About ACS

The Columbia Law School chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) brings together powerful, relevant ideas and passionate, talented people to advance progressive values in the constitutional, legal, and public policy debates that continue to shape our democracy.

 

We're a vibrant chapter of progressive legal thinkers.

Our chapter works to amplify progressive voices and create an open and inclusive space for legal thinking at Columbia Law School. In the past two years alone, we have welcomed speakers like Bob Bauer, former White House Counsel to President Barack Obama (see left picture); Donald B. Verrilli '83, the 46th Solicitor General of the United States; Roberta Kaplan '91, who argued the landmark LGBTQ+ equality case United States v. Windsor before the U.S. Supreme Court; Myrna Pérez '03, Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice; Stephen Bright, who argued the landmark case Foster v. Chatham before the U.S. Supreme Court; Linda Greenhouse, the Pultizer Prize-winning Supreme Court journalist and scholar; and Debo Adegbile, who argued the landmark case Shelby County v. Holder in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Bob Bauer and Columbia's American Constitution Society

Things we do: protect the right to vote; advocate for reform in our broken criminal justice system; pursue justice for historically marginalized groups including racial and ethnic minorities and members of the LGBTQIA community; support a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented Americans; advance the scholarship of innovative, progressive legal thinkers; and so much more. 


Join ACS!

ACS Columbia Law

Interested in ACS and what we do? Join us! We have quickly become one of the most vibrant ACS chapters in the country and one of the largest student organizations at Columbia Law School. Our members plan events and shape discourse on key progressive legal issues. Please email Zach Piaker (zjp2107@columbia.edu) if you are interested.