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Our Latest Work

Rule of Law
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Blumenthal, et al. v. Trump

Federal Courts and Nominations
April 26, 2018

Fifth Annual Home Stretch at the Supreme Court

The day after the Supreme Court concludes its oral arguments for the 2017-18 Term, CAC...
Participants: Elizabeth B. Wydra, Brianne J. Gorod, Ari Melber (Moderator), Kristen Clarke, John P. Elwood, Ajmel Quereshi
Immigration and Citizenship
U.S. Supreme Court

Hawaii v. Trump

In Hawaii v. Trump, the Supreme Court is considering whether President Trump’s travel ban exceeds the President’s delegated powers under the Immigration and Nationality Act and violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Rule of Law
U.S. Supreme Court

Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission

In Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Supreme Court is considering whether the Securities and Exchange Commission’s administrative law judges are Officers of the United States within the meaning of the Constitution’s Appointments Clause.
Federal Courts and Nominations
April 20, 2018

Trump’s War on ‘Deep State’ Judges

The administration wants the Supreme Court to make it easier for politically appointed agency heads...
Immigration and Citizenship
April 20, 2018

RELEASE: Echoing CAC Brief on Behalf of Members of Congress, Unanimous Court of Appeals Panel Holds Trump Administration Anti-Immigrant Policy Unlawful

The Seventh Circuit’s ruling in this case should hit the Trump Administration like a thunderclap.

Our Latest Cases

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CAC pursues a litigation strategy unique among progressive legal organizations by relying on the Constitution’s text and history. Our powerful amicus briefs provide invaluable arguments to Supreme Court Justices, legal scholars, and fellow advocates. Our clients include current and former bipartisan Members of Congress, state and local officials, law professors, and various nonprofit organizations. CAC’s efforts help to secure important legal victories in the Supreme Court, lower federal courts, and state supreme courts.

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