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American Constitution Society

American Constitution Society
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PurposeTo promote individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law.[2]
Coordinates38°54′00″N 77°01′52″W / 38.900°N 77.0310°W / 38.900; -77.0310Coordinates: 38°54′00″N 77°01′52″W / 38.900°N 77.0310°W / 38.900; -77.0310
Russ Feingold[3]

The American Constitution Society (ACS) is a progressive legal organization. The group's stated mission is to "promote 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."[2]

ACS was created as a counterweight to, and is modeled after, the Federalist Society, and is often described as its progressive counterpart.[4][5][6][7][8]

Founded in 2001, ACS is headquartered in Washington, D.C.[1] 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 reports that it has approximately 200 law school student chapters and 40 lawyer chapters around the country.[9]

On November 14, 2018, the American Constitution Society released a letter signed by over 1,600 attorneys nationwide calling for lawmakers and Justice Department officials to protect the special counsel's Russia probe in light of Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general.[10][11] The signatories call for Whitaker to recuse himself or "otherwise be removed from overseeing the Mueller investigation as a result of his profound ethical conflicts."[10]

  1. ^ a b Savage, Charlie (December 10, 2008). "Liberal Legal Group Is Following New Administration's Path to Power". New York Times. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Mission". American Constitution Society. Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Thomsen, Jacqueline (March 22, 2020). "Russ Feingold Takes the Helm at the American Constitution Society". The National Law Journal. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  4. ^ 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), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  5. ^ Jonathan H. Adler, FedSoc v. ACS (June 19, 2010). Volokh Conspiracy.
  6. ^ Leslie A. Gordon, Left Turn Permitted (May 1, 2011), ABA Journal.
  7. ^ Stephanie Mencimer, The Tea Party Wants to Teach Your Kids About the Constitution (May 12, 2011). Mother Jones.
  8. ^ Douglas W. Kmiec, Let Dawn Do It (April 13, 2009). Legal Times.
  9. ^ "Chapters". American Constitution Society. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Axelrod, Tal (November 14, 2018). "Over 1,600 lawyers sign letter saying Mueller probe must be protected". The Hill. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Sign On to Protect the Special Counsel's Investigation | ACS". American Constitution Society. November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 16, 2018.