Anti-Boycott Bills Are Part of Wider Crackdown on Protest

By Chip Gibbons, Policy and Legislative Counsel at Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation A number of commentators have noted two different trends. First, across the nation Republican lawmakers are pushing for bills criminalizing protests. Second, a number of state legislatures have passed or considered, often at the impetus of Democratic lawmakers, bills aimed at […]

Mass Incarceration in the Trump Era

By Pooja Gehi, NLG Executive Director In 2015, the National Lawyers Guild adopted a resolution calling for the dismantling and abolition of all prisons. As an organization, we recognized mass incarceration in all of its iterations—policing, violence, incarceration, forced labor, privatization and capitalism—as a crisis that we must resist in all of our work. Sharlyn Grace, then […]

New Anti-Protesting Legislation: A Deeper Look

By Traci Yoder, NLG Director of Research and Education In recent weeks, multiple articles have pointed to the wave of new anti-protesting bills introduced in state legislatures since the end of 2016. The Intercept, Washington Post, AlterNet, Democracy Now!, and other news outlets have provided overviews of the types of bills under consideration, the potential […]

Announcing the 2017 NLG Haywood Burns Fellows

The National Lawyers Guild National Office is thrilled to announce our 2017 Haywood Burns Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice recipients. ​​​​​​​For over four decades the National Lawyers Guild has been funding the summer work of law students and legal workers who are committed to social justice lawyering. Inspired by former NLG president and committed movement lawyer, the late Haywood […]

Protest Policing in Trump’s America: Notes for J20 and Beyond

By Traci Yoder, NLG Director of Research and Education When independent media collective Unicorn Riot filed a records request to the North Dakota Department of Corrections related to the indigenous movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline, they received the updated Field Force Operations Manual produced by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s Center for […]

Letter from Law Professors Petitioning to Permit Temporary Provision of Legal Services by Attorneys Outside North Dakota

Ms. Penny Miller, Clerk North Dakota Supreme Court 600 E. Boulevard Ave. Bismarck, ND 58505-0530 supclerkofcourt@ndcourts.gov Re:       Petition to Permit Temporary Provision of Legal Services by Qualified Attorneys from Outside North Dakota – Supreme Court No. 20160436 Dear Ms. Miller: As law professors from throughout the United States, we urge the North Dakota Supreme […]

Meet the 2016 Haywood Burns Fellows: Crystal Peters

By Crystal Peters The Center for Popular Democracy is a high-impact national organization that partners with community-based organizations across the country to support their efforts to advance a pro-immigrant, pro-worker, racial justice agenda. Its staff of 50 includes 10 attorneys who provide high-quality legal support to community campaigns on a wide range of issues. As […]

Meet the 2016 Haywood Burns Fellows: Daniel Fryer

By Daniel Fryer This summer I was given the opportunity to work as a summer legal clerk at the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama. This experience expanded my development and exposure to the tools available to change the basic structure of our current political and economic system. “The opposite of poverty,” EJI’s founder […]