American Constitution Society

“The American Constitution Society (ACS) believes that law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS 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.”

The ACS’s work is focused towards shaping debate and building networks so as to make an actual difference.  It “brings together many of the country’s best legal minds to articulate a progressive vision of our Constitution and laws. Through its public programs…, publications, and active on-line presence, ACS generates ‘intellectual capital’ for ready use by progressive allies and shapes debates on key legal and public policy issues.  …  One of its principal missions is nurturing the next generation of progressive lawyers, judges, policy experts, legislators and academics [into a] rapidly growing nationwide network: 186 student chapters in law schools in 47 states, 34 lawyer chapters in large and small cities in every part of the country, and over 16,000 paying members and thousands of other supporters.  …  The strength of ACS’s ideas and the scope of its nationwide network enable it to make a difference in legal and public policy debates and ensure that law is a force to improve the lives of all people.”

See, American Constitution Society, About.