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American Constitution Society Names Law School’s Student Chapter “Rising Chapter of the Year”

June 28, 2013 – 

The Rutgers School of Law–Newark student chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) was selected by the national organization as Rising Chapter of the Year. The designation recognizes the student group for having made the greatest strides as a new or recently-revived chapter in establishing a presence on campus focused on ACS priorities during the 2012-2013 school year.

The chapter was previously selected as chapter of the week for the week of May 3, 2013. Among the year’s programming highlights 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: 1) a discussion on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, 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; 2) a panel on the criminalization of HIV; 3) “Beyond the Equal Sign,” a panel on LGBT discrimination in New Jersey.