American Constitution Society for Law and PolicyThe American Constitution Society (ACS) is a group of students concerned about the pervasive conservative orthodoxy in American law and politics. The group believes in the importance of law as the mechanism that governs the relationships between and among the individuals and institutions that form our society, and recognizes the direct relationship between legal theory and the broader political debate about the kind of society in which we live.
The members of the society believe, contrary to the current view that the traditional values of compassion and respect for human dignity have little or no place in legal discourse, that the law, and, in particular, the Constitution, serves human values. The goal of the Constitution, and the United States it created, is to permit people to succeed in the "pursuit of happiness," one of the inalienable rights this nation explicitly was founded to secure to the American people.
ACS believes that the Constitution and, by extension, many other areas of American law, can be understood only by reference to principles of decency, reason, humanity and compassion. Those who enforce the law must have concern for the way in which it affects the lives of the people in our nation, and these principles should form a starting point for enactment, as well as interpretation, of the law.
The mission of the American Constitution Society is to harness these values of compassion and respect for each individual, and to re-incorporate them into American law and politics, in order to build a stronger and more decent national community.
2012-2013 Executive Board
President: Arunan Arulampalam