Member Recap: May 6, 2021

  Welcome to the Member Recap, where you can catch up on NLG news from the last two weeks. Be sure to keep up with us in real time on social media, on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook   Upcoming Webinars, Publications, and Announcements Help Us #DropTheCharges Against BLM Protesters! So far, we’ve received 2,500 signatures […]

NLG Palestine Subcommittee Submits Memo to Biden Administration Laying Out Legal Basis for Immediate Reversal of Trump Policies on Palestine/Israel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: lmartinez@ccrjustice.org / (212) 614-6481 Today, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) International Committee’s Palestine Subcommittee submitted a memorandum to the Biden administration laying out the legal basis for immediate reversal of the Trump administration’s policies on Palestine/Israel and further actions necessary to bring the United States in compliance with international law. This […]

PRESS CONFERENCE 4/27: International Commission of Legal Experts Release Report on Racist Police Violence in the US

Finds US Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity and Other Violations of International Law Event: Press conference for launch of the Report of the International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence against People of African Descent in the United States When: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 12 pm Eastern time (9 am Pacific) Where: Watch the livestream: https://www.facebook.com/internationalcommissionofinquiry  […]

In Response to Chauvin Verdict and Ongoing Police Violence, NLG Continues to Support Calls for Abolition

In response to the guilty verdicts of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for last summer’s murder of George Floyd, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) reaffirms its support for communities calling for the abolition of policing. As the verdict was being announced, Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old girl, was killed by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, […]

Call for Nominations: 2021 Goodman, C.B. King, and Legal Worker Awards

DEADLINE: June 1, 2021 We are opening the nomination period for Ernie Goodman, C.B. King (Law Student), and Legal Worker Awards. Please consider nominating a Guild attorney, law student, or legal worker who you have worked with! See below for details on each award. Please email Traci Yoder at traci@nlg.org with any questions about the […]

Call for 2021 Convention Programming

Call for Proposals: Major Panels and Workshops DEADLINE: June 15, 2021 The NLG 2021 Law for the People Convention will be held virtually October 11-17. Unlike our usual five-day format, we’re spreading out events over a full week to allow participants across multiple time zones to attend as many events as possible. Even if attendees aren’t available to join every […]

2021 Resolutions, Amendments, and Elections

As a democratic organization, the work and focus of the Guild is decided by our members. Each year at the convention, 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 […]

Letter to NLG Members on Legal Worker Membership

Dear NLG Members,  Over the past four years and throughout the uprisings of 2020, many people joined the National Lawyers Guild through the selection of our “legal workers” membership category, in order to help with the vital mass defense efforts taking place in nearly every city around the country. For this reason, we wanted to […]

Abolition of Policing Resolution: FAQs

In 2020, the NLG membership passed the Resolution Supporting the Abolition of Policing, in which the NLG calls for “the defunding, dismantling and abolition of all forms of policing.” To provide clarity on this policy, the resolution’s proponents and the NLG National Office are sharing this FAQ to help members understand and incorporate the new […]

Tell the Biden Administration #DropTheCharges Against BLM Protesters

[UPDATE 6/3/21] We’re pleased to announce that today we sent President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Attorney General Merrick Garland our #DropTheCharges letter—urging them to dismiss the federal charges against more than 350 anti-racist protesters who participated in last year’s uprising for Black lives—endorsed by a total of 90 organizations and signed by a […]