American Constitution Society (ACS) is the "left-leaning equivalent of the Federalist Society." ACS believes that law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through development and promotion of high-impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media; by building networks of lawyers, law students, judges, and policymakers, dedicated to those ideas; and by countering the activist conservative legal movement that has sought to erode our enduring constitutional values.
ACS presents a compelling vision of core constitutional values such as genuine equality, liberty, justice, and the rule of law. It is quickly debunking conservative buzzwords such as “originalism,” "textualism," and “strict construction,” that use neutral-sounding language, but all too often lead to conservative policy outcomes. One of ACS’s principal missions is nurturing the next generation of progressive lawyers, judges, policy experts, legislators, and academics. In addition, ACS has led the charge to promote up-or-down votes on judicial nominations by engaging key decision makers.