BU Law chapter of American Constitution Society named ACS student chapter of the week, Nov. 5, 2010
Source: American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
The ACS chapter at Boston University School of Law kicked off its fall semester with a general meeting and happy hour.
The BU chapter is led by a dedicated board of twelve students and its faculty advisor, Professor Jay Wexler.
The chapter hosts events nearly every week and frequently partners with other law school groups to expand interest and reach new audiences. Recent events included a lecture on recent federal litigation addressing the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The event featured Maura Healey, Chief of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Division and Gary Buseck, Legal Director of Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, both of whom had instrumental roles in the two DOMA lawsuits. The speakers took extensive questions from the audience and a reception followed the event.
The BU chapter also co-hosted a speech on Arizona SB-1070 by Thomas Saenz, President of MALDEF, along with a panel of young immigration law attorneys who spoke about their career paths and the future of immigration law. The same week, the chapter hosted Stephen Wermiel, coauthor of the recent Justice Brennan biography, for a lively discussion on Brennan's impact on the Supreme Court.
This week, BU ACS organized a lunch with twenty students and Professor Abigail Moncrieff, discussing the constitutionality of the health care law.
BU ACS is planning events for next semester on a variety of topics including climate change, judicial nominations, taxation policy, and prosecutorial ethics. The executive board is looking forward to more student and faculty participation in the upcoming months, and is in the process of establishing new student committees to plan events with judges and law firms.
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policy makers and other concerned individuals. Our mission is to promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. For more information about the organization, which has established student chapters at more than 175 law schools around the country and lawyer chapters in over 30 cities, please visit www.acslaw.org