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Our Latest Work

Immigration and Citizenship
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

City of Chicago v. Whitaker

In 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 jurisdictions that receive certain federal...
Corporate Accountability
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. All American Check Cashing, Inc.

In Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. All American Check Cashing, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is considering a constitutional challenge to the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection...
Health Care
February 15, 2019

Sense and severability: If one part of the Affordable Care Act is ruled unconstitutional, what is the proper remedy or resolution?

Host: American Enterprise Institute
On December 14, a federal district court in Texas ruled that the current version of...
Participants: David H. Gans, Josh Blackman, Jim Blumstein, Ted Frank, John Harrison, Thomas P. Miller, Ilya Somin
Health Care
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Texas v. United States

In Texas v. United States, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is considering the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.
Federal Courts and Nominations
February 12, 2019

RELEASE: Barr Nomination: CAC Urges Senate To Vote No

CAC Vice President Praveen Fernandes: CAC urges Senators to vote motivated by the concerns of justice,...
By: Praveen Fernandes
Civil and Human Rights
February 12, 2019

Chief Justice John Roberts’ Next Move Will Tell Us A Lot

Last week, by a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court issued a stay to temporarily block...
By: Brianne J. Gorod, Rebecca Damante

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.