Albert Woodfox at the NLG #Law4thePeople Convention, Winner of Arthur Kinoy Award

We’re thrilled to announce that former Black Panther and recently released political prisoner Albert Woodfox will be joining us at the 2016 #Law4thePeople Convention as the recipient of the 2016 NLG Arthur Kinoy Award! Albert Woodfox was the last imprisoned member of the “Angola 3,” and was just released in February—having spent more time in […]

Haywood Burns

Above photo: Haywood Burns (second from right) with client Angela Davis (center), and fellow NLG defense attorney Margaret Burham (far left) during 1972 trial. W. Haywood Burns was an activist, attorney, and civil rights advocate who inspired people to help underserved communities. Burns’s civil rights career began at age 15, when he helped integrate a […]

Food Justice and Intersectionality

We are the primary authors of the Food Justice Guidelines. We are Muslim women of color, Palestinian human rights attorneys, animal rights attorneys, public defenders, racial justice attorneys, and intersectional social justice activists. We were compelled to write the Food Justice Guidelines in an effort to push the Guild to be more intersectional, rather than […]

Guild Member Wins Peabody Award for Albie Sachs Documentary

Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, the latest film by Abby Ginzberg, Bay Area filmmaker and former national NLG leader, topped off a year of worldwide screenings and rave reviews by receiving a Peabody Award, one of the highest honors in documentary film and public affairs programming. Narrated by Alfre Woodard, Soft […]

In Memoriam: Michael Kennedy

By Eleanor Stein Michael Kennedy, a member of the NLG San Francisco Bay Area and New York City Chapters, died in January at the age of 78. Kennedy represented movement clients in major cases and was known as an indomitable fighter for justice and a combative and creative strategist on the side of the “underdogs […]

Q&A with Kris Hermes: RNCs, DNCs, and NSSEs—Oh My!

Drawing on first-hand experience and in-depth research, Former Mass Defense Coordinator and longtime Guild member Kris Hermes authored Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000 (PM Press, September 2015), which shows how the escalation of the National Security State was already being set in motion during the Republican National Convention protests (RNC) […]

A Community Solution to Cash Bail

Jonah Newman, The Chicago Reporter Truthout Wed, 01/20/2016 View the original piece When Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald in November, his bail was set at $1.5 million. Later that day, Van Dyke’s family posted the $150,000 necessary for him to wait out his […]

Challenge to Military Spying on Antiwar Activists Gains Support of Grassroots and Legal Groups

Legal brief supports plaintiffs’ Ninth Circuit appeal, urges jury trial to hold the Army accountable Contacts: Lead Plaintiffs’ Attorney Larry Hildes 360-599-4339 / or Amicus co-author Heidi Boghosian 917-239-4999 / SEATTLE—Several grassroots and legal organizations filed an “amicus” brief Wednesday in support of a widely watched lawsuit challenging the military’s domestic spying against […]

New Resource: NLG Scholars

The NLG National Office is excited to announce a new resource now available on our website called NLG Scholars — a list of our members who are law school professors, past NLG presidents, and practitioners with decades of experience. Please take a look and keep this list in mind when you need speakers for events […]