Monday, March 07, 2005

ACS Board Elections!

Its time to run for the best board at Columbia!

What is ACS?
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
Columbia Chapter’s faculty advisors are Professor Mike Dorf and
Professor Gillian Metzger

What do they do at Columbia?
We are a group of law students who believe in a progressive vision
of law and society. Each term, we organize a wide range of
activities such as speeches and debates by noted legal scholars and
political figures, student symposia, and social events.

What Board Positions are Available?

 The President is in charge of all the day-to-day operations of the
Chapter.  S/he will serve as a liaison to ACS national and other
lawyer and student chapters.  S/he is also responsible for holding
regular board and membership meetings.

Vice President, Membership Development
 This board member is responsible for maintaining our membership
database, as well as organizing membership development events,
including social programming.   They will oversee administration of
our mentorship program and be the point person for planning our
orientation event.

The Treasurer is responsible for submitting budget information to
the Student Senate each semester and for managing our Columbia

The Secretary will keep and distribute minutes from board and
regular meetings, and will work with the other board members to
publicize events.

Debate Chair
The debate chair will oversee a minimum of one debate, usually with
the Federalist Society, per semester.

 The Blog/Webmaster will be responsible for updating our CLS
webpage, and for maintaining and promoting content on our web-log.
No special computer skills necessary.

Vice President, Practitioner Relationships
This board member will serve as a liaison to the ACS practitioner
community, as well as the CLS faculty clerkship committee.  S/he
will help to organize the development of a database to serve as a
resource for ACS members applying for clerkships and other legal

Vice President, Special Initiatives
 This Board member will be the chapter point person for special ACS
National Initiatives, like the Constitution in the 21st Century
Project and other projects as they develop.

3L Representative-at-large (up to 3
 The 3L Representatives at large will be responsible for providing
support to the other board members as needed.

1L Representative (2)
1L Representatives will be selected by the board next fall.  One of
the 1L representatives will represent the chapter at the Public
Interest Umbrella Group Meetings.

When will Elections be Held?
ACS Elections will be held on Tuesday, March 29th at lunchtime.

How do I Run?
First, fill out a board application  available in Liz Aloi’s mail-file.   They
are due Friday, March 25th at 5pm.   Then, come to the elections on
March 29th prepared to give a brief statement. That’s it!

Who is Eligible to Vote?
Any one who has self-identified as being an ACS member by (1) paying
their national dues or (2) attending ACS events in the last school

Where can I find out more information?
Check out our website (, or email Liz at eaa2101 or Mike
at mjn2102.


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