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NLG Remembers Michael Ratner, Past President and Human Rights Crusader

May 12, 2016

It is with the greatest sadness that we share the news that our comrade, friend, and past NLG President Michael Ratner died yesterday afternoon at the age of 72. Michael was a true revolutionary lawyer. He embodied the spirit of the Guild’s founders who believed that the law could and must be used to protect those dissidents and revolutionaries most despised and persecuted by governments worldwide—including our own.

DA Drops Death in the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal

December 6, 2011

DA Drops Death in Case of NLG Vice President Mumia Abu-Jamal

Guild Attorneys Victorious in Internet Free Speech Case

July 17, 2011

In a case with precedential value for internet free speech, three National Lawyers Guild members successfully defended several activists who received subpoenas from Mt. Hope Baptist Church demanding they turn over their internet account records

NLG Mourns Passing of Debra Evenson

August 16, 2011

The National Lawyers Guild mourns the passing of its former president, Debra Evenson. One of the nation’s foremost authorities on the legal system and institutions of Cuba, Ms. Evenson was Of Counsel with the law firm Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman, P.C.

NLG Urges City of Orlando to Repeal Ordinance Restricting Food Sharing

June 30, 2011

Calls Mayor’s Labeling of Food Not Bombs Members as “Terrorists” Improper

National Lawyers Guild Launches Support Site for Hacktivists

July 31, 2011

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) provides legal defense and educational resources to activists who are being targeted as part of the ‘Nerd Scare,’ including individuals alleged to be affiliated with “Anonymous,” LulzSec, and other activists and hacker collectives.

NLG Demands Immediate Release of Attorney Peter Erlinder

May 27, 2010

Vigorous Legal Advocate Arrested in Rwanda

In Wake of New Marijuana Laws, NLG Report Contrasts Legalization Strategies and Obstacles

June 25, 2013

In November 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first states—and the first jurisdictions in the world—to legalize the possession, use, and regulated distribution of marijuana.

Court rules peace activists can sue the U.S. military for infiltration

December 18, 2012

Guild lawyer hails historic decision

In a potentially precedent-setting decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a Guild lawyer’s challenge to military spying on peace activists can proceed. The ruling marks the first time a court has affirmed people’s ability to sue the military for violating their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

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