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

Grace v. Barr

In Grace v. Barr, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is considering the legality of new rules established by the Trump administration that gut asylum protections for immigrants fleeing violence...
Rule of Law
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Blumenthal, et al. v. Trump

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...
Rule of Law
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

In re: Application of the Committee on the Judiciary

In In re: Application of the Committee on the Judiciary, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia considered whether to approve the House Judiciary Committee’s request for portions of Special Counsel Robert...
Rule of Law
November 15, 2019

Trump asks Supreme Court to step into second financial records case

CNN
President Donald Trump's personal lawyers asked the Supreme Court on Friday to step into an escalating...
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...

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.