Student Spotlight

National organization taps UH Law Center student Kevin Locke for leadership role

University of Houston Law Center student Kevin Locke.

University of Houston Law Center student Kevin Locke.

May 14, 2018 – Kevin Locke, who just completed his 2L year at the University of Houston Law Center, was recently selected as an American Constitution Society Next Generation Leader.

The American Constitution Society is a national organization with the goal to make "a difference in the constitutional, legal and public policy debates that shape our democracy." It focuses on shaping debates, networking with law professionals, and improving the lives of people through policy debate.

"I was very excited to be selected as an ACS Next Generation Leader," Locke said. "It's a testament to all the work my officers and I have put in this year in reaching our goal of over 20 substantive events and winning the programming award for the first time in our chapter's history.

"After getting to know AmyJo Foreman, the incoming ACS President for 2018-2019, I am very confident that ACS will be able to continue to provide great, progressive events, and I can't wait to continue working with the new board as Internal VP."

Every year, a small group of students are chosen from their 200 chapters to join the Next Generation Leader program. These students are described as having shown commitment to society engagement and display strong leadership skills.

 An example of Locke's commitment to the organization is how the Law Center's chapter has nearly quadrupled in membership size. It has also sponsored more than 20 events this year.

"ACS as an organization has done a ton over the past two years," Locke said. "We had 30 members and now we're up to 130, which is pretty awesome. It's been a pretty great growth spurt."

Part of Locke's inspiration to study law is his goal to eventually work for non-governmental organizations. He interned with the National Green Tribunal in New Delhi, India, last summer. He was awarded a summer fellowship with the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps for this summer.

"I realized working with the NGO's takes a lot of litigation experience, which is difficult to get in law school," Locke said. "JAG is what I wanted to do to gain more litigation experience. My brother is a marine my father was in the Navy, so military is kind of a theme in our family. It seemed like the best option and a good fit."