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Our Latest Work

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

City and County of San Francisco v. Barr; California v. Barr

In City and County of San Francisco v. Barr and California v. Barr, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 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 Second Circuit

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. RD Legal Funding, LLC

In Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. RD Legal Funding, LLC, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is considering a constitutional challenge to the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,...
Health Care
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

New York v. United States Department of Labor

In New York v. United States Department of Labor, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is considering whether the Department of Labor’s new Rule that would permit individuals and...
Civil and Human Rights
U.S. Supreme Court

Comcast Corp. v. National Association of African American–Owned Media and Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc.

In Comcast Corp. v. National Association of African American–Owned Media and Entertainment Studios Networks, Inc., the Supreme Court is considering whether 42 U.S.C. § 1981—which guarantees all persons, regardless of race, the same right to make...
Immigration and Citizenship
U.S. Supreme Court

Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California; Trump v. NAACP; and McAleenan v. Vidal

In three consolidated cases, Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, Trump v. NAACP, and McAleenan v. Vidal, the Supreme Court is considering whether the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for...
Access to Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

Hernández v. Mesa

In Hernández v. Mesa, the Supreme Court is considering whether a U.S. Border Patrol agent can be sued for monetary compensation for fatally shooting a Mexican teenager across the U.S.-Mexico border in violation of the...

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.