News & Events

Recent News about ALICE

ALICE Newsletters:

March 13, 2014
December 2013
June 2013
April 2013
February 2013



"United States of ALEC - A Follow-Up"June 23rd, 2013

"In state houses around the country, hundreds of pieces of boilerplate ALEC legislation are proposed or enacted that would, among other things, dilute collective bargaining rights, make it harder for some Americans to vote, and limit corporate liability for harm done to consumers - each accomplished without the public ever knowing who's behind it."


ALICE Project Seeks to Increase Access to Local Law, Measures as Counter to ALEC - Free Speech Radio News, September 26, 2012


Building a progressive alternative to ALEC - The Washington Post, July 29, 2014

Progressive Groups Merge in Effort to Counter ALEC in State Capitols - July 16, 2014

Hello, DKos. You’ve Met ALEC, But Have You Met ALICE? - Daily Kos, December 1, 2012

ALICE: A Progressive Counterpoint to ALEC, Judith Davidoff - Isthmus, October 11, 2012

"ALICE is the very essence of the Wisconsin idea: ‘To use whatever brains and research are available to suggest things that will improve the general welfare.’"

Georgia Leaders Depend on the Same Well for Ideas, Walter C. Jones Rome News-Tribune, October 6, 2012

First there was ALEC, now there’s progressive focused ALICE, Mary Spicuzza and Clay Barbour Wisconsin State Journal, September 29th 2012

"…while ALEC has some 2,000 members, holds conferences and has corporate financial backing, ALICE sees itself as a smaller, less well-funded part of a group of organizations that could one day get progressive ideas the same exposure as ALEC manages to do with conservative ideas."

The Antidote to ALEC: ALICE, Aaron Keating Washington Policy Watch, September 19 2012

" Unlike ALEC, ALICE is no corporate-funded juggernaut – and doesn’t aspire to be one. It’s on open and transparent resource for all who are interested in what’s best about progressive policy."

Counter ALEC with ALICE, Jim Hightower - August 10, 2012

"This secretive corporate front is behind hundreds of regressive and repressive bills that're being pushed through Republican-controlled state legislatures. Its bills and tactics are so venomous that 35 of ALEC's brand-name corporate funders – from Amazon to Walmart – have withdrawn their names and money this year."

ALEC, Meet ALICE, ACS Blog Guest Post - June 8, 2012

Building a Progressive Counterforce to ALEC, Katrina vanden Heuvel The Nation blog post, April 11 2012

" In recent months, the need to build progressive strength in cities, towns, counties and states across the country has become crystal clear. Conservative coordination across state lines has led to assaults on workers rights, voting rights and women’s rights, and only an energetic, well-coordinated progressive response has prevented far more extensive damage to our democracy."

"ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), for nearly 40 years the best kept open secret of the American Right, has certainly been in the news lately..."

Deepening the progressive bench, Katrina vanden Heuvel – Washington Post – April 10, 2012

“On the policy front, the centerpiece of the effort is an initiative called the American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange (ALICE), started by Center on Wisconsin Strategy director Joel Rogers. ALICE would offer model laws for both state and local legislators and support citizen-directed efforts like ballot initiatives, all based on the values of equity, sustainability and responsible government.”

Lobbyists, Guns and Money, Paul Krugman - March 25, 2012

"What is ALEC? Despite claims that it’s nonpartisan, it’s very much a movement-conservative organization, funded by the usual suspects: the Kochs, Exxon Mobil, and so on. Unlike other such groups, however, it doesn’t just influence laws, it literally writes them, supplying fully drafted bills to state legislators."

The Big Money Behind State Laws, NYTimes Op-Ed - February 12, 2012

"It is no coincidence that so many state legislatures have spent the last year taking the same destructive actions: making it harder for minorities and other groups that support Democrats to vote, obstructing health care reform, weakening environmental regulations and breaking the spines of public- and private-sector unions. All of these efforts are being backed — in some cases, orchestrated — by a little-known conservative organization financed by millions of corporate dollars. The American Legislative Exchange Council..."

