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American Constitution Society names two Penn Law students Next Generation Leaders

April 25, 2019

The national American Constitution Society (ACS) has selected the co-Presidents of the Penn Law ACS chapter, Allison Perlin L’20 and Jon Gould L’19, as Next Generation Leaders. Next Generation Leaders are selected through a competitive application process, and the program recognizes students who have demonstrated strong leadership and exceptional commitment to ACS engagement.

As Next Generation Leaders, Perlin and Gould will help to shape the future of ACS at the national level and will gain access to ACS career development resources and networking opportunities.

“We are honored to have focused our efforts as co-presidents of ACS on addressing human rights violations, both within the United States and abroad. In the process we created long lasting pro bono projects and advocacy opportunities. We look forward to our next steps in this exciting new position,” said Perlin.

At Penn Law, Perlin focuses her extracurricular work on advocating for human rights. In addition to her position in ACS, she is Project Director of the War Crimes Litigation Project for the International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA) and will serve as IHRA Director next year, and is the Litigation Coordinator for the Criminal Records Expungement Project (C-REP). She is also an Articles Editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law. As a student legal representative in the Transnational Legal Clinic, Perlin also works on behalf of clients in asylum and immigration proceedings.

Gould, in addition to his work with ACS, volunteers for the Military Assistance Project, plays intramural flag football, and engages in advocacy work around the issue of rebalancing the Supreme Court. 

“I feel proud to have been part of a great progressive organization like ACS during my time at the law school,” said Gould, who will graduate from Penn Law this spring. “Our advocacy around voting and voting rights in 2018 was a particular highlight.” 

ACS is an organization of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policy makers and activists working to support and strengthen the principles of individual rights and liberties, equality, access to justice, and human dignity within American law. Penn Law’s ACS chapter engages in direct activism around voting and voting rights — last fall, the group organized a Greater Penn Voter Registration Party that featured Vice President Biden and University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann as speakers, and participated in voter protection efforts on election day. Penn Law ACS regularly hosts discussions of the most pressing issues in the U.S. legal system, such as partisan gerrymandering, terrorism prosecutions, and election interference. These discussions bring to campus leading lawyers, judges, and scholars who share their insights and experience with Penn Law students. 

“The naming of Allison and Jon as ACS Next Generation Leaders is a well-earned honor,” said Ted Ruger, Penn Law’s Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law. “Under their thoughtful and diligent leadership, Penn Law’s ACS chapter has continued to hold events that generate critical and necessary dialogue within the Law School community. I’m proud to see their hard work recognized.”