NLG Students Speak Out in Support of Palestine

On October 7, the National Lawyers Guild re-affirmed our longstanding solidarity with the people of Palestine. The NLG’s International Committee immediately issued a statement based on the Guild’s past resolutions, stating, “The National Lawyers Guild emphasizes the legitimacy of the right of the Palestinian people to resist illegal military occupation, apartheid and ethnic cleansing, and […]

NLG Condemns Georgia Indictments of Stop Cop City Protesters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Suzanne Adely, President of the National Lawyers Guild: September 5, 2023 NEW  YORK/ATLANTA – The National Lawyers Guild condemns in the strongest terms the state of Georgia’s indictments, announced today, Tuesday, September 5, against 61 people targeted for allegedly being part of the movement to #StopCopCity. These indictments, filed by Georgia […]

NLG Statement Condemning SCOTUS Attacks on Affirmative Action, Queer Rights

This week, the Supreme Court escalated ongoing attacks on marginalized people in its decisions on affirmative action, queer discrimination, and student loan forgiveness. All of these cases are part of a harrowing destruction of rights and protections championed by civil rights advocates for over more than 50 years. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is outraged […]

Honoring Karen Jo Koonan

On Monday, June 5, we said goodbye to the indomitable Karen Jo Koonan. The enormity of this loss weighs heavy on those in the National Lawyers Guild who knew her, who worked with her, and who loved her. As the first legal worker to serve as national NLG President, Karen Jo’s compassionate, bold leadership played […]

2023 NLG Leonard Weinglass Fellow: Suad Abdel aziz

The National Lawyers Guild Foundation and NLG National Office are excited to announce the recipient of the 2023 Leonard I. Weinglass Memorial Fellowship, Suad Abdel aziz! Suad received her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2023. She works to advocate for the rights of increasingly criminalized activists, human rights defenders and […]

NLG Condemns State Repression against Atlanta Solidarity Fund Activists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: press@nlg.orgMay 31, 2023 On the morning of Wednesday, May 31, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and Atlanta Police Department (APD) raided the homes of and arrested three activists with the Atlanta Solidarity Fund. These arrests are a clear attempt to silence protest and sever activists from legal counsel and community support. […]

NLG Statement of Solidarity with and Support for Ongoing Protests in Akron, Ohio

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) honors the work of and stands in solidarity with the #JusticeforJayland movement in Akron, Ohio. In recent weeks, the State has waged an assault on protesters demanding accountability in the yearlong legal aftermath of the police murder of Jayland Walker in 2022. As a human rights organization with more than […]

NLG Letter to UNC Emergency Evaluation and Action Committee

In a letter to the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chancellor, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) objects to the UNC administration decision to bring disciplinary action against law student Jamie Marsicano, who was arrested as part of a mass sweep of attendees at a #StopCopCity solidarity event. Joined by over 1,100 legal professionals, law students […]

2023 NLG Resolutions, Amendments, and Elections

As a democratic organization, the work and focus of the Guild 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, HRW, and 40+ Human and Environmental Rights Organizations Condemn the State Repression Against Cop City Protesters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 10, 2023Contact: Director of 679-5100, ext. 5 New York, NY — On Monday, April 10, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), Human Rights Watch, Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR), and more than 40 other human and environmental rights organizations co-issued a statement condemning the prosecution of activists and forest defenders in […]