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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. District Court for the District of Columbia considered whether the Department of the Treasury and the Internal...
Criminal Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

Hemphill v. New York

In Hemphill v. New York, the Supreme Court considered whether a defendant may be convicted of a crime based in part on the statement of a witness who is not present at trial and not...
Rule of Law
January 20, 2022

Justice Gorsuch’s Abandonment of Textualism in NFIB v. OSHA

Although in 2015 Justice Kagan famously quipped “we are all textualists now,” perhaps no current...
By: Miriam Becker-Cohen, Praveen Fernandes
Voting Rights and Democracy
January 19, 2022

RELEASE: Anti-Corruption Campaign Finance Provision at Risk in Supreme Court 

WASHINGTON – Following oral argument in FEC v. Ted Cruz for Senate at the Supreme...
By: Elizabeth B. Wydra
Voting Rights and Democracy
U.S. Supreme Court

Federal Election Commission v. Ted Cruz for Senate

In Federal Election Commission v. Ted Cruz for Senate, the Supreme Court is considering whether a law that prevents candidates for federal office from using more than $250,000 in campaign funds raised after an election...
Civil and Human Rights
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Burrell v. Lackawanna Recycling Center, Inc.

In Burrell v. Lackawanna Recycling Center, Inc., the Third Circuit is considering whether the practice of forcing child-support debtors to work in horrific conditions in the county recycling center for almost no pay constitutes involuntary...

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.

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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.