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American Constitution Society (ACS)
September 24, 2007

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. Our mission is to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law.

Becoming a member of the Chicago-Kent ACS Chapter is easy! Simply email us at and ask to be added to our mailing list.  As a member of the mailing list, you will receive a bi-weekly newsletter informing you of our upcoming events and other pertinent information.

There are no membership fees or attendance requirements to stay a member of the Chicago-Kent chapter.  We simply ask that you come to the events that interest you!

Here is a schedule of our upcoming events:

Judge Diane Wood: Immigration Adjudication Under Stress in the 7th Circuit

Wednesday, October 10, 3:00pm
Location: 10th floor Event Room

The ACS is delighted to welcome the Honorable Diane P. Wood, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. 

Wood received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge Irving L. Goldberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. Following her clerkships, she worked briefly for the U.S. State Department on international investment, antitrust, and transfer of technology issues.

She briefly worked in private practice with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Covington & Burling. There, her principal work was in the areas of trial and appellate antitrust litigation, antitrust counseling, general litigation, and international law. Moving from private practice into academia in the 1980s and early 1990s, Judge Wood served on the faculties of the Georgetown University Law Center, Cornell Law School, the University of San Diego Institute of International & Comparative Law, and the University of Chicago.

Before her appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1995, Judge Wood was the Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professor of International Legal Studies at the University of Chicago Law School, where she currently serves as a senior lecturer. Her scholarship focuses on antitrust, federal civil procedure, and international trade and business.

Between 1989 and 1990, Judge Wood was a member of the senior advisory group of the Brookings Institution's Civil Justice Project, which conducted a detailed study of the problems of cost and delay in the federal civil justice system, and recommended legislation that led to the enactment of the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990.

A reception will follow Judge Wood's talk.

Professor Peter Edelman:
From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half

Wednesday, October 31, 3:00pm
Location: Chicago-Kent Courtroom

Co-Sponsored by the Chicago-Kent ACS Chapter and the Institute for Law and Humanities

Professor Peter Edelman is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches constitutional law and poverty law.  A member of the faculty since 1982, he has served in all three branches of government.  He took leave during President Clinton's first term to serve as counselor to Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala and then as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation.  He was a legislative assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and was issues director for Senator Edward Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1980.  Prior to working for Robert Kennedy, he was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg and before that to Judge Henry J. Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He also worked in the U.S. Department of Justice as special assistant to Assistant Attorney General John Douglas in the Civil Division and was a partner in the law firm of Foley & Lardner.

Professor Edelman's book, Searching for America's Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope, is available in paperback from Georgetown University Press.  He has written extensively on poverty, constitutional law, and children and youth.  His article in the Atlantic Monthly entitled "The Worst Thing Bill Clinton Has Done," received the Harry Chapin Media Award.  With Harry Holzer and the late Paul Offner, he recently co-authored Reconnecting Disconnected Young Men, published by Urban Institute Press.

Professor Edelman has chaired and been a board member of numerous organizations and foundations.  He is chair of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission and is currently board president of the New Israel Fund and board chair of