Congratulations to Santa Clara Law’s chapter of the American Constitution Society for being named ACS Student Chapter of the Week!
In the Spring of 2016, students passionate about social justice decided to revive the ACS Student Chapter at Santa Clara University. First-year students spearheaded the effort and held all leadership roles. Since then the chapter has sponsored and co-sponsored many events, helped build a progressive-minded student coalition, and fostered vital communication in this fractious political climate. The chapter highlights include:
- A Community Building Retreat with a Progressive Lawyers Panel and a Juvenile Justice break out session sponsored by ACS.
- A Gavel Gap Panel at the ACS Northern California Convening featuring Judge Daniel Flores, Judge Roberta Hayashi, Judge Brenda Harbin-Forte, Judge Garrett Wong, Judge Jesus Valencia, and Justice Jon Streeter.
- A discussion on Voting Rights and International Election Standards led by Dean Bradley Joondeph and Hadar Harris, Executive Director of Northern California Innocence Project.
- The Social Justice and Technology Speaker Series, co-sponsored by ACS, which features experts discussing today’s political climate and ways to effectively create change.
- A Post-Election Screening of an episode of Black-ish, followed by a discussion on bridging political divides.
- The First-Annual Documentary and Dialogue Series including The Messy Truth, Inequality for All, and 13th. Following the film, students share their thoughts and participate in conversation.
- A Progressive Lawyers in Action Panel in which practicing lawyers will describe how they use the law to nurture justice.
The Santa Clara Law chapter would like to thank its faculty advisors, Professor Ellen Kreitzberg and Professor Margaret Russell, for their continuous support and inspiration that helped make this year such a success.