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Video: 9 Judges, 9 Million Lives

play_alt icon Video On March 4, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a lawsuit seeking to strip premium tax credits from people living in states with a federal insurance marketplace under the ACA. Watch this video to learn what's at stake.

Dirty Water, Dirty Money: Coal Ash and the Attack on North Carolina’s Courts

play_alt icon Video This new minidocumentary from Legal Progress showcases the real human impact of special interest money that is infiltrating judicial elections by featuring one North Carolina family’s story of how coal ash pollution poisoned their community.

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U.S. Supreme Court Could Allow Judges in 30 States to Solicit Campaign Contributions from Wealthy Donors

Most states ban the personal solicitation of campaign cash, but the U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether these laws violate judicial candidates’ free speech rights.

4 Ideas That Could Begin to Reform the Criminal Justice System and Improve Police-Community Relations

article icon Issue Brief There are concrete lessons to learn and ideas to implement that could turn a moment of anger and frustration into an opportunity to make positive change in our criminal justice system.

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Restoring Justice

article icon Issue Brief Several states and local jurisdictions have updated their juvenile justice policies to ensure that the disproportionate numbers of LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system are treated with dignity and respect. These model policies provide a blueprint for safeguarding all youth in the juvenile justice system.

NC Chief Justice Mark Martin

The Million Dollar Judges of 2014

Spending on judicial elections reached $15 million in 2014—a record for a midterm election—fueled by money from attorneys and corporate litigants.

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The Battle to Protect the Vote

book_alt2 icon Report This report analyzes the impact of new voting restrictions in the 2014 midterm elections, with a focus on five states that have seen recent significant increases in population and political participation in communities of color.

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One Strike and You’re Out

book_alt2 icon Report A criminal record can be a lifelong barrier to economic security and mobility—with adverse effects on families, communities, and our entire economy. The United States must craft policies to ensure that Americans with criminal records have a fair shot at a decent life for themselves and their families.

The Allen Steam Station plant

Dirty Money, Dirty Water

book_alt2 icon Report A troubling correlation between judicial campaign contributions and success rates for law firms underscores the need to restore the state’s public financing of judicial candidates.

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Uncounted Votes

book_alt2 icon Report A first-of-its-kind analysis of county-level 2012 election data finds that, in 16 states, voters in counties with a higher percentage of minorities cast provisional ballots at higher rates.

In Texas, No Justice for Injured Patients

play_alt icon Video This new video from Legal Progress documents the damaging effects of Texas’ 2003 tort reform legislation, which makes it virtually impossible for emergency room patients to hold hospitals accountable for medical malpractice.

Coal ash in Dan River

Keeping Campaign Cash Out of North Carolina Courts

article icon Fact Sheet The repeal of public financing for judicial candidates could give corporate polluters and other donors more influence in North Carolina courts.

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Infographic: The Ripple Effect of the Hobby Lobby Decision

Allowing corporate religious liberty to trump employees’ religious liberty can lead to a cascade of poor health outcomes for the nation.

Big-money groups in Washington are spending big on judicial elections

Koch Brothers and D.C. Conservatives Spending Big on Nonpartisan State Supreme Court Races

book_alt2 icon Report Big-money groups in Washington want to protect state legislatures’ agendas from legal challenges.

People pray in front of the Supreme Court.

A Blueprint for Reclaiming Religious Liberty Post-Hobby Lobby

book_alt2 icon Report Religious liberty protections must strongly protect both individuals and religious institutions, but must be limited when the exercise imposes costs or burdens on others.

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