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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

Criminal Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

Timbs v. Indiana

In Timbs v. Indiana, the Supreme Court is being asked to consider whether state governments must comply with the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against “excessive fines.”
Voting Rights and Democracy
June 18, 2018

RELEASE: Justices Delay Resolution of Partisan Gerrymandering Cases

“These cases go to the very heart of our democracy and the issues they raise...
By: Elizabeth B. Wydra
Voting Rights and Democracy
June 18, 2018

Supreme Court sidesteps partisan gerrymandering cases, let maps stand for now

CNN Politics
The Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped two major cases concerning partisan gerrymandering, allowing controversial district...
Voting Rights and Democracy
June 18, 2018

SCOTUS Leaves Gerrymandering Foes ‘Disappointed, But Not Devastated’

Talking Points Memo
Voting rights advocates did not get the Supreme Court decisions they were looking for on...
Voting Rights and Democracy
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

New York, et al. vs. U.S. Department of Commerce, et al.

In New York, et al. vs. U.S. Department of Commerce, et al., a federal district judge is considering whether the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census violates the Census Clause of the...
Immigration and Citizenship
June 15, 2018

RELEASE: Members of Congress in Census Court Challenge: Constitution Demands Count of All Persons, Regardless of Citizenship

“Our Constitution directs the government to count all persons every ten years in the Census....
By: Elizabeth B. Wydra

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.