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Our Latest Work

Voting Rights and Democracy
U.S. Supreme Court

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., the Supreme Court is considering whether the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census violates the Constitution or federal law.
Access to Justice
U.S. Supreme Court

McDonough v. Smith

In McDonough v. Smith, the Supreme Court is considering when the statute of limitations begins to run on a constitutional claim that a state official used fabricated evidence to initiate and continue a criminal prosecution.
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...
Voting Rights and Democracy
U.S. Supreme Court

Rucho v. Common Cause; Lamone v. Benisek

In Rucho v. Common Cause and Lamone v. Benisek, the Supreme Court is considering whether partisan gerrymandering by the states in the drawing of congressional districts violates the Elections Clause, the First Amendment, or the...
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...
Federal Courts and Nominations
March 11, 2019

Liberals take another look at court-packing as way to control Supreme Court (if they win in 2020)

CNN
The idea that the Supreme Court should be increased beyond its current nine seats, popularly...

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.