NLG Opposes Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to SCOTUS

The resignation of Justice Anthony Kennedy in June 2018 has left an opening for the far right to achieve a clear majority on the Supreme Court. Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge from the conservative legal establishment with a history of partisan politics, contempt for international law, and uncritical deference to Executive power. […]

New Resource: Fact Sheet on “Unmasking Antifa” Act

The National Lawyers Guild and the Academic Solidarity Network have teamed up to challenge the “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018.” This bill was introduced in the House in July by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) and co-sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC).  This proposed bill states that anyone wearing a “disguise” who injures, […]

Legal Observer Appreciation Week: Sept 10-16

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF NLG LEGAL OBSERVING! The NLG is most known for our Legal Observers (LOs), the volunteers in lime green hats who monitor and document police conduct and arrests at protests. No matter the weather, time of day, or location, our Legal Observers, the cornerstone of our Mass Defense Program, show up devoting […]

NLG Sends Letter to Honduran Judiciary on Berta Cáceres Murder

Contact: Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, NLG President president@nlg.org NEW YORK—The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is demanding justice and accountability for the March 2, 2016 murder of internationally acclaimed indigenous and environmental activist Berta Cáceres in her home. The NLG sent a letter on July 25 urging the Honduran judiciary to ensure that the upcoming trial […]

NLG Endorses the #August21 Prison Strike

The National Lawyers Guild is with dozens of groups in solidarity with incarcerated people across the nation who have declared a nationwide prison strike from August 21 to September 9, 2018, in response to the riot in Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina. As part of our 2015 Resolution Supporting the Abolition […]

WEBINAR: Global Repression of Dissent: Palestine, Puerto Rico & the Philippines

REGISTER NOW! bit.ly/globalrepressionwebinar As colonialist regimes gain power across the globe, we have seen more people speaking out against white supremacist and fascist rhetoric and policies as well as an increased attack on dissent, particularly on human rights defenders from economically poor communities of color. Movements to challenge and defeat racism, colonialism, state violence, and […]

Battle for the Bench: Resisting the Rise of the Judicial Right

By Traci Yoder, NLG Director of Research and Education Recent Supreme Court decisions upholding Trump’s Muslim ban, allowing businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people, and weakening public sector unions have emphasized the considerable power of the judiciary and the devastating results that occur when it is dominated by conservative judges. With the resignation of Justice […]

Represented by NLG Central VA Attorneys, Redneck Revolt Reaches Settlement in Charlottesville Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—As white nationalists plan for the one-year “anniversary” event commemorating last year’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally, NLG Central Virginia attorneys Jeff Fogel and Pam Starsia signed a consent decree this week officially ending the City of Charlottesville’s lawsuit against anti-racist community defense network Redneck Revolt. The suit characterized Redneck Revolt […]

New Resource: Best Practices Guide for Setting Up a Legal Defense Fund

Legal defense funds can serve as crucial tools for sustaining grassroots led movements and defending the people who put their lives on the line for them. The National Lawyers Guild and National Bail Fund Network have teamed up to create the Best Practices Guide for Setting Up a Legal Defense Fund in order to address […]

NLG Condemns Supreme Court’s Attack on Workers’ Rights in Janus Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2018 Contact: K. Dean Hubbard, Jr., NLG Labor and Employment Committee Chair, deanhub@gmail.com With its Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council) decision, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority has overturned a 40-year-old precedent that allows public sector unions, like private sector unions, to charge non-members—who they are required by […]