CAC’s litigation program is at the center of our operation because winning the battle over the Constitution and the future of the Supreme Court is ultimately about participating in and winning cases.
CAC’s litigation program has already achieved a great deal of success. Since our inception in June 2008, we have filed more than forty briefs on behalf of an impressive array of powerful clients, including the League of Women Voters, the National League of Cities, the American Judicature Society, Justice at Stake, the National Association of Counties, and many of the nation’s most distinguished constitutional law professors. One of our briefs was cited, twice, in a majority opinion by the Supreme Court, and another was one of two briefs – the other authored by the Solicitor General of the United States – selected for publication in a book devoted to “exemplary legal writing 2009.” And, most important, we have helped win critical and surprising Supreme Court victories in cases including: (1) Wyeth v. Levine, defeating the Bush Administration’s effort to “preempt” state laws protecting victims of faulty medical devices, (2) Caperton v. Massey Coal, reining in corporate contributions to judicial campaigns, (3) Padilla v. Kentucky, holding that a lawyer has a constitutional obligation under the Sixth Amendment to inform an alien charged with a crime that a guilty plea could result in deportation, and (4) Stop the Beach Renourishment v. Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection, rejecting a private property owner’s claim of a “judicial taking.”