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 […]

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 […]

Announcing the 2022 NLG Haywood Burns Fellows

The NLG National Office is thrilled to introduce our 2022 Haywood Burns Fellowship recipients! The Fellowships sponsor law students and legal workers to spend the summer working for public interest organizations across the country in order to build their legal skills, strengthen their long-term commitment to social justice, and provide much-needed legal support to under-served […]

Military Law Task Force Responds to DoD Instruction on Extremism and Protest

The Military Law Task Force of the NLG has released the following statement about the Department of Defense’s Dec. 20 release of an updated instruction on extremism in the military: After months of delay and empty promises, the Department of Defense has finally adopted an expanded policy on extremist activity in the military. The Military Law […]

Abolish the Police by Bart Everson

NLG Condemns the State’s Unwillingness to Disrupt White Supremacy; Looks Beyond the Justice System for Meaningful Change

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is outraged by the events taking place in the concurrent trials of Kyle Rittenhouse and the murderers of Ahmaud Arbery. It is once again extremely clear that the state will maintain its investment in fascism, anti-Blackness, and white supremacy. As we mourn the loss of life and look for ways […]