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Update: Texas, Where Are the Judges?

article icon Issue Brief Senators refusing to do their jobs to confirm lower-court nominees are leaving Texas to suffer from more empty seats on the bench than any other state.

Everything You Need to Know About United States v. Texas

play_alt icon Video The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about federal immigration enforcement policies in United States v. Texas on April 18. Here is everything you need to know about what is at stake.

Why Courts Matter

play_alt icon Video With a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, CAP asked scholars, litigators, and thought leaders why courts matter to them.

Everything You Need to Know About Zubik v. Burwell

play_alt icon Video Here, in two minutes, is everything you need to know about what is at stake in Zubik v. Burwell.

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Justice Waits for a Nine-Member Supreme Court

article icon Issue Brief Justice will be delayed for millions of Americans if the Senate refuses to do its job and vote on a Supreme Court nominee.

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The Supreme Court Vacancy Shines a Spotlight on the Judicial Vacancy Crisis

The fight over the vacant seat on the Supreme Court shows the importance of the lower courts and the high cost of Senate obstruction.

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The Racially Insensitive Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

The reverence of Scalia’s right-wing acolytes illustrates how damaging the late justice’s Supreme Court tenure has been to civil rights and race relations.

Infographic: Divided Government Has Not Always Meant Slow Judicial Confirmations

The Senate's current judicial confirmations are moving at the slowest rate since 1953.

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North Carolina Supreme Court Disregards U.S. Supreme Court in Redistricting Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has said that legislatures cannot draw districts based on race—but the North Carolina Supreme Court didn’t get the memo.

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Removing Barriers to Opportunity for Parents With Criminal Records and Their Children

book_alt2 icon Report Nearly half of U.S. children now have at least one parent with a criminal record. We must enact policies to ensure that a criminal record does not consign an individual—and his or her children and family—to a life of poverty.

Just a Judge

play_alt icon Video Follow the journey of a federal judicial nominee from appointment to confirmation, and see the many ways justice can be delayed along the way.

Infographic: The Judicial Vacancy Crisis by the Numbers

The Senate has created a judicial vacancy crisis, and everyday Americans are paying the price.

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A Handful of Elected State Judges Continue to Deny Marriage Equality

article icon Issue Brief Judges and magistrates in some southern states are still defying the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision.

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Elections Matter

article icon Issue Brief State legislatures have traditionally handled redistricting, which has created partisan and predictable elections that discourage millennial participation in the democratic process.

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Turning Our Backs on the 14th Amendment

article icon Issue Brief Birthright citizenship—a key right under the 14th Amendment and now a hot-button topic in the immigration debate—is facing repeal efforts that are un-American and unconstitutional.

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