ACS Issue Briefs

See below all issue briefs since January 2017. Click here for past issue briefs.

Litigating Federal Habeas Corpus Cases: One Equitable Gateway at a Time

July 18, 2018 Habeas corpus, also known as the Great Writ, was meant to be a “bulwark against convictions that violate fundamental fairness,” according to the Supreme Court. Yet today, federal courts provide relief in fewer than half of one percent of cases in which a non-capital state prisoner seeks relief through habeas. The Great Writ, it would seem, is no longer so great. In Liti...

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The Special Counsel, Morrison v. Olson, and the Dangerous Implications of the Unitary Executive Theory

June 21, 2018 Critics of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interfere...

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Federal Civil Rulemaking, Discovery Reform, and the Promise of Pilot Projects

April 4, 2018 For decades, both plaintiffs’ and defense attorneys have called for reforms to th...

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What Starts in Texas Doesn’t Always Stay in Texas: Why Texas’s Systematic Elimination of Grassroots Voter Registration Drives Could Spread

May 30, 2018 Voter registration drives are a key tool in boosting civic participation and buildin...

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