The NLG 1938 convention in Washington, DC—one year after the Guild's founding. By 1939 the Guild would be embroiled in a public and internal controversy over the Communist affiliations of many of its members.
75 Years of Law for the People
As we reflect on the past 75 years, we'll be posting photographs, letters, and other historical documents from the NLG archives at New York University's Tamiment Library and elsewhere. Historical background has also been adapted from histories of the Guild including A History of the National Lawyers Guild 1937-1987 and The National Lawyers Guild: From Roosevelt through Reagan.
This first installment covers the events leading up to the first NLG convention and the first year of the Guild's history: