CAP en Español
Small CAP Banner
Legal Progress

Why Courts Matter

play_alt icon 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.

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.

Supreme Court half-staff

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.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s courtroom chair

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.

Infographic: Divided Government Has Not Always Meant Slow Judicial Confirmations

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

North Carolina voting rally

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.

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.

Vic Holmes and partner Mark Phariss hold hands

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.

A voter casts a ballot.

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.

Texas Supreme Court justices

More Money, More Problems

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.

Supreme Court

Restoring the Balance

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.

Pope Francis visit to the United States

Pope Francis and Access to Justice

The record number of federal court judicial vacancies contradicts Pope Francis’ call for better governance and a more just society.

Rev. William Barber voting rally

Voting Rights Advocates Turn to North Carolina Courts, Stacked by Campaign Cash

A D.C. group pushed voter suppression measures then spent millions to elect the North Carolina Supreme Court justices hearing lawsuits against these changes.

President LBJ

The Supreme Court Could Strike Down a Key Provision of Housing Discrimination Law

A ruling against disparate impact analysis would be a blow to the nation’s larger civil rights laws and to some of its most vulnerable populations.

More