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.
In recent years, an activist conservative legal movement has gained influence - eroding these enduring values and presenting the law as a series of sterile abstractions. This new orthodoxy, which threatens to dominate our courts and our laws, does a grave injustice to the American vision.
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, and we are building a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. Through these efforts, ACS will ensure that the institutions of American law reflect the highest values of our nation and serve the needs of its people.
Founded in conjunction with the Program on Law & Government, the American Constitutional Society ("the Society") is a student organization at the Washington College of Law ("WCL"). The Society seeks to promote the values of equity and respect for the rule of law embodied in the living document that is the Constitution. The Society will promote civic and intellectual growth through a better understanding of various textual interpretations as well as constitutional arguments, both past and present, and by discussion of the document's current daily life applications and implications. All of these goals together will foster a strong dedication to the idea of America as a diverse nation unified by our common bond. A bond found and embodied in the Constitution; that guiding set of principles and rights that no individual and no law is above but that each is free to call upon as their own.