National Lawyers Guild committees are the foundation of our programmatic work. Our volunteer members work nationally to realize the mission of the Guild in areas such as immigration, labor, international, and constitutional law. The work of our committees, task forces, and projects defines the Guild as a coalition for social change. These groups demonstrate that not only are we passionate in our convictions, but we are also resolute in our actions.
Below is the information for our most active committees, projects and task forces. Please contact the committee chairs for more specific information on how to get involved. We look forward to working with you.
The Amicus Committee is responsible for drafting amicus curiae and submitting them on behalf of the NLG. There is no cost to join, but the committee is by invitation only.
The Anti-Racism Committee strives to make the Guild into an effective anti-racist organization, holding it to the principles on which it was founded. The cost of joining the Anti-Racism Committee is $12, which can be paid with your membership dues.
The Anti-Sexism Committee works to advance the Guild’s work in the movement for women’s liberation. Projects include: planning panels and workshops at Guild events; organizing projects in locally and nationally; and writing articles for Guild Notes to educate Guild members about the contributions of women to the organization and its history. The cost of joining the Anti-Sexism Committee is $15.
Committee on Corporations, The Constitution, and Human Rights
This committee is dedicated to fighting the corporatization of our lives and investigating the impact that corporations have on our constitutional and human rights. Recently, it has worked with communities to limit the abilities of retail and food chains to expand into their areas. This committee is free to join.
The work of the Committee on Democratic Communications focuses on the right of all peoples to a democratic world wide system of media and communications based upon the principle of cultural and informational self-determination. The cost of this committee is $35 for members, and $15 for students.
Disability Rights Committee
The DRC encourages Guild members to become more aware of the issues confronting people with disabilities, and to incorporate representation of people with disabilities into their law practice. The cost of joining the Disability Rights Committee is $15.
Drug Policy Committee
This committee focuses on domestic policy surrounding drugs. This committee is free to join.
Environmental Justice Committee
The EJC is dedicated to providing assistance to impoverished communities and communities of color, which are exposed to the disproportionate impacts of environmental hazards. This committee is free to join.
This committee has done work in Cuba, the Middle East, Korea, Haiti, and several other countries. Through participating in these projects members can build their skills and network. The cost of joining the International Committee is $25.
*NOTE: The International Committee has many subcommittees that focus on specific locations. There are also subcommittees for various human rights issues. For a complete list of their subcommittees and additional contacts, please visit their web site.
The L&EC serves as a liaison between the Guild and various
organized labor and employment legal groups. The cost
of joining is $25. Students can join for $15.
Legal Workers Committee
This committee represents the needs, views, and concerns
of legal worker members in the NLG. This committee is free
Mass Defense Committee
This committee is a network of lawyers, legal workers,
and law students committed to providing effective
legal support for progressive protest movements and
demonstrators. For more information on NLG mass
defense work, visit our national campaigns page
committee is free to join.
Military Law Task Force
The Guild opposes aggressive and interventionist military
policies, and works to provide support for those in and out
of the military who challenge such policies. The MLTF
supports efforts to counter the military's influence. The
cost of joining this committee is $25.
Next Generation Committee
The Next Generation Committee (Next Gen) welcomes
progressive law students, recent graduates, legal workers,
young lawyers and jailhouse lawyers, and law school
candidates interested in radical lawyering and social change.
Next Gen sponsors social events, offers guidance and
support to new members, and works to support and sustain
the "next generation" of the Guild. The National Next Gen
Committee helps develop and sustain local Next Gen
chapters and promotes new leadership within the Guild.
Prison Law Project
The Prison Law Project sends the Jailhouse Lawyer's
Handbook to prisoners who request it and tracks the
responses it receives from inmates. This committee is
free to join, and volunteers are welcome to come to the
National Office for weekly meetings.
The Queer Caucus is a space for queer members to come
together to strategize about work and their role within the
The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC)
TUPOCC is an alliance of law students, legal workers,
attorneys and other people of color started at the 2004
convention in Birmingham, Alabama. TUPOCC is an avenue
through which the concerns of people of color in the NLG
can be represented.
The NIP is a network of immigration lawyers, law students,
and legal workers who work to end unlawful immigration
practices, to recognize the contributions of immigrants in
this country, to promote fair immigration practices, and to
expand the civil and human rights of all immigrants regard-
less of their status in this country. For more information,
please visit their website
NPAP is a non-profit organization of plaintiff's lawyers, law
students and legal workers, which is dedicated to ending
police abuse of authority through legal action, public
education and support for grassroots and victims' organ-
izations involving police misconduct. Separate membership
is required for NPAP. Please visit their web site
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