Bylaws & Resolutions

Our Governing Documents

The NLG Constitution was originally adopted in 1937 and has guided the organization's growth ever since. It is updated by a membership vote at the annual convention. To view the document in its entirety, or to review our bylaws, please click the links below.

NLG Constitution

NLG Bylaws

Our Positions

As a democratic organization, the work and focus of the Guild is decided by our members. Each year at the national convention, we hold plenaries in which members discuss and vote on programmatic priorities, often in the form of resolutions. To learn more about where the Guild stands on a number of issues, please take the time to browse through our past resolutions.

2016 Proposed Resolutions

See "Resolutions and Amendments" at

2015 Resolutions Passed

Resolution Supporting the Abolition of Prisons

Emergency Resolution: Relations on Cuba

2014 Resolutions and Amendments Passed

International Labor Justice Working Group Resolution

Bylaw Amendment Section 8.4 (a-2): Obligating Another NLG Entity via Resolution Requires Consultation

Bylaw Amendment Section 8.4 (a-3): Changing the Governance, Duties and Rights of NLG Entities Requires Consultation

Cuban Five Resolution

Membership Committee Resolution

Puerto Rico Subcommittee Resolution

Resolution Condemning US Funding to Destabilize Progressive Governments in Latin America and Throughout the World

Emergency Resolution: NLG Urges US to Comply with Recommendations of Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

2013 Resolutions and Amendments Passed

Amendment to Add a Legal Worker Vice President to the National Officers that comprise the Executive Council

Emergency Resolution in Opposition to Rasmea Yousef Odeh's Arrest by the Federal Government

2012 Resolutions Passed

Emergency Resolution in Opposition to the Scheduled Execution of John Ferguson

Mexico Emergency Resolution

Resolution on Puerto Rican Political Prisoners

2011 Resolutions Passed

Emergency Resolution in Support of Labor's Call for Protests on December 3, 2011, to Save Social Security and other Workers Benefits

Emergency Resolution in Support of Occupy Wall Street

Emergency Resolution to Support Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike and California Prisoners on Hunger Strike

Condemning the Attacks on the Independent Trade Union Movement and Freedom of Association in Mexico

On NLG Solidarity with Puerto Rico

For NLG Participation in Local Publicizing and Reporting Under UN Human Rights Treaties

Endorsing National Hyatt Boycott

Clarifying Planned Giving and Bequest Allocations between the National Organization and Chapters

2010 Resolutions Passed

Affirming Commitment to Accessible Sites

Condemning Attacks on Mexico Labor Rights

On Commitment to Gulf Coast Region

On Solidarity with Puerto Rico

For Participation in UN Human Rights Program

Emergency Resolution on the Philippines

Emergency Resolution Condemning the FBI Raids

Resolution & ByLaw changes re Union-made Products & Services.

2009 Resolutions Passed

Puerto Rico

Law Schools and Legal Education

Ending the War on Drugs

Actions to End the Blockade of Gaza

Amending the Code to State that U.S. Military Servicemembers are Noncitizen Nationals

Ratifying the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Condeming the Attacks on the Mexican Electrical Workers

2008 Resolutions Passed

Creating a Second 'New Deal';

Honoring Barney Rosenstein

2007 Resolutions and Amendments Passed

Right to Nondiscriminating Accommodation at NLG Events

Israel: Boycott and Divest

Impeachment of Bush and Cheney

Calling for Investigation into the Case of the Cuban Five

Opposing Build Up to War with Iran

Three UN Treaty Reporting Project

Supporting the San Francisco 8

Collecting Information on the Status of LGBT People in Cuba

Endorsing Defense of Japan's Article 9

Regarding Seat for an NLG Member on the MCLI Board

Supporting the Campaign to Free Palestinian Political Prisoners

Extending the Disability Rights Commission

Supporting Human Rights Work in Oaxaca, Mexico

Buying Products and Services from Worker-Owned Cooperatives/Worker Collectives

Constitutional Amendment Regarding Chapter Affiliation

2006 Resolutions and Amendments Passed

Creating a NJ Chapter

Regarding Landmark Cases

Regarding Submission of Resolutions Bylaw Amendments

Regarding Voting Procedures

Constitutional Amendment Regarding Nondiscrimination

2005 Resolutions Passed

Opposing Efforts to Amend the Alien Tort Claims Act

Electoral Reform Within the Guild

Human Rights in the Philippines and the Persecution of Professor Jose Maria Sison

Government Violations of Human Rights of Katrina Victims

Establishing a Relationship with the Association of Latin American Labor Lawyers Participating in UN Human Rights Committee Reporting

Supporting Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange

2004 Resolutions Passed

Supporting Unionized Employees of the NLG

Calling for Excess Profits Tax on Income from Contracts with the U.S. for War in Iraq

Divesting from Israel