2022 Resolutions, Amendments, and Elections

As a democratic organization, the work and focus of the NLG is decided by our members. Each year, we hold plenaries in which members discuss programmatic priorities, often in the form of resolutions. We also update our governing documents, our Bylaws and Constitution, and elect new officers to serve on the NLG National Executive Committee […]

NLG Statement Against Overturning Roe v. Wade and in Support of Comprehensive Reproductive Freedom

This statement is about a draft opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, meaning that it is not yet an official SCOTUS opinion and has not yet had any legislation passed based on it. Abortion is still legal in the United States, subject to the same local laws as before this draft opinion was […]

Becoming Abolitionists: NLG Reading Group Guide

View the original list from Derecka Purnell and publisher by clicking here. As your chapters and committees get started on reading and engaging with Derecka Purnell’s Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom, please feel free to use these discussion questions to guide your conversations. In Becoming Abolitionists, Derecka Purnell shares her own […]

NOW OPEN: 2022 Weinglass Memorial Fellowship Application

NLG Leonard I. Weinglass Memorial Fellowship 2022 Announcement and Application Instructions Leonard I. Weinglass (1933-2011) was a criminal defense attorney and constitutional law advocate. Over the course of his career, he represented political activists, government opponents, and criminal defendants— including Angela Davis, the Cuban Five, the Chicago Seven, the Pentagon Papers defendants, and the death row appeals of […]

#WAMI2022 Roundup

NLG Law Students Highlight Connections between Mass Incarceration and the Housing Crisis For the 2022 Week Against Mass Incarceration (Feb. 28-March 4), NLG Law School Chapters organized around the theme of “Mass Incarceration and the Housing Crisis” to explore the intersections of housing policy, evictions, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the criminalization of poverty in the […]

NLG Statement of Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Nation

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) strongly supports the sovereign Wet’suwet’en nation in demanding an end to Canada’s militarized occupation of their lands and a complete halt to the Coastal Gaslink pipeline, as outlined in their recent submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have unilaterally opposed the Coastal Gaslink pipeline […]

Black History & Black Futures: Resources for Black Legal Professionals and Organizers, Resources for Substantive Solidarity

As Black History Month comes to a close, we’re honoring the tremendous impact of Black legal workers, lawyers, law students, and community organizers who created and advanced the work of the NLG and other movement spaces. Our movements, the NLG included, would not exist without the work of Black radical organizers and legal professionals. As […]

NLG Labor & Employment Committee Statement Calling on Biden to Appoint Pro-Worker Justice to SCOTUS

When Joe Biden began his Presidential campaign at a labor union hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the then-candidate emphatically stated, “I am a Union man. Period.”  Biden promised that if elected, he would be the most pro-worker, “most pro-union president you’ve ever seen.”   With his first opportunity to nominate a justice for a lifetime term to […]

Prisoner’s Legal Advocacy Network (PLAN) Not a Project of NLG

National Lawyers Guild (NLG) announces that the Prisoner’s Legal Advocacy Network (PLAN) is not a project of NLG and is not authorized to use NLG’s name in any of its activities.  Via a letter sent to a PLAN representative on January 6, 2022, NLG raised certain concerns about PLAN activities and asked PLAN to cooperate […]