This is a resource page for the Mass Defense Committee (MDC). Here you will find information related to MDC activities.
The MDC listserv is a great way to learn from and work with NLG mass defense practitioners around the country. Sign up for the MDC email list, or see the archive here.
The Mass Defense Committe has three co-chairs each with a specific area of concentration - Protest Legal Support, Civil Litigation, and Criminal Litigation. Mass Defense Co-Chairs can be reached at MassDefenseChair at nlg dot org.
The 2012/2013 co-chairs are:
Megan began doing legal support in the aftermath of the 2004 RNC in New York, during which 1,806 people were arrested. Since then she has worked with both the Bay Area and New York City NLG Chapters, in addition to traveling throughout the country as a member of the Midnight Special Law Collective and Occupy Legal, training members in numerous chapters in the skills needed to support mass protest. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Demonstrations Committee of the Bay Area Chapter.
A member of several legal support collectives, Megan has developed trainings and legal support protocols used throughout the country. As a radical legal worker, she strives to include people from all backgrounds in the struggle to defend the rights of protesters. Her main goal has always been to promote sustainability by teaching others how to do their own legal support in a way that benefits their specific community. As someone who frequently engages in the day to day work of legal observing and answering phone calls from jail, she is aware of new and emerging issues within mass defense and works to shed light on new and changing police tactics.
As a co-chair of the Mass Defense Committee, she will be sure to include and support the voices of a wide range of people who are doing similar work. We are excited that she has volunteered for this position, and look forward to working with her over the coming year.
Michael Harrington has been active with the NLG on a local basis since 2011. He has served as a Legal Observer in the inland and desert areas of southern California and has conducted Constitutional "Know Your Rights" seminars supplemented with information on local ordinances and practices. He has worked to extend the mass defense committee mission to rural areas between Los Angeles and San Diego.
Michael has also organized forums and events that have grown quickly in attendance, the most recent drawing a crowd of one hundred, mostly college students, in the desert community of the Coachella Valley.
Michael has been a lawyer since 1992 and has been involved in the creation and improvement of numerous legal projects and clinics in California.
Greg Gladden has been in private practice since 1978 and is board certified in Criminal Law. He is licensed to practice law in the State Courts of Texas and Tennessee, the United States District Courts of Texas, Tennessee and Arizona, the 5th and 11th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Greg has been a mentor and NLG stalwart in Houston, Texas where the NLG has seen an inspiring resurgence with his expert guidance. Greg was a key player in the legal defense of Occupy Houston and in getting felony charges dropped on seven Occupy Houston protesters last winter.
Greg is looking forward to helping criminal defense attorneys across the country hone their skills and help political movements prosper.