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Our Latest Work

Civil and Human Rights
June 22, 2021

#PurpleChairChat: Advancing LGBTQ Rights

To mark Pride month, CAC’s Elizabeth Wydra and National Center for Lesbian Rights’ Legal Director Shannon Minter discuss the ongoing work to...
By: Elizabeth B. Wydra, Shannon Minter
Civil and Human Rights
June 18, 2021

RELEASE: CAC Supports the Abolition Amendment

WASHINGTON – Upon the introduction by Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Congresswoman Nikema Williams...
By: Elizabeth B. Wydra
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...
Corporate Accountability
U.S. Supreme Court

Nestlé USA, Inc. v. John Doe I; Cargill, Inc. v. John Doe I

In Nestlé USA, Inc. v. John Doe I and Cargill, Inc. v. John Doe I, the Supreme Court was asked to consider, among other things, whether suits against U.S. corporations under the Alien Tort Statute...
Health Care
U.S. Supreme Court

Texas v. United States

In Texas v. United States, the Supreme Court held that Texas and other plaintiff states do not have standing to challenge the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.
Civil and Human Rights
June 17, 2021

RELEASE: In Fulton, Supreme Court Avoids Overruling Longstanding Precedent, While Siding With Religious Organization That Discriminates Against LGBTQ Couples 

WASHINGTON – Following the Supreme Court’s ruling today in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, Constitutional...
By: Elizabeth B. Wydra

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.