National Lawyers Guild Convention Will Celebrate 75 Years, Reunite Activists

October 8, 2012
Nathan Tempey
Communications Coordinator
(212) 679-5100, ext. 15

Hundreds of National Lawyers Guild members and allies will gather this week to celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary at the Law for the People convention in Pasadena, California.

Scholar and activist Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address and among the convention honorees will be Margaret Burnham, a professor of civil rights law who, as a young lawyer, helped secure Davis’s 1972 acquittal on high-profile charges.

“The Guild’s history is remarkable because we have taken part in every major progressive political movement of the past three quarters of a century, “ said NLG Executive Director Heidi Boghosian. “That these two influential women will be reunited as honored guests is a perfect example—of our tradition of activism and of the fact that, after all these years, we’re still thriving.”

The convention will take place from October 10-14 at the Pasadena Hilton. Also set to receive awards are LA chapter director James Lafferty, community organizer Neidi Dominguez, public defender Amy Lien Cross, immigration attorney Nancy Hormachea, and international human rights advocate Jeanne Mirer.

The convention will include over 30 legal education seminars on subjects ranging from the Occupy movement to child welfare law.

Founded in 1937, the National Lawyers Guild is the oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar association in the United States. Its headquarters are in New York City and it has members in every state.

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(Photo credit: Archive of the National Committee to Free Angela Davis)

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