CAC In the News

September 30, 2015

Mr. Kendall argued publicly, in judicial nomination hearings and before the courts, on behalf of affordable health care, voting rights, fair housing, marriage equality and other causes, insisting all the time that the framers were not “a group of gun-toting, property-loving and tax-hating defenders of big corporations and proponents of small government,” as he wrote in the journal “Democracy.”

September 29, 2015

“Doug Kendall had a vision,” [National Constitution Center Director Jeff] Rosen said in an interview, “and that was that liberals and progressives — by making arguments rooted in constitutional text and history — could persuade open-minded conservative and libertarian judges of the correctness of their position.”

September 28, 2015

Those rulings were unpopular with the right, but they do not provide much evidence that Chief Justice Roberts has turned into a liberal, said Brianne Gorod, a lawyer with the Constitutional Accountability Center, a liberal group that has issued a series of reports assessing the chief justice’s decade on the court. “It’s just a ridiculous claim,” Ms. Gorod said. “He has been exceptionally conservative throughout his entire 10 years. They just really dislike the way he voted in the A.C.A. cases.”

September 28, 2015

"You can't be a great chief justice and the leader of an ideological movement at the same time," said Doug Kendall, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center, which conducted a year-long review of the Roberts Court. "He has to decide whether to be with them or whether to be chief justice." (Kendall passed away Saturday after a battle with colon cancer.)

September 28, 2015

A few days before Kendall died, [Yale Law School Professor Akhil] Amar sent him a note expressing sorrow and admiration. “You are one of my heroes in life—a truly good and great man,” Amar wrote in the note, which he shared with the NLJ. He also said: “We are on the right side of history and justice, and none of what we have done—and will continue to do, as an organization—would have been possible without you.”