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What's New at CAC

See highlights from CAC’s recent work, including media appearances, ongoing litigation, newly published scholarship, and upcoming events.

Our Latest Work

Federal Courts and Nominations
May 17, 2019

Failing to Affirm Brown v. Board of Education: Injudicious

While there may be legitimate disagreements between conservatives and liberals in terms of how each...
By: Mark Haidar
Civil and Human Rights
May 17, 2019

House Stands for Gay Rights With Passage of Sweeping Equality Act

Courthouse News Service
The House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that would expand longstanding civil rights legislation to...
Access to Justice
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition; State of California v. Trump

In Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition v. Trump and State of California v. Trump, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is considering whether President Trump can lawfully divert funds...
Federal Courts and Nominations
May 16, 2019

OP-ED: Trump Says “Experts Are Terrible.” Does the Supreme Court Agree?

Slate
“The experts are terrible,” Donald Trump said at one point during his 2016 presidential campaign. This...
By: Brianne J. Gorod
Civil and Human Rights
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Gilmore v. Jones, et al.

Protecting civil discourse from harmful conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones.
Rule of Law
May 14, 2019

OP-ED: Inherent Authority To Inform Our Democracy

National Law Journal
With Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation complete, Congress is ramping up its own investigations, as...
By: Brianne J. Gorod

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.