Ian Head began his relationship with the Guild at the National Police Accountability Project, which he helped move from New York City to Boston in 2002. He later worked at the NLG National Office from 2002 to 2008. He is now a legal worker with the Government Misconduct and Racial Justice docket at the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Beginning in 2002, Ian volunteered to co-edit an updated version of the original NLG Jailhouse Lawyers Manual, now titled the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook.First published in 2003 by the Guild and the Center for Constitutional Rights, it is sent for free to prisoners across the country. Dealing with limited resources and time at the National Office, Ian strategized more effective ways to reach out to prisoners who were requesting handbooks and legal materials. In late 2005 he began holding weekly sessions after work hours with volunteers from both local Guild law school chapters and the NYC community. Every Monday night, you can still find him staying late to answer mail with a growing number of steady volunteers from all walks of life.
Outside his work at the Guild, Ian builds websites for small grassroots campaigns, and makes mixtapes from old records, which you can find at everydaybeats.net.