American Constitution Society News

2012 - 2013 ACS Newly Elected Executive Board

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the 2012-2013 American Constitution Society Executive Board! Special thanks to outgoing graduating president Katie Bennet for helping make this year's ACS events a success. 

President: Melissa Weinstein

Vice President: Annie Nutter

Director of Programming: Donna Tooill

Secretary: Clay Kennedy

Treasurer: Kevin Coleman

Board Members At-Large: Josh Waldrop, Kaitlyn Jones, Amanda Smith 

ACS/Lambda Proposition 8 Review

Professor Marcosson will discuss the legal challenges to California's Proposition 8 Constitutional Amendment to eliminate the rights of same sex couples to marry. Discussion will focus on the February 7, 2012 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision affirming the Perry v. Schwarzenegger judgment declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional, in violation with the Equal Protection Clause, and possible outcomes if the case is argued before the Supreme Court. Lunch will be provided from Jason's Deli. 

A Conversation with Congressman John Yarmuth

U.S. Representative John Yarmuth will be speaking in at University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Tuesday, October 18th, 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Allen Courtroom.

Congressman Yarmuth represents Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In his third term, Congressman Yarmuth was selected to the Committee on Budget, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Committee on Ethics. He served as President of the Freshman Class, as Senior Whip, and was named Legislator of the Year by the Kentucky Reading Association, "Outstanding New Member of Congress" by the Committee for Education Funding, which is the largest non-partisan education organization in the nation, and "Best of Congress" by Working Mother Magazine and Corporate Voices for Working Families both in 2008 and 2010.

Though best known for his work in the media, Yarmuth’s diverse career, prior to entering the political arena, gave him a solid background in policy, business, higher education, and healthcare.

Yarmuth previously worked on Capitol Hill as Legislative Aide for Kentucky Senator Marlow Cook from 1971 to 1974, before moving back to Louisville, to publish Louisville Today Magazine.  He went on to work as Associate Vice President of University Relations at the University of Louisville and Vice President of a local healthcare firm.

In 1990, Yarmuth founded LEO Newsweekly, a free publication with approximately 150,000 monthly readers.  With Yarmuth as editor, LEO won nearly 100 Metro Louisville Journalism Awards, 16 of which were awarded to Yarmuth for his editorial and column writing. He owned the paper from 1990 to 2003, and continued writing his columns through 2005.

On television he debated local and national politics as co-host and commentator on WAVE 3’s "Yarmuth & Ziegler" in 2003 and “Hot Button” in 2004 and 2005.

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Congressman Yarmuth graduated from Atherton High School.  He went on to earn a degree in American Studies from Yale University.   



Happy Hour

ELLUS and ACS will have a joint happy hour on Thursday, October 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the BBC on 4th Street. All students are welcome to attend.

ACS Interest Meeting

The American Constitution Society will hold an interest meeting on Wednesday, August 24th at noon in Room 171 for students interested learning about ACS. Lunch will be provided. Returning ACS members are also invited to attend.

ACS Immigration Event

The American Constitution Society is hosting an event on "Immigration Law and Kentucky Senate Bill 6" featuring Professor Trucious-Haynes at 12 noon on Thursday, February 3 in room 275.  Lunch will be provided.

Snyder v. Phelps

The American Constitution Society is hosting a discussion on Snyder v. Phelps with Professor Marcosson and William Sharp of the ACLU on Wednesday, November 10 at 12:05 in room 175. Lunch will be provided.

Legal Education - The Role of the Bench, the Bar and the Academy

The Kentucky Lawyer Chapter, the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the Louisville Bar Association present:
Legal Education - The Role of the Bench, the Bar and the Academy

Dennis Honabach
Dean, Salmon P. Chase College of Law,
Northern Kentucky University

With an introduction by:
The Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr.
Judge, Sixth Circuit,
United States Court of Appeals

Thursday, November 4, 2010
5:30 p.m.
Louisville Bar Association
600 W. Main Street
Louisville, KY

CLE credit of 1 hour is available for $30 to Louisville Bar Association members. If you would like to purchase CLE please click here. (Please note that a warning page may appear. However, the Registration page is secure, click on "go to page anyway" to continue to the registration page).

This event is free of charge to non-lawyers and lawyers not seeking CLE credit.

Join us as Dean Honabach and Judge Martin discuss the role of the judiciary, the bar associations and law schools in meeting the needs of our law school graduates in this demanding economy.

ACS Attorney Luncheon

Please join local attorneys from the American Constitution Society Lawyers Chapter for a meet and greet lunch on Thursday, October 14, Room 75 at noon. Lunch will be provided.

ACS Hosts the General Counsel of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet

The American Constitution Society is hosting David O'Brien Suetholz, the general counsel of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet on Thursday, October 7 at noon in room 175. Lunch will be provided.