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Sonia Sotomayor

Racial and Gender Diversity Sorely Lacking in America’s Courts

Voters of color in Alabama and Texas are suing their states, claiming that they have no representation in judicial elections.

Climate change, republicans, and Exxon Mobil

House Committee Ignores States’ Rights by Interfering with Exxon Mobil Climate Denial Probe

State attorneys general are investigating Exxon Mobil for fraud—if members of the House science committee do not stand in their way.

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The Process Behind Turkey’s Proposed Extradition of Fethullah Gülen

article icon Issue Brief The most high-profile extradition request in recent history may shape Turkey’s relationship with the United States.

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Big Business Is Still Dominating State Supreme Courts

book_alt2 icon Report Many of the state supreme courts that have seen the most campaign cash—Ohio, Alabama, Texas, and Michigan—have voted more often for corporate defendants and against injured workers, consumers, and patients.

The U.S. Supreme Court

State or Federal Court?

article icon Fact Sheet A guide to distinguish the differences and similarities between state and federal courts, and explain the challenges that exist for both court systems’ processes.

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Voting Rights Victories Are Pyrrhic but Worth Celebrating

Courts have overturned several state-level voter suppression laws, but the cases should never have been necessary in the first place.

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The Case Against Mandatory Consumer Arbitration Clauses

article icon Issue Brief Federal agencies are looking to limit rip-off clauses in fine print that deny access to justice.

Sen. Grassley at a town hall

The Need for a Reflective Judiciary Demands a Return to Normal Order

Fifty-two federal judicial nominees are currently waiting for Senate action, underscoring congressional gridlock and the need to put people before politics.

Capitol dome

Mitch McConnell: A Legacy of Obstruction

Inaction and obstruction by the Sen. McConnell-led Senate has delayed justice for millions of Americans.

Police stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice Still Waits: The Nondecisions of an 8-Justice Supreme Court

The judicial vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court has dramatically hindered the Court’s ability to make meaningful decisions on key issues, and an obstructionist Senate is to blame.

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The Ongoing Battle to Protect the Precious Right to Vote

Americans are sick and tired of being sick and tired of waiting on Congress to act and ensure the right to vote for all.

Pro-abortion rights protestors

When It Comes to Your Health, Whose Judgment Do You Trust?

article icon Issue Brief The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Whole Woman’s Health holds implications for medical practice in the United States.

A man walks in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

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.

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