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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.

by Andrew Satter, Jake Faleschini, Abby Bar-Lev Wiley, Alyssa Jones | Monday, April 11, 2016

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.

by Lauren Kokum, Claire Markham, Carolyn Davis, Andrew Satter, Kulsum Ebrahim | Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Justice Waits for a Nine-Member Supreme Court

Supreme Court half-staff 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.

by Michele L. Jawando and Billy Corriher | Monday, March 14, 2016

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

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s courtroom chairThe fight over the vacant seat on the Supreme Court shows the importance of the lower courts and the high cost of Senate obstruction.

by Jake Faleschini and Billy Corriher | Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Racially Insensitive Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

Portrait of Justice ScaliaThe 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.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Infographic: Divided Government Has Not Always Meant Slow Judicial Confirmations

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

by Anisha Singh and Jake Faleschini | Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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

North Carolina voting rallyThe 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.

by Billy Corriher | Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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

Inmate with granddaughter 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.

by Rebecca Vallas, Melissa Boteach, Rachel West, Jackie Odum | Thursday, December 10, 2015

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.

by Anisha Singh and Kulsum Ebrahim | Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Infographic: The Judicial Vacancy Crisis by the Numbers

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

by Jake Faleschini and Erin Whalen | Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A Handful of Elected State Judges Continue to Deny Marriage Equality

Vic Holmes and partner Mark Phariss hold hands article icon Issue Brief Judges and magistrates in some southern states are still defying the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision.

by Billy Corriher | Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Elections Matter

A voter casts a ballot. 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.

by Sheila E. Isong | Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Turning Our Backs on the 14th Amendment

Constitution 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.

by Tom Jawetz and Sanam Malik | Monday, November 9, 2015

More Money, More Problems

Texas Supreme Court justices book_alt2 icon Report A new CAP report looks at the challenge of sustaining judicial diversity on the bench in the face of big-money judicial elections.

by Michele L. Jawando and Billy Corriher | Monday, October 26, 2015

Restoring the Balance

Supreme Court book_alt2 icon Report One year after Hobby Lobby, state legislators, organizations, and for-profit corporations are using religious liberty to infringe on the rights of women, religious minorities, and LGBT people.

by Carolyn Davis, Laura E. Durso, Carmel Martin | Tuesday, October 20, 2015