Bylaws and 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.

2020 Resolutions and Amendments Passed

Resolution on Non-Collaboration with Grand Juries Resolution Supporting the Abolition of Policing Student National Vice-President Proposed Constitutional Amendments

2019 Resolutions and Amendments Passed

Updated 2019 Resolution Supporting Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Resolution Supporting Reparations for Slavery and Racial Discrimination Against Africans and African Descendants, Including Compensation for Forced Labor, Stolen Land and Protracted Trauma, Pain and Suffering Resolution Against Illegal Occupation of Hawaiian Islands Resolution Opposing Selective Service and the Draft Emergency Resolution: Opposing the Latest Attacks on Cuba’s Sovereignty Emergency Resolution: On Academic Freedom

2018 Resolutions and Amendments Passed

Proposed Constitutional Amendment: Composition of the National Executive Committee  Proposed Amendment to the Preamble of the Constitution Resolution to Endorse the Call to Prevent Nuclear War Resolution Opposing the Criminalization of People’s Reproductive Lives Resolution Condemning SESTA FOSTA

2017 Resolutions and Amendments Passed

Emergency Resolution Opposing Any Attempt by the Justice Department to Investigate and Sue Universities Over Affirmative Action

2016 Resolutions and Amendments Passed

Resolution to Boycott AirBnb Resolution: Require Independent, Impartial Investigation and Prosecution of Police Killings and Reopen Michael Brown and Eric Garner Homicide Cases Resolution: Driving Big Money Out of Elections Resolution: Code of Conduct for NLG Events & Convention Resolution Supporting Divestment from Fossil Fuels Resolution Calling for Release of Federal Political Prisoners Resolution Calling for Release of Pennsylvania Political Prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal, Charles Sims Africa, Delbert Orr Africa, Edward Goodman Africa, Janet Holloway Africa, Janine Phillips Africa, Michael David Africa, Joseph “Joe-Joe” Bowen, Fred “Muhammad” Burton, and Russell “Maroon” Shoatz Resolution Calling for Release of New York Political Prisoners Herman Bell, Robert Seth Hayes, Malik Shakur Latine, Jalil Muntaqim and David Gilbert Resolution Calling for Release of California Political Prisoners Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald and Ruchell “Cinque” Magee Resolution Calling for Full Normalization of U.S.-Cuba Relations Emergency Resolution Opposing us Govt’s Re-institution of Trials for Travel to Cuba Emergency Resolution on Haiti   Bylaws 7.5: Officer Job Descriptions (Vol 1 – President & Treasurer) Bylaws Section 7.5: Officer Job Descriptions – (Vol 2: EVP & NVP) Bylaws Section 7.5: Officer Job Descriptions (Vol 3: Legal Worker and Student VP) Bylaws Section 7.5: Officer Job Descriptions (Vol 5: Committee/Caucus)  Bylaw Amendment, Section 8: Voting Procedures Bylaw Amendment, Section 13: Convention Evaluations and Survey Bylaw Amendment, Section 11: Establishment of Standing NEC Committees

2015 Resolutions Passed

Resolution Supporting the Abolition of Prisons Emergency Resolution on Relations with Cuba

2014 Resolutions and Amendments Passed


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 Condemning 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 LawyersParticipating 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

2003 Resolutions Passed

Calling for Impeachment of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Cabinet for Violations of International Law Human Rights Abuses in the Basque Territory Peaceful Resolution of Conflict on the Korean Peninsula Affirming the Individual and Collective Palestinian Right of Return Stop and Dismantle Israel’s Wall in Palestinian Territories

2002 Resolutions Passed

Establishing and Prioritizing a Guild National Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Reclaim Democracy Establishing a National Campaign to Defend Democracy and Restore Civil Liberties: Repeal the USA PATRIOT Act Establishing an Education Campaign Exposing Illegal Acts of Government In Opposition to Unilateral Military Action by the United States Against Iraq and Other Nations Endorsing and Supporting Immigrant Workers Union National Boycott Against Rhee Brothers Incorporated Providing Support to the ILWU Providing Material Commitment to the New Faces of the Legal Left

2001 Resolutions Passed

Resolution on the 2001 Crisis

2000 Resolutions Passed

Calling for the Enforcement of International Law in Israel/Palestine International Committee Resolution on Submitting an Amicus Brief on the Cases Against the University of Michigan Challenging the Affirmative Action Plans at the Undergraduate School and the Law School End the Arbitrary and Indefinite Detention of Non-U.S. Citizens Unlawfully Held in U.S. Prisons Calling for Participation in the International Labor Rights Monitoring Project Calling for the End of the U.S. Economic Blockage of Cuba Against U.N. Interference in Cuba’s Internal Affairs (Track II) Resolution of the Disability Rights Committee on Accessible Spaces Calling for an End to Economic Sanctions and Bombing against Iraq Law Student Resolution