People's Law Practitioners Gather at NLG Regionals

NLG Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference flyer
Traci Yoder

Every year, the National Lawyers Guild organizes regional conferences to bring together Guild attorneys, law students, legal workers, and community members across the country. These regional conferences include panels, trainings, and workshops on topics of interest to the radical legal community. They also provide the opportunity for NLG members to talk to allies and supporters about the Guild’s work and vision. This year, each regional conference was hosted by an NLG law student chapter in collaboration with the NLG National Office, regional representatives, and local Guild members.

Washington, DC Guild lawyers Alec Karakatsanis and Jeff Light (middle and right) join Government Accountability Project Director Jesselyn Radack for a panel on defending activists at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.
Washington, DC Guild lawyers  Alec Karakatsanis and Jeff Light (middle and right) join Government Accountability Project Director Jesselyn Radack for a panel on defending activists at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.

So far this spring, NLG regional conferences have been held in Washington, DC, Denver, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Seattle. In line with the Guild’s multi-issue, multi-constituency approach, presentations at 2013 regionals covered topics such as government prosecution of activists, labor law and organizing, the history of law collectives, immigration laws, prisoners’ rights, income inequality, opposition to arms manufacturing, domestic terrorism laws, voting rights, mass incarceration, defending military members, and much more In addition to major panels, the regional conferences also included practical workshops on skills such as legal observing, performing Know Your Rights trainings, establishing a private practice, and employing technology in legal practice. The 2013 regionals also offered resume reviews, film screenings, social events, regional elections for NLG offices, updates on local chapter activities, visioning sessions, and plenty of delicious food!

More regionals are planned for Nashville and Los Angeles in the coming months.