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The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation’s leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is comprised of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policymakers, activists and other concerned individuals who are working to ensure that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice are in their rightful, central place in American law.

The Harvard Law School ACS Chapter is one of the largest and most active student organizations at the law school. Our chapter frequently hosts events and speakers featuring leading progressive scholars and practitioners. In recent years, we’ve hosted speakers including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, New York Times columnist and Yale Law School professor Linda Greenhouse, SCOTUSBlog founder Tom Goldstein, California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu, and ACLU Women’s Rights Project Director Lenora Lapidus. Our chapter also hosts small group discussions with prominent progressive thinkers, and opportunities to meet with professors and practitioners.

Professor Michael Klarman is the faculty sponsor for the Harvard Law School ACS Chapter. Professor Klarman has won numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship, which are primarily in the areas of Constitutional Law and Constitutional History. In 2009 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Professor Klarman’s first book, From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality, was published by Oxford University Press in 2004 and received the 2005 Bancroft Prize in History. He is currently working on a revisionist history of the Founding.

ACS at Harvard Law School is closely connected with the Harvard Law and Policy Review (HLPR), the official journal of the ACS national organization. HLPR is a forum for substantive debate between progressive legal scholars and practitioners, designed to promote scholarship with a practical application to societal changes. This year, HLPR will be publishing two volumes.