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ISSUE BRIEF: The Historical and Legal Basis for the Exercise of Congressional Oversight Authority
RELEASE: To Defend the ACA, CAC Joins the House General Counsel and Munger, Tolles & Olson in Representing the House of Representatives as it Moves to Intervene in Court Challenge
RELEASE: After Kavanaugh Confirmation, Much Work to Be Done to Restore Confidence in the Court
Judge: Democrats in Congress can sue Trump over emoluments
Supreme Court strikes blow against states that raise revenue by hefty fines, forfeitures
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New York, et al. vs. U.S. Department of Commerce, et al.
McDonough v. Smith
City of Chicago v. Whitaker
Rucho v. Common Cause; Lamone v. Benisek
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. All American Check Cashing, Inc.
Liberals take another look at court-packing as way to control Supreme Court (if they win in 2020)
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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.
New York, et al. vs. U.S. Department of Commerce, et al.In New York, et al. vs. U.S. Department of Commerce, et al., the Supreme Court is considering whether the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census violates the…Read More
McDonough v. SmithIn McDonough v. Smith, the Supreme Court is considering when the statute of limitations begins to run on a constitutional claim that a state official used fabricated evidence to initiate…Read More
City of Chicago v. WhitakerIn City of Chicago v. Whitaker, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is considering whether the United States Attorney General can impose funding conditions on local…Read More
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ISSUE BRIEF: The Historical and Legal Basis for the Exercise of Congressional Oversight AuthorityWith the recent change in leadership of the House of Representatives following the 2018 midterm elections, there has been considerable discussion about what role the 116th Congress will play in…Read More
ISSUE BRIEF: Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh: Will He Respect The Whole Constitution?In announcing Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, President Trump billed him as a jurist who will enforce the Constitution as written. Luminaries of the conservative legal movement…Read More
ISSUE BRIEF: Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh: Will He Be Another Reliable Vote for Big Business?After President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, the White House “immediately played up [Judge Kavanaugh’s] pro-business, anti-regulation record.” In an…Read More
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.