Past Events

August 18-22, 2014
National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit
Minneapolis, MN

June 25-27, 2014
Working Poor Families Project - State Partners Meeting
Chicago, IL

June 19-21, 2014
American Constitution Society National Convention
Washington, DC

June 10, 2014
International Legislative Drafting Institute
The Public Law Center
New Orleans, LA

May 30-June 1, 2014
U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives Annual Conference
Chicago, IL
April 4, 2014
Yale Law School
March 8-12, 2014
NLC Congressional City Conference
Washington, DC
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February 21-22, 2014
RebLaw Progressive Law Student Conference
Yale Law School
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Panel on progressive city legislation
January 2-5, 2014
American Association of Law Schools
New York, NY
November 26, 2013
PLI Webinar: A Progressive Agenda for States and Localities
November 13 - 16, 2013
National League of Cities Conference
Seattle, WA
November 7, 2013
Northwestern University Law School ACS Chapter Event
Chicago, IL
Marquette University School of Law ACS Chapter Event
Milwaukee, WI
November 1-2, 2013
Stanford Law School
Palo Alto, CA
October 25-27, 2013
Local Progress Conference
Washington, DC

October 24-25, 2013
Berkeley Law School Henderson Center Fall 2013 Symposium
Berkeley, CA

October 16, 2013 
Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center
Durham, NC
October 8, 2013
Philadelphia, PA
September 26, 2013
University of Wisconsin Law School
Madison, WI
September 23-25, 2013
Committee on the States
6th Annual Leadership Conference
Cleveland, OH
September 12, 2013
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Bloomington, IN
September 11, 2013
Washington Univerisity School of Law
St. Louis, MO
September 7, 2013 
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Chicago, IL
September 4, 2013
Northern Illinois University College of Law
DeKalb, IL
September 3, 2013
University of Colorado School of Law
Boulder, CO
University of Denver College of Law
Denver, CO
August 12-15, 2013
NCSL Legislative Summit 2013
Atlanta, GA
July 19-22, 2013
National Association of Counties Conference
Fort Worth, TX
June 13-15, 2013
ACS National Convention
Washington, DC
June 12-15, 2013
"Fighting Forward" Working Class Studies Conference
Madison, WI
May 30-June 2, 2013
Law and Society Association Annual Conference
Boston, MA
April 27, 2013
Association for Law, Property and Society
University of Minnesota Law School
Minneapolis, MN
April 27 - May 1, 2013
AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education
San Juan, Puerto Rico
April 17, 2013
Boston University School of Law
Boston, MA
April 16, 2013
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA
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April 10, 2013
Stanford Law School
Palo Alto, CA

April 9, 2013
UC Berkeley Law School
Berkeley, CA
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ACS Bay Area Lawyer Chapter
Oakland, CA

April 4, 2013
EARN Network Webinar: “Introducing ALICE!”

April 1, 2013
UNLV Boyd School of Law
Las Vegas, NV

March 11, 2013
California Western and Thomas Jefferson Law Schools
San Diego, CA

March 5, 2013
NYU Law School
New York, NY
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March 4, 2013
Columbia Law School
New York, NY

February 27, 2013
University of Chicago Law School
Chicago, IL

February 25, 2013
John Marshall Law School
Chicago, IL

February 20, 2013
Madison East High School
Madison, WI

February 19, 2013
University of Wisconsin Law School
Madison, WI

February 9, 2013
Society of American Law Teachers Norman Amaker Public Interest Law and Social Justice Retreat
Woodstock, IL

February 4, 2013
Emerald Cities Collaborative Local Directors Meeting
Washington, DC

January 8, 2013
Seattle University School of Law
Seattle, WA

November 17, 2012
Class Crits conference
University of Wisconsin Law School
November 16, 2012
National Association of Legislative and Political Specialists for Education

Captiva Island, FL

October 4-6, 2012
Society of American Law Teachers teaching conference
Plenary panel
Baltimore, MD
June 14-16, 2012
American Constitution Society National Convention
Washington, DC
June 5-8, 2012
Law and Society Conference
Honolulu, HI
April 30-May 3, 2012
AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education
Los Angeles, CA
February 16, 2012
Rebellious Lawyering Conference
Yale Law School
New Haven, CT
February 11, 2012
Society of American Law Teachers Norman Amaker Retreat
Woodstock, IL