Why Courts Matter
Video The federal courts will have an enormous impact on our lives and the future of the law. It's time progressives start making who sits on these courts a part of their advocacy efforts.
Koch Brothers and D.C. Conservatives Spending Big on Nonpartisan State Supreme Court Races
Report Big-money groups in Washington want to protect state legislatures’ agendas from legal challenges.
State Judicial Ethics Rules Fail to Address Flood of Campaign Cash from Lawyers and Litigants
Issue Brief Judges and legislators fail to address the conflicts of interest inherent in multimillion-dollar judicial elections.
Most States Flunk a Test of Their Recusal Rules
Interactive A CAP analysis finds that states have failed to strengthen their judicial ethics rules to address the growth in campaign cash.
Supreme Court’s Campaign Finance Jurisprudence Displays a Naïve View of Political Corruption
The ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC will give the wealthiest 1 percent even more influence over politicians, including elected judges.
Texas, Where Are the Judges?
Issue Brief Federal court judicial vacancies in Texas are creating an untenable backlog of cases and denying Texans access to justice.
Discrimination? Corporate Loopholes? Law Avoidance? Hobby Lobby’s Potentially Slippery Slope
Fact Sheet A poorly decided Hobby Lobby ruling has the ability to dramatically redefine religious liberty from a fundamental value that protects genuine religious beliefs to a loophole that can be used to discriminate and create unfair advantages in the corporate world.
Infographic: Hobby Lobby’s Slippery Slope
The outcome of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius has the potential to dramatically transform religious liberty.
Chris Christie’s War on Judicial Independence
Report New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is engaged in an unprecedented effort to pack the state supreme court with justices who will rule the way he wants.
The Voting Rights Playbook
Report In addition to addressing the aggressive voter suppression tactics that states have taken post-Shelby County, this report details the importance and power of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and the tools that remain in Sections 2 and 3 to combat voting-related discrimination.
Criminals and Campaign Cash
Report The findings of a new CAP analysis show that as campaign cash increased, the courts studied began to rule more often in favor of prosecutors and against criminal defendants.
Greece v. Galloway: Why We Should Care About Legislative Prayer
Issue Brief The Supreme Court’s decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway will not only determine what is and is not permitted when it comes to legislative prayer but could also instruct all aspects of religion in the public sphere.
Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius: Crafting a Dangerous Precedent
Issue Brief A lawsuit brought by Hobby Lobby, a giant retailer, to avoid ACA compliance highlights why for-profit corporations do not have religious freedom rights.
Clarence Thomas: The Anti-Thurgood Marshall
With his recent comparison of affirmative action to slavery, Justice Clarence Thomas appears determined to undo the civil-rights and equal-justice accomplishments of his predecessor, Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Supreme Court in 2013: Equal Justice Under Law?
Andrew Blotky writes about the significance of last week's Supreme Court decisions for all Americans.