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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...
Civil and Human Rights
U.S. Supreme Court

Caniglia v. Strom

In Caniglia v. Strom, the Supreme Court is considering whether the “community caretaking” exception to the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement should extend to the home.
Rule of Law
U.S. Supreme Court

Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid

In Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, the Supreme Court is considering whether a California labor regulation allowing union representatives to visit private farmland constitutes a per se violation of the Takings Clause of the Fifth...
Immigration and Citizenship
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

CASA de Maryland, Inc. v. Trump

In CASA de Maryland, Inc. v. Trump, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is reconsidering en banc the legality of a Trump Administration rule redefining the term “public charge” for purposes of...
Voting Rights and Democracy
U.S. Supreme Court

Brnovich v. DNC; Arizona Republican Party v. DNC

In Brnovich v. DNC and Arizona Republican Party v. DNC, the Supreme Court is considering whether Arizona’s prohibitions on out-of-precinct voting and third-party ballot collection violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
Voting Rights and Democracy
February 25, 2021

#PurpleChairChat Episode 12: D.C. Statehood: Why Representation Matters

Why D.C. statehood is a necessary and an important step toward equity. CAC President Elizabeth...
By: Elizabeth B. Wydra, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Christina Henderson

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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.