other concerned individuals who are working to ensure that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice are in their rightful, central place in American law. ACS encourages its members to think critically about the law and the world around them and to express their views and make their voices heard.

Board Members 2018-2019

What We Do

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. These abiding principles are reflected in the vision of the Constitution’s framers and the wisdom of forward-looking leaders who have shaped our law throughout American history. As a result of their efforts, the Constitution has retained its authority and relevance for each new generation.   

The American Constitution Society embraces the progress our nation has made toward full embodiment of the Constitution’s core values. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. We are revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislatures, and the media.
The student chapter here at New England Law | Boston seeks to provide opportunities for interested progressive students to connect and engage with cutting-edge ideas, with high-profile speakers, and with other students and local chapters who share overlapping interests. Successful events have included a review of recent Supreme Court decisions, with New England Law | Boston professors discussing landmark cases.
In addition to providing exciting programming events, we also work to emphasize the “community” aspect of our progressive legal community, setting up social events and mentorship programs. We have some great ideas this year to make these events even better, but we need and are always eager for input from new 1Ls.

Our Work

With over 175 law school and lawyer chapters all across the country, ACS is working to:

  • Promote a progressive vision of the Constitution, public policy, and the law through speaking programs; issue groups focused on discrete law and policy subjects; a speakers bureau of leading scholars and practitioners; and media outreach and publications, all designed to turn the tide of legal and policy discourse at both the local and national levels;
  • Educate lawyers, law students, decision-makers, and the public about the legitimacy of such a vision and its importance for both our society and the lives of individuals;
  • Strengthen the intellectual underpinnings for progressive law and policy in the United States; and
  • Build a diverse and dynamic national network of students, lawyers, academics, judges, and policymakers to lead America today and over the long term

Get Involved

If you would like to learn more about American Constitution Society, please:

  • Sign up for ACS on TWEN
  • Join the “ACS at New England Law | Boston” Facebook group
  • Attend an ACS meeting or event
  • Check out the ACS national website: