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Our Latest Work

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...
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...
Environmental Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

County of Maui v. Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund

In County of Maui v. Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund, the Supreme Court is considering whether the Clean Water Act requires a permit for the discharge of a pollutant from a point source to navigable waters, even if the pollutant...
Civil and Human Rights
U.S. Supreme Court

Allen v. Cooper

In Allen v. Cooper, the Supreme Court is considering whether Congress validly abrogated state sovereign immunity from copyright suits in the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act.
Access to Justice
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Pitch v. United States

In Pitch v. United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is considering whether courts have inherent authority to release historically significant grand jury materials.

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.