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Our Latest Work

Criminal Justice
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Daves v. Dallas County, Texas, et al.

In Daves v. Dallas County, the en banc Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is considering whether Dallas County’s use of a secured money bail system violates the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of...
Rule of Law
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Committee on the Judiciary v. Donald F. McGahn, II

In Committee on the Judiciary v. McGahn, the en banc Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is considering whether the House Judiciary Committee has a cause of action to enforce a subpoena issued to...
Access to Justice
May 10, 2021

Qualified Immunity | Beyond Policing

In 1967, the Supreme Court created from whole cloth the legal doctrine of qualified immunity,...
By: Kristine A. Kippins
Civil and Human Rights
May 5, 2021

What the Constitution Promises Asian Americans

Mass shootings and frequent attacks have brought violence against Asian Americans to the forefront of...
By: Surjeet Ahluwalia, Elizabeth B. Wydra
Criminal Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

Terry v. United States

In Terry v. United States, the Supreme Court is considering whether certain individuals sentenced for low-level crack-cocaine offenses prior to enactment of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 are eligible for reduced sentences under the...
Criminal Justice
May 4, 2021

CAC Alert: Terry v. United States

Are certain individuals sentenced for low-level crack-cocaine offenses prior to enactment of the Fair Sentencing...
By: Miriam Becker-Cohen

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.