Press release

National Lawyers Guild Files Amicus Brief in Kevin Kjonaas et al. v. United States of America

November 22, 2010

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) today filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the case of “the SHAC 7” – Kevin Kjonaas, Lauren Gazzola, Jacob Conroy, Joshua Harper, Andrew Stepanian, and Darius Fullmer v. United States of America, on petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.

National Lawyers Guild Hotline and “Know Your Rights” Materials Available for Activists Targeted by the FBI

September 27, 2010

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and its Mass Defense Committee provides legal defense and educational resources to activists, including those subjected to the September 24 raids and grand jury subpoenas in Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois. The Guild denounces the attacks on free speech, freedom of association, and the right to dissent that these actions represent.

National Lawyers Guild Issues New Report on Policing of Protests

September 23, 2010

The National Lawyers Guild has released its third comprehensive report on government violations of First Amendment rights on the one-year anniversary of the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh. “The Policing of Political Speech” documents how police over-reaction to protected speech has informed unlawful police tactics at National Special Security Events, such as the 2008 Republican National Convention and the 2009 G-20 Summit.

NLG Legal Observers® targeted by police in Arizona

July 28, 2010

Roxana Orell, a lawyer and executive officer with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), was arrested today in Phoenix while acting as an NLG Legal Observer®.

Groups Sue Virginia Prisons for Unconstitutional Banning of Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook

July 20, 2010

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) today filed a lawsuit in the Western District of Virginia challenging the Virginia Department of Corrections' (VDOC) decision to ban their joint publication, the Jailhouse Lawyer's Handbook (JLH), from all Virginia prisons.

Peter Erlinder Released on Medical Bail; Rally Canceled

June 16, 2010

The National Lawyers Guild has been heartened to learn of the decision to grant our colleague and former president, Peter Erlinder, his “unconditional release” on medical grounds. He could be returning home as early as tomorrow to be reunited with his family. Under the circumstances, the rally originally scheduled for Friday, June 18 outside the United Nations has been canceled.

National Lawyers Guild Renews Call for Boycott of Israel in Wake of Flotilla Assault

May 30, 2010

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) renews its call for a complete boycott of Israel in light of the latest unjustified assault on peaceful humanitarian assistance to the residents of Gaza in which at least ten human rights workers were killed. The NLG has supported the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel for several years based on Israel’s ongoing violations of the rights of the Palestinian people.

NLG Demands Immediate Release of Attorney Peter Erlinder

May 27, 2010

Vigorous Legal Advocate Arrested in Rwanda

Philippine Elections Rife with Violence, Irregularities and Voting System Malfunctions

May 19, 2010

Seven members of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) observed pre-electoral and election-day conditions during the Philippines’ historic election last week and found widespread irregularities, a high potential for fraud, voter machine breakdowns, military intimidation and a deadly gun battle inside the poll.

National Lawyers Guild Urges U.S. Media to Cease Misrepresentation of Cuba’s Human Rights Record

April 27, 2010

NLG Executive Director Heidi Boghosian said, “The National Lawyers Guild opposes infractions of human rights anywhere, but Cuban prison officials acted properly when Zapata decided to go on a hunger strike. We urge the media to turn its attention to real human rights violations and deadly foreign policies in this country and elsewhere.”