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W&L Law American Constitution Society Named Chapter of the Week

The Washington and Lee University School of Law chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) has been named the “Student Chapter of the Week” for the week of May 2, 2015.

The ACS national organization selects chapters to be featured that it considers to have held exceptional programming, have aligned themselves with the priorities of the national office or have established themselves as a premier student group on campus. The W&L Law chapter is featured on the ACS website, in the ACS weekly bulletin and in the ACS Student Chapters weekly announcement.

The W&L chapter held fifteen events during the school year and also focused on increasing name recognition and building a sustained membership base.

The W&L ACS events included:

  • Jefferson Powell, Professor at Duke Law School, joined W&L and ACS to give his interim report at W&L’s campus wide Constitution Day;
  • A Supreme Court Preview featured a wide variety of cases including FERC v. Electric Power Supply Association, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, and Evenwel v. Abbott;
  • A screening of the film Vessel provided a unique perspective on the realities created by anti-abortion laws around the world;
  • Alumnus Anthony Kreis spoke about LGBTQ rights and the intersection of anti-discrimination protections and religious liberty;
  • Ian Millhiser joined ACS to explain the judicial restraint found in Carolene Products footnote 4 for a Constitutional Interpretation Debate;
  • Chiraag Bains of the DOJ reported on solitary confinement and explained the guiding principles for reforming correctional practices;
  • Steve Miskinis of the DOJ’s Environmental and Natural Resource Division presented on public interest work, Indian rights, and clerking.

The faculty advisors for the W&L Law ACS chapter are Professors Margaret Hu and Christopher Seaman. You can follow the organization’s activities on Twitter: @WLULawACS.