Angela Davis’s Triumphant Return to Birmingham

By David Gespass, NLG Alabama & Past NLG President Among the many privileges I had as president of the Guild, one of the greatest was picking up Angela Davis at the airport and introducing her as the keynote speaker at  75th anniversary #Law4thePeople Convention in 2012  held in Pasadena, CA. Her warmth, humanity and insight […]

Scenes from the UTLA Teachers’ Strike

By Eva Nagao, NLG Los Angeles Member I don’t remember where I was on September 12, 2012. I was in Chicago, but I wasn’t in the streets when the approximately 26,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) walked out of school and onto the picket lines. The 2012 Chicago school strike was the first […]

NLG Report from the Mexico-US Border

Image: NLG Los Angeles Chapter holding Legal Observer training at CHIRLA for Guild members heading to the border. By Traci Yoder, NLG Director of Research and Education National Lawyers Guild staff traveled to Tijuana the first week of December to observe conditions at the border and to coordinate with our members already on the ground […]

Refugee Caravan: A Legal Observer’s Report from Tijuana

Image: Tents of hunger striking  asylum seekers at the border. The tent on the left reads one of their demands, “#2: Que se facilite el proceso legal del asilo USA / #2: That the legal process for US asylum be facilitated.” The tent on the right reads, “Estamos en huelga de hambre / We are […]

Battle for the Bench: Resisting the Rise of the Judicial Right

By Traci Yoder, NLG Director of Research and Education Recent Supreme Court decisions upholding Trump’s Muslim ban, allowing businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people, and weakening public sector unions have emphasized the considerable power of the judiciary and the devastating results that occur when it is dominated by conservative judges. With the resignation of Justice […]

Second J20 Trial Ends with No Convictions, Prosecutor Hiding Evidence

By Jude Ortiz, NLG Mass Defense Committee Chair Washington, DC – Much has happened in the J20 (inauguration conspiracy) case since the NLG wrote about the first J20 trial in November 2017. Let’s start from the latest developments and work our way backwards: the second trial ended with either acquittals or mistrials on the charges […]

Conservative-led Anti-Protest Legislation Already Doubled Since Last Year

By Traci Yoder, Director of Research and Education Last March, the NLG shared an overview and analysis of the wave of anti-protest legislation sweeping state legislatures across the country. At the time, we were looking at 25 bills proposed in 19 states—all focused on limiting the right to protest or removing liability for harm caused […]

Struggles of Using Legal Recourse as a Path Toward Better Prison Conditions

Lisa Drapkin, NLG Membership Director It seems there could never be enough legal support to help the millions of prisoners who would benefit from having a lawyer at arms’ length. Whether it is lack of medical care, abhorrent nutrition, exposure to extreme temperatures, lack of clean water, or brutality by prison guards, there are endless […]