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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

Rule of Law
U.S. Supreme Court

Haaland v. Brackeen

In Haaland v. Brackeen, the Supreme Court is considering whether certain provisions in the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 are unconstitutional because they impermissibly commandeer state officials.
Civil and Human Rights
U.S. Supreme Court

Health and Hospital v. Talevski

In Health and Hospital v. Talevski, the Supreme Court is considering whether Spending Clause statutes can give rise to private rights enforceable under Section 1983.
Rule of Law
U.S. Supreme Court

National Pork Producers Council v. Ross

In National Pork Producers Council v. Ross, the Supreme Court is considering whether the Commerce Clause prevents states from promoting the health and safety of its citizens, and ensuring that its citizens can purchase meat...
Access to Justice
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.
Voting Rights and Democracy
U.S. Supreme Court

Merrill v. Milligan and Merrill v. Caster

In Merrill v. Milligan and Merrill v. Caster, the Supreme Court is considering whether Alabama’s 2021 redistricting plan for its congressional districts violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
Environmental Protection
U.S. Supreme Court

Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency

In Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, the Supreme Court will determine the proper test for ascertaining whether wetlands are “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act.

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.