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

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...
Rule of Law
February 21, 2019

The Supreme Court May Not Save the President This Time

Even if one accepts that there’s a national emergency, the President still has to show...
By: Brianne J. Gorod
Criminal Justice
February 20, 2019

Clarence Thomas Resumes a Quixotic Campaign, and Gets a Gorsuch Nod

National Law Journal
Justice Clarence Thomas agreed with the outcome Wednesday in the excessive-fines case “Timbs v. Indiana.”...
Criminal Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

Timbs v. Indiana

In Timbs v. Indiana, the Supreme Court considered whether state governments must comply with the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against “excessive fines.”
Civil and Human Rights
February 20, 2019

RELEASE: Victory For The Constitution: Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Protections Apply to States

“Today marks a milestone in the 228-year history of the Bill of Rights.” — CAC...
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.