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December 3, 2016

A ruling striking down these districts would be an important victory not just for those challenging them, but also for our Constitution’s promise of equal political opportunity for all.

November 29, 2016

With Donald Trump positioned to profit immeasurably from the presidency, the American people are getting a lesson in advanced constitutional law, learning about a clause of the Constitution that many lawyers have never even heard of: the Emoluments Clause.

October 23, 2016

Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with a single leader to respond promptly and decisively in protecting consumers from the types of abuses that caused the 2008 financial meltdown.

October 19, 2016

Tonight’s presidential debate will be the first time candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be asked at length about the Supreme Court on a stage together. This is surprising, given that the future of the Supreme Court is unquestionably at stake in this election.

October 17, 2016

For now, one thing is clear: federal courts have played a key role in upholding the fundamental right to vote for all people this November and in ensuring that states abide by the Constitution.

October 17, 2016

It’s time for reformers to focus not just on the corporate scammers, but on the court decisions that so greatly decreased the risks of scamming.

October 13, 2016

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — with the help of his caucus, including Sen. Pat Toomey — is content to pervert the law to serve his partisan political ends: the hope that a Republican will be elected the next president and nominate a conservative justice to preserve the court's rightward tilt.

October 4, 2016

Racial bias in the criminal justice system, the growing political power of minority voters, and the accountability of predatory banks are at the center of this term’s most interesting cases.

October 3, 2016

A new Supreme Court term begins this week without a ninth Justice, and – unlike Senate Republicans who continue to refuse to do their jobs and give the President’s nominee a hearing and a vote – the eight Justices currently on the Court still need to do their jobs to the extent they are able to. After all, a number of significant cases are on the Court’s docket this term. They may lack the blockbuster status of some cases in previous terms, but they still raise important issues that are central to who we are as a nation.

September 22, 2016

As we celebrate Constitution Week this year, let’s remind ourselves and our public officials of the staggering achievement of that extraordinary founding document signed 229 years ago, and the later generations of Americans who worked to make it even more faithful to our founding values. Remembering our Constitution’s progress and promise, and the system of justice we need to make it a reality, has never been more important.