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Our Latest Work

Criminal Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

Gamble v. United States

In Gamble v. United States, the Supreme Court is considering whether the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment, which prohibits any person from being prosecuted for the same offense more than once, bars a...
Criminal Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

Timbs v. Indiana

In Timbs v. Indiana, the Supreme Court is considering whether state governments must comply with the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against “excessive fines.”
Access to Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

Nieves v. Bartlett

In Nieves v. Bartlett, the Supreme Court is considering whether people who allege they were arrested in retaliation for their speech, in violation of the First Amendment, are prevented from seeking damages for that violation...
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
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

In Re: Grand Jury Investigation

In In Re: Grand Jury Investigation, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will decide whether the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller by Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was consistent with...
Rule of Law
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, et al v. Trump

In Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) v. Trump, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is being asked to consider whether plaintiffs have standing to sue President Trump for violating both...

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.