Incorporating International Law into Everyday Practice

In the past several years, legal aid, public defense and public interest attorneys have integrated human rights principles rooted in international law into the struggles of the individuals and community organizations they represent.   On December 12, 2014, the Portland chapter of the National Lawyers Guild presented a CLE program on Human Rights in the […]

National Lawyers Guild Supports Loyola University Chicago Students’ Renewed Push for Divestment

Urges administration to recognize students’ decision in upcoming vote The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) supports Loyola University Chicago (LUC) students seeking the school’s divestment from corporations profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Set for a vote of March 24, the proposed resolution to divest is a response to the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment, […]

Following Ferguson DOJ Report, NLG’s Anti-Racism Committee and TUPOCC Demand Immediate Overhaul of Racist Law Enforcement Systems in the U.S.

NEW YORK — In light of the Department of Justice’s recent scathing report on law enforcement practices in Ferguson, MO, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC) of the NLG, and the NLG Anti-Racism Committee (ARC), join communities impacted by police violence to condemn the actions of the Ferguson Police […]

DC Tribunal Set to Hold Aquino, US Gov’t Accountable for Human Rights Abuses in the Philippines

Contact: Jackelyn Mariano, National Lawyers Guild International Committee, email: ipt2015media@gmail.com WASHINGTON, DC—An International Peoples Tribunal (IPT) looking into the human rights abuses in the Philippines under the administration of Benigno Simeon Aquino III is set to take place in Washington, DC on July 16-18. Former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and prominent human rights attorney Azadeh […]

Save the Date! Law for the People 2015

Calling all activists, allies, and legal professionals! Join us for the NLG’s annual ‪#‎Law4thePeople‬ Convention,October 21-25 in Oakland, CA for 5 days of panels, workshops, CLEs and camaraderie. This year, our Keynote Speaker will be Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, and programming will address topics including housing and labor rights, racial justice, police accountability, international […]

NLG Mass Incarceration Committee Submits Public Comments to FCC on Prison Phone Rates

Tasha Moro, Communications Coordinator On January 12, 2015, the NLG Mass Incarceration Committee (MIC) submitted public comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) suggesting recommendations to reform Inmate Call Services (ICS). The letter to FCC Secretary Marlene H. Dortch urges the FCC to: Ban commissions and other payments to correctional facilities Cap the rate for […]

NLG Applauds Release of Remaining Cuban Five; Urges US to Respect Political Asylum Status of Assata Shakur in Light of Plans for Renewed US-Cuba Relations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tasha Moro Communications Coordinator 212-679-5100, ext. 15 communications@nlg.org NEW YORK — The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) welcomes the December 17 release of the remaining members of the Cuban Five, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero after serving 16 years in US prisons. The other members of the Five, René González […]

Say #ThanksNLG on #GivingTuesday 12/2/14!

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday. Say #ThanksNLG on Dec. 2! On December 2, 2014, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) will participate in #GivingTuesday, the global holiday for giving back. An ironic nod to the frenzied consumerism of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” this new tradition on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving encourages people worldwide to support […]

The NLG Needs YOUR Help in Ferguson!

The people of Ferguson, MO and all of us interested in social justice are anxiously anticipating a grand jury decision on whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. NLG members in the St. Louis area have galvanized around the Ferguson uprisings. In addition to training and deploying nearly […]

Call to Action: Defend Palestinian Legislative Council Member Khalida Jarrar

By: NLG Palestine Subcommittee The National Lawyers Guild strongly condemns Israel’s illegal expulsion of Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member Khalida Jarrar from Ramallah to Jericho, two cities within the occupied West Bank. NLG demands that Israel’s West Bank military governor rescind the outrageous order. On August 20, 2014, in the midst of its brutal and […]