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Environmental Protection
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

League of Conservation Voters v. Trump

In League of Conservation Voters v. Trump, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is considering whether President Trump may lawfully rescind certain measures put in place by President Obama to protect Alaskan...
Corporate Accountability
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

XY Planning Network, LLC v. SEC

In XY Planning Network, LLC v. SEC, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is considering whether the Securities and Exchange Commission’s “Best Interest Rule” violates the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...
Civil and Human Rights
May 27, 2020

#PurpleChairChat Episode 4: Free Speech and Equality in the Digital Age

By: David H. Gans, Praveen Fernandes
Rule of Law
U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

ASISTA Immigration Assistance v. Albence

Challenging a Trump Administration change in immigration policy that harms crime victims and law enforcement efforts, because the official who issued the new policy is serving unlawfully as the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and...
Civil and Human Rights
May 21, 2020

ISSUE BRIEF: Speech and Its Relationship to Equality: Constitutional Values in the Digital Age

Understanding the constitutional duty to strike a balance between speech and equality can help inform...
By: David H. Gans
Immigration and Citizenship
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Ryan v. ICE

In Ryan v. ICE, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is deciding whether U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers may make civil immigration arrests in and around courthouses.

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.