American Constitution Society

The American Constitution 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. By bringing together powerful, relevant ideas and passionate, talented people, ACS makes a difference in the constitutional, legal and public policy debates that shape our democracy.

Today, America’s values, our constitutional heritage, and the freedoms and opportunities of our people are being undermined by a narrow, conservative approach to the law that lacks appropriate regard for the ways in which the law affects people’s lives. This conservative vision, which is advanced by a highly organized movement and has come to dominate American law and public policy — from law school classrooms to legislative hearing rooms and federal courtrooms — threatens to undermine the true promise of our Constitution.

ACS is committed to fostering a progressive vision of the law on issues across the policy spectrum, including access to the courts; antidiscrimination and affirmative action; civil liberties; consumer rights; criminal justice; disability rights; freedom of speech; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights; international human rights; immigration; open government; labor law; the political process; privacy; protection of health, safety and the environment; and women’s rights and reproductive freedom.

2013-2014 ACS Officers

President: Sarmistha (Buri) Banerjee - banerjee.buri@gmail.com 

Vice President: Andy Boden - boden917@gmail.com 

Treasurer: Chris Crimer - chriscrimer@gmail.com 

Secretary: John Festa - john.festa@hotmail.com 

Program Chairman: Sean Trausch - sean.trausch@yahoo.com 

Section 1 1L Representative: Justin Hastings and Ben Wagner

Section 2 1L Representatives: Samantha Albrecht, Matthew Flores, & Christian Solares  

Faculty Advisors:
Professor Marc Falkoff
(815) 753-0660
Lschlam@niu.edu

Professor Lawrence Schlam
(815) 753-0140
Lschlam@niu.edu

Professor Amy Widman
(815) 753-1331 
awidman@niu.edu