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ACS Student Chapter Recognized for Programming Achievements

May 14, 2013 – 

The Rutgers School of Law–Newark student chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) was selected by the national organization as student chapter of the week for the week of May 3, 2013.

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ACS executive board president Jeff Hinkeldey (third from right) with board members (l-r): Lindsey Shoap, John Boehler, Chris Celentano, Alex Larkin, Kenny Louis, and Bobby Kress.

“As a new organization, it’s great to be recognized for our work in establishing the chapter and bringing some great speakers and programs to the law school,” said 2L Jeff Hinkeldey, who will again serve as ACS president during 2013-2014. “We’re very excited to be making plans to grow even stronger next year.”

Clinical Professor Penny Venetis and Eric Neisser Public Interest Program director Jessica Kitson are advisers to the ACS chapter.

Among the chapter’s program highlights noted by ACS were:

  • “Do Minority Votes Need Protection,” a discussion of Shelby County v. Holder with Jon Greenbaum, chief counsel and senior deputy director at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. 
  • Gideon at 50: Providing Better Representation to Indigent Criminal Defendants,” with U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman; Joe Krakora, public defender for the State of New Jersey; David Carroll, executive director of the Sixth Amendment Center; Essex County Assignment Judge Patricia Costello; and Alex Shalom, policy counsel for the ACLU of New Jersey.
  • Programs on LGBT issues:
    • a discussion on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, co-sponsored with the Federalist Society and Human Rights Forum, featuring Udi Ofer, executive director of the ACLU of New Jersey, and Ken Klukowski, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council; 
    • with the LGBTQ Caucus, a panel on the criminalization of HIV; 
    • with the Neisser Public Interest Program, “Beyond the Equal Sign,” a panel on LGBT discrimination in New Jersey featuring Rutgers–Newark Associate Chancellor Steven Goldstein, founder of Garden State Equality. 
  • Co-sponsored with the Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal and the ACS New Jersey Lawyer Chapter “Cyberbullying in America.” The journal’s symposium featured retired Judge Glenn Berman, who presided over State v. Dharun Ravi; Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon; State Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle; and New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa.