The courts remain a critical venue in which constitutional claims can be vindicated, and ICAP uses that venue by bringing its own constitutional challenges, working with partners to do so, filing amicus briefs, and supporting others’ efforts to litigate on behalf of constitutional rights and values.
See below for our annual report and latest work, and check out the sidebar to the right for all of our work in ICAP's seven priority areas.
See our 2019 Annual Report to see a snapshot of what we accomplished in our second year.
See our 2018 Annual Report to see a snapshot of what we accomplished in our first year.
- Filed briefs in the Eight Circuit and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeals explaining why Arkansas and Texas state laws violate the First Amendment by prohibiting the practice of consumer boycotts of Israel by any company or person who contracts with the state
- Filed opening and reply briefs in the Supreme Court challenging Arizona’s approach to imposing the death penalty
- Filed an opening brief before the Utah Supreme Court arguing to overturn a decision that precludes tort victims from seeking compensation for injuries arising out of religiously motivated conduct
- Filed an opposition to a stay motion arguing for the preservation of a preliminary injunction stopping a new Department of Homeland Security public charge rule from going into effect
- Filed an opposition to a stay motion in the D.C. Circuit arguing for the disclosure of certain grand-jury materials to the U.S. House of Representatives to aid its impeachment inquiry
- Filed a brief in the Eighth Circuit challenging Arkansas’s improper use of solitary confinement
- Filed a brief in the Fifth Circuit on behalf of a special-needs student alleging that a school resource officer violated his Fourth Amendment rights by tasing him
- Filed a reply brief in support of a motion for preliminary injunction to keep a new Diversity Visa Program rule from going into effect
- Filed a lawsuit, motion for preliminary injunction or, in the alternative, partial summary judgment, and reply brief in support of partial summary judgment to compel the former White House Counsel to appear before the House Judiciary Committee and testify on matters and information discussed in the Special Counsel’s Report
- Filed an opposition to motions to dismiss filed by the Philadelphia sheriff and magistrate judges in our lawsuit challenging a Pennsylvania ban on recording bail hearing proceedings
- Filed a lawsuit in Pittsburgh challenging a Pennsylvania ban on recording bail hearing proceedings
- Filed a reply brief in support of a motion for preliminary injunction to stop a new Department of Homeland Security public charge rule from going into effect
- Filed a brief in the First Circuit arguing on the proper framework for assessing the scope of First Amendment protection for the act of recording a government official’s public conduct
- File a brief in the Supreme Court on behalf of 80 law enforcement officials in support of a challenge to DACA’s termination
- Filed a mandamus suit and motion for summary judgment to require the Charles County Circuit Court to comply with a Maryland law that guarantees public access to court audio recordings
- Obtained a judicial decision invalidating the Baltimore City Circuit Court’s blanket restriction on access to court audio recordings
- Filed a complaint and motion for preliminary injunction to keep a new Diversity Visa Program rule from going into effect
- Filed a complaint and motion for preliminary injunction to stop a new Department of Homeland Security public charge rule from going into effect
- Sent a letter to the Texas Court of Appeals on behalf of journalists denied the opportunity to broadcast oral argument in an appeal of a controversial five-year prison sentence for unlawful voting
- Filed a brief in the Supreme Court challenging Virginia’s juvenile life without parole sentencing practices