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Our Latest Work

Access to Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

Arellano v. McDonough

In Arellano v. McDonough, the Supreme Court is considering whether a one-year deadline for veterans to submit claims for retroactive compensation for service-connected disabilities can be extended under principles of equitable tolling.
Environmental Protection
U.S. Supreme Court

Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency

In Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, the Supreme Court will determine the proper test for ascertaining whether wetlands are “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act.
Civil and Human Rights
July 1, 2022

Analysis: After abortion, conservative U.S. justices take aim at other precedents

Reuters
WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority has shown in its...
By: David H. Gans, By Lawrence Hurley
Civil and Human Rights
June 30, 2022

Harvard Affirmative Action, Gay Rights Next Up at Supreme Court

Bloomberg Law
(Bloomberg) -- The US Supreme Court reshaped the legal landscape in dramatic ways in the...
By: David H. Gans, By Sabrina Willmer
Environmental Protection
June 30, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court just gave federal agencies a big reason to worry

Reuters
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas...
By: Brian R. Frazelle, By Alison Frankel
Environmental Protection
June 30, 2022

RELEASE: Supreme Court’s Conservatives Deal Crushing Blow to Ability of Government to Protect the Environment

“Because of this flawed, ideologically tainted ruling, the power of the national government to solve...
By: Elizabeth B. Wydra

Our Latest Cases

Great Hall of the Supreme Court of the United States | Phil Roeder, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

The result of the Fifteenth Amendment | Library of Congress (Public Domain)

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.