Legal Observers’ testimony opposing confirmation of Peter Newsham as DC Police Chief

Three individuals who were arrested while serving as NLG Legal Observers during the #J20 protests on Inauguration Day submitted this testimony to the DC City Council in opposition to Peter Newsham (currently Interim Police Chief) being confirmed as the permanent Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief of Police, citing: “His disrespect for First Amendment rights as […]

WPLC: Federal Subpoena Dropped Against Grand Jury Resister Steve Martinez

A federal grand jury subpoena issued to Water Protector Steve Martinez was withdrawn yesterday, without warning or explanation. Mr. Martinez had been summoned to appear on Wednesday March 1, as a witness before a grand jury in Bismarck, ND. The putative subject of the investigation is the November 20 incident on Backwater Bridge, and in […]

WEBINAR: Digital Security & Technology Best Practices

Thursday, March 2, 8 PM EST – REGISTER TODAY! Trump has made clear that he will prioritize empowering law enforcement during his presidency, and we know that includes increased surveillance. This webinar, a joint project of the NLG and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) will focus on digital security and best practices around technology. We will talk […]

Announcing the 2017 NLG Haywood Burns Fellows

The National Lawyers Guild National Office is thrilled to announce our 2017 Haywood Burns Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice recipients. ​​​​​​​For over four decades the National Lawyers Guild has been funding the summer work of law students and legal workers who are committed to social justice lawyering. Inspired by former NLG president and committed movement lawyer, the late Haywood […]

Happy Birthday, NLG! #NLG80

On February 20th, 1937, the National Lawyers Guild was born. At its founding convention, more than 600 legal professionals from across the country gathered to create the first racially integrated national bar association in the United States, that declared the organization’s mission as “…in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred […]

Statement of Solidarity with #LawStrikesBack from European Lawyers

Lawyers, law students and legal workers will assemble outside Courts in cities across the U.S. at 1pm (ET) today, February 17th, in a strike action called by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) as part of the #F17 General Strike against the Trump administration. As NLG President Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan states: “We are facing unprecedented […]

2017 NLG Regional Conferences

Every spring, the NLG organizes regional conferences to bring together attorneys, law students, legal workers, allies and activists across the country. Featuring panels, trainings, workshops, and social events on topics of interest to the progressive and radical legal community, regional conferences also provide the opportunity to build community and strategize for the struggles ahead. NLG […]

Army Corps Will Grant Easement for DAPL – Waives Notification Period

Water Protector Legal Collective is outraged by the U.S. Department of the Army’s notification to Congress today that it intends to grant the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to drill under the Missouri River at Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ stated intention to disregard its policy of […]

Legal Community Strikes Back on #F17!

UPDATE: See below for press coverage of #LawStrikesBack! Join the event on Facebook! bit.ly/LawStrikesBack At 1 PM (ET) on Friday, Feb. 17 (#F17), #LawStrikesBack! Lawyers, legal workers, law students, paralegals, court interpreters, investigators, social service advocates, and others who work in the courts will gather in front of courthouses across the country in coordination with […]