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See highlights from CAC’s recent work, including media appearances, ongoing litigation, newly published scholarship, and upcoming events.

Our Latest Work

Federal Courts and Nominations
July 30, 2021

RELEASE: CAC Commends Lower Court Judgeship Bills

WASHINGTON – On today’s news that Congressman Hank Johnson, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s...
By: Elizabeth B. Wydra
Rule of Law
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Blassingame v. Trump

In Blassingame v. Trump, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is considering whether former President Donald Trump is entitled to absolute presidential immunity from damages liability for allegedly inciting a riot at...
Rule of Law
July 28, 2021

Originalism Watch, Sixth Circuit Edition Part II: Judge Thapar Calls for the Supreme Court to “Breath[e] New Life” Into the Nondelegation Doctrine

Back in April, my colleague, David Gans, observed that Sixth Circuit Judge John Bush’s concurrence...
By: Miriam Becker-Cohen
Federal Courts and Nominations
July 28, 2021

Analysis: U.S. Supreme Court’s ‘shadow docket’ favored religion and Trump

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WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) - As midnight approached on the eve of the U.S. Thanksgiving...
By: David H. Gans, By Lawrence Hurley, Andrew Chung
Rule of Law
July 27, 2021

#PurpleChairChat: Supporting the Next Generation of Constitutional Progressives

CAC’s interns, Dylan Hosmer-Quint of Harvard Law, and Gilbert Orbea and Saja Spearman-Weaver of Yale Law, discuss the great work they have...
By: Elizabeth B. Wydra
Rule of Law
July 27, 2021

RELEASE: CAC President Commends 1/6 Committee for Beginning Important Work, Urges Accountability

WASHINGTON – As the bipartisan Jan. 6 Select Committee holds its first hearing, Constitutional Accountability Center President Elizabeth Wydra issued the following statement and is available...
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.