Free Speech on Campus: A Critical Analysis

By Traci Yoder, NLG Director of Research and Education Last weekend, while Vice-President and former Indiana governor Mike Pence was giving the commencement address at Notre Dame University, over 100 students walked out in protest over his anti-LGBTQ and anti-refugee policy positions. Pence used this opportunity to give a 15-minute lecture about free speech on […]

Action Alert: Updates on Anti-Protest Legislation

The NLG recently shared an analysis of the wave of anti-protest legislation brought forward by Republican lawmakers in multiple states since the end of 2016. As of now, we have seen 29 bills introduced in 20 states. When we include anti-BDS bills in the anti-protest legislation wave, it doubles the number (16 enacted already, with bills in […]

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 […]

Statement of Solidarity with #LawStrikesBack from European Lawyers

Lawyers, law students and legal workers will assemble outside Courts in cities across the U.S. at 1pm (ET) today, February 17th, in a strike action called by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) as part of the #F17 General Strike against the Trump administration. As NLG President Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan states: “We are facing unprecedented […]

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: Mark Shervington

By Mark Shervington I would never have imagined in my wildest dreams that I would ever be so honored and privileged as I have been to be awarded a 2016 NLG Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice with the Parole Preparation Project (P3) of the New York City Chapter of the National […]