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Eden Thompson Recognized as Next Generation Leader by the American Constitution Society


ACS Group PictureRecent graduate Eden Thompson was chosen through a nationwide contest to be a Next Generation Leader by the ACS.

Cincinnati, OH- “I’ve always had an interest in the humanities, and helping people,” said Thompson. “I have just always had a general interest in the law.”

Eden Thompson, third-year College of Law student and president of UC’s chapter of the American Constitution society, was recently selected to be a Next Generation Leader by the American Constitution Society (ACS) national body. This selection will grant her unique networking opportunities, including future involvement in ACS sponsored events and other resources to facilitate her future in law. Thompson was one of the 28 students selected by the ACS national body.

“I got involved with ACS my first year, as a 1L representative. The next year I became secretary, and by the third year I was president,” said Thompson. “I applied for the Next Generation Leader program, which identifies upcoming law school graduates who have demonstrated special leadership in their work with the ACS student chapters.”

Eden ThomsonInitially studying political science and history at Miami University, Thompson’s love for law sparked in her undergraduate studies during her constitutional law class. Now, her acknowledgement by the ACS serves as a reminder to continue to raise important questions regarding constitutional interpretation to improve the lives of all people. With a clerkship lined up after graduation, her future already seems to be reaching new heights.

“This clerkship is my dream job to start out with,” said Thompson. “But my dream job has always been in litigation - either working for a law firm or getting a job in the federal government.”

As Next Generation Leader, Thompson plans to continue her involvement with ACS in networking with the national body to plan events, debates, and discussions along with her exclusive access to the many resources and large networking team available.

About the American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society believes that law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through development and promotion of high-impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media; by building networks of lawyers, law students, judges and policymakers dedicated to those ideas; and by countering the activist conservative legal movement that has sought to erode our enduring constitutional values. With over 200 student and lawyer chapters in 48 states, ACS offers a platform for discussion on the issues of the day, as well as provide opportunities for networking, mentoring, and organizing.

About The Next Generation Leader Program
In 2007, the American Constitution Society launched its Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program, which identifies and provides support to recent and forthcoming law school graduates who have demonstrated special leadership in their work with ACS’s student chapters, and who have the interest, skills and ability to remain vital members of the ACS community for years to come. NGL applicants undergo a competitive application process. Each year, 20-25 students are selected as NGLs, and one NGL is selected to serve a 2-year term as a student member of ACS’s Board.

By: Kyler Davis, communication intern
Publication Date: June 1, 2017