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The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

  • Washington, DC
  • www.ACSLaw.org

Mission Statement

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.

ACS aims to revitalize and transform the legal and policy debates occurring in law school classrooms, federal and state courtrooms, legislative hearing rooms and the media. Through student and lawyer chapters all across the country, and programs and projects at both the national and local level, ACS promotes a progressive vision of the Constitution, law and public policy; educates lawyers, law students, decision-makers and the public about the historic basis and vitality of such a vision and its importance for the lives of real people; strengthens the intellectual underpinnings for progressive law and policy in the United States; and continues to build a diverse and dynamic national network.

Main Programs

  1. ACS Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Throughout all 50 states.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Caroline Fredrickson

Keywords

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constitution, law, legal, policy

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Also Known As

ACS

EIN

52-2313694

 Number

3428350017

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Law, International Law, and Jurisprudence (V26)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

ACS Programs

ACS lawyer chapters bring together an expanding grassroots network of lawyers and other professionals spanning from coast to coast. Lawyer chapters offer a local forum to share ideas and debate issues integral to a progressive legal and policy perspective; to develop important professional contacts; and to work together on substantive projects. They also connect members with national ACS initiatives, providing them with opportunities to help shape the national debate. ACS?s nationwide network of student chapters is fostering a new generation of progressive leaders. Through hundreds of programs each year featuring renowned advocates, scholars and judges addressing a wide range of legal and policy issues, chapters educate their members about the critical issues facing our country. Working with ACS lawyer chapters and the national office, they also provide students with meaningful opportunities for professional development and mentoring; participation in substantive projects; and membership in both a local community and a national network. Currently, there are over 150 law school chapters. ACS is engaged in a multi-year initiative, the Constitution in the 21st Century, to promote positive, much-needed change in our legal and policy landscape. The project brings together scholars and practitioners to formulate and advance a progressive vision of our Constitution and laws that is intellectually sound, practically relevant and faithful to our constitutional values and heritage. The centerpiece of the project is a series of issue groups focused on discrete areas of law and policy, through which a wide range of members will develop, communicate and popularize progressive ideas through papers, conferences and media outreach.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$3,517,340.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Throughout all 50 states.

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AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY FOR LAW & POLICY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Caroline Fredrickson

BIO

Caroline Fredrickson joined ACS in July 2009 as Executive Director. Prior to assuming leadership at ACS, she served as the director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, and also as General Counsel and Legal Director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Before that, Caroline was Chief of Staff to Sen. Maria Cantwell and Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. During the Clinton administration, she served as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. She has been widely published and appears frequently in the media on topics including labor law, anti-discrimination law, and human and civil rights issues. She holds a law degree from Columbia and graduated summa cum laude from Yale.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Paul M. Smith

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