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Our Latest Work

Access to Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

Arellano v. McDonough

In Arellano v. McDonough, the Supreme Court is considering whether a one-year deadline for veterans to submit claims for retroactive compensation for service-connected disabilities can be extended under principles of equitable tolling.
Voting Rights and Democracy
U.S. Supreme Court

Merrill v. Milligan and Merrill v. Caster

In Merrill v. Milligan and Merrill v. Caster, the Supreme Court is considering whether Alabama’s 2021 redistricting plan for its congressional districts violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
Environmental Protection
U.S. Supreme Court

Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency

In Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, the Supreme Court will determine the proper test for ascertaining whether wetlands are “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act.
Health Care
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Feds for Medical Freedom v. Biden

In Feds for Medical Freedom v. Biden, the en banc Fifth Circuit is considering whether President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal employees exceeds the President’s authority.
Rule of Law
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Committee on Ways & Means, U.S. House of Representatives v. U.S. Dep’t of the Treasury

In Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives v. U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit considered whether the Department of the Treasury should comply...
Rule of Law
August 9, 2022

RELEASE: Former President Trump’s Attempted Obstruction Takes Another Big Hit In D.C. Circuit Tax Case

WASHINGTON, DC – Following a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C....
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.