ACS Student Convention Held at Stanford Law

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Stanford Law School’s American Constitution Society chapter hosted the first-ever ACS Student Convention in March, “Gideon at 50,” which brought practitioners and jurists from around the nation together on campus for two days. Using the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright as a springboard for conversation, student leaders from across the country convened to discuss the legacy of Gideon, the future of work on behalf of low-income individuals and the critical role that students can play in delivering on Gideon’s promise of equal justice. “The conference aimed not simply at exposing students to ideas, but inspiring students to action. The relationships begun at Stanford this March have already resulted in new clinic proposals and new pro bono activities at several law schools around the country. And that is just the beginning,” explains Jake Klonoski, JD ’13, co-president of the SLS ACS chapter. The student convention built on two successful years of Bay Area student activities, which have been undertaken in partnership with ACS National, the Bay Area student and lawyer chapters, and their leaders.