This weekend, in Washington, D.C., the American Constitution Society (ACS) is holding its 2005 National Convention. For those of you who are not familiar with it, the ACS is the left-wing's answer to the Federalist Society.
Check out the ACS Convention's star-studded line-up -- oodles and oodles of federal judges will be in attendance! (Notably absent: Second Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi, who got himself into some hot water with his controversial remarks at last year's conference.) Panelists at this year's ACS conference -- mostly liberals, but with a few conservatives thrown in for good measure -- include the following Article III boldface names:
--two high-powered former D.C. Circuit judges, Judge Abner Mikva, who served as White House Counsel in the scandal-plagued Clinton administration, and Judge Patricia Wald, "a little woman with a big sense of style";
--her partner in crime, the grandfather of liberal judicial activism, the Emperor Palpatine;
--two brilliant former legal academics who might someday sit on the Supreme Court: in a Republican administration, the well-dressed Judge Michael McConnell (10th Cir.), and in a Democratic administration, Judge Diane Wood (7th Cir.). (Judge McConnell and Judge Wood are both members of the Elect, of course.)
Please email Article Three Groupie with sight-ations from the ACS Convention, which sounds like it will be a fantastic event for judicial celebrity sightings. Please pay particular attention to the judges' attire and eating habits, and listen carefully for funny anecdotes and good gossip. (The conference proceedings will be covered by the ACS Blog, but A3G expects their coverage to focus on substance rather than style.)
A3G discussed last year's Federalist Society Convention in loving detail; she'd like to give the ACS Convention similarly lavish treatment in the pages of her blawg (despite her ideological disagreements with the ACSers). She thanks you in advance for your tidbits and contributions!