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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.
Civil and Human Rights
May 18, 2022

OP-ED: The Framers Were Big Fans of Liberty, Unlike Samuel Alito

Slate
Justice Samuel Alito’s draft majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization would overrule Roe v. Wade, permit states...
By: David H. Gans
Rule of Law
May 17, 2022

Awaiting Major Cases in the Shadow of Dobbs

As we enter the final weeks of the Supreme Court’s October 2021 term, all eyes,...
By: Charles Miller
Voting Rights and Democracy
May 16, 2022

RELEASE: Supreme Court Gives Pass to Post-Election Corruption

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the Supreme Court issuing its ruling today in Federal Election Commission...
By: Miriam Becker-Cohen
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 considered whether a law that prevents candidates for federal office from using more than $250,000 in campaign funds raised after an election to repay...
Civil and Human Rights
May 16, 2022

RELEASE: ALEX JONES ADMITS LIABILITY FOR STATEMENTS ABOUT BRENNAN GILMORE 

Gilmore Litigation “Strikes a Blow Against Conspiracy Theorists and Disinformation Peddlers”  CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Brennan...
By: Elizabeth B. Wydra, Brennan Gilmore

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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.