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 […]

Meet the 2016 Haywood Burns Fellows: Joelle Eliza Mercado Lingat

By Joelle Eliza Mercado Lingat My experience with Northeast New Jersey Legal Services was incredibly enriching and powerful. My internship was based on the high need for expungement work in Hudson County, particularly my hometown of Jersey City. Although other agencies providing expungement services usually pay for a criminal background check, our funding does not […]

Meet the 2016 Haywood Burns Fellows: Martha Laura Garcia

By Martha Laura Garcia Few things said summer like a good old county fair: the delicious smell of dangerously unhealthy food, kids laughing and shrieking to the tune of the carnival ride sounds, and the hope that maybe that year you’d win a giant stuffed animal in one of the games. As a kid, you […]

Meet the 2016 Haywood Burns Fellows: Anya Morgan

By Anya Morgan This summer, I was a legal intern at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, where I worked primarily with the Prisoner Justice Project, and secondarily with the Survival and Self-Determination Project. Over the course of my internship, I was given the opportunity to work on a variety of cases and projects. While working […]

LPHR, PHROC, NLG Submit Complaint to UN on Travel Ban, other Repercussions against Palestinian Human Rights Defender Omar Barghouti

LONDON, RAMALLAH, NEW YORK—Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR), the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) have submitted a joint complaint to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders concerning the Israeli authorities travel ban imposed on Mr Omar Barghouti and other adverse repercussions […]

Baltimore Needs More Than Just Indictments

by Oren Nimni, TUPOCC Chair and Sharlyn Grace, National Vice President As police violence against Black community members and protesters continued this week in Baltimore, we were again reminded why we are proud to be a part of the National Lawyers Guild. The NLG quickly worked with other groups to mobilize legal support for the […]

NLG’s Solidarity Work for Democracy in Honduras

Emily Yozell, International Committee Task Force on the Americas Inter-American Human Rights Court issues decision against Honduras, orders restitution and reparations for judges summarily dismissed for opposing 2009 military coup. NLG amicus brief accepted and cited in October decision. During early morning hours of Sunday June 28 in 2009, the Armed Forces kidnapped and expatriated […]

On Ferguson and “Oath Keepers”

By Kris Hermes, Mass Defense Coordinator It is deeply troubling to learn about the deployment in Ferguson and surrounding areas of so-called “Oath Keepers,” predominantly white men armed with automatic assault weapons and positioned near protest activity mainly led by Black youth. Without even considering their reasons for being in Ferguson—on multiple occasions since Michael […]

The World Has Not Forgotten Us

By Camilo Romero, NLG National Vice President NLG Delegation to Colombia, 2014 ”The world has not forgotten us, because it has never really known us.  We hope the NLG will help introduce our crisis here in Choco – the frontier of Colombia – to the world.” For the first time ever, the National Lawyers Guild organized […]