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Criminal Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

Edwards v. Vannoy

In Edwards v. Vannoy, the Supreme Court is considering whether its decision in Ramos v. Louisiana—guaranteeing criminal defendants in both state and federal court the right to a unanimous jury verdict—applies retroactively to cases on...
Health Care
U.S. Supreme Court

Texas v. United States

In Texas v. United States, the Supreme Court is considering if it should hear a case on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.
Civil and Human Rights
U.S. Supreme Court

Fulton v. City of Philadelphia

In Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Free Exercise Clause requires Philadelphia to contract with a private agency to provide foster-parent services even though that agency refuses to comply...
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...
Voting Rights and Democracy
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Common Cause v. Donald Trump

In Common Cause v. Donald Trump, the district court for the District of Columbia is considering, among other things, whether a Trump Administration rule excluding undocumented immigrants from the apportionment base violates the Constitution. 
Rule of Law
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

United States v. Flynn

In United States v. Flynn, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is considering whether to grant the government’s motion to dismiss the criminal case against Michael Flynn, who previously pleaded guilty to making...

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.

From Our Think Tank

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CAC produces scholarship showing that the Constitution’s text and history command progressive results. We publish comprehensive accounts of some of the most important and contentious topics in modern constitutional and federal law through issue briefs, white papers, insights, and our think tank series. Our legal experts also inform public discussion around these topics by giving written and oral testimony in congressional committee hearings.