National Lawyers Guild committees are the foundation of our programmatic work. Our volunteer members work nationally to realize the mission of the Guild in areas such as immigration, labor, international, and constitutional law. The work of our committees, task forces, and projects defines the Guild as a coalition for social change. These groups demonstrate that not only are we passionate in our convictions, but we are also resolute in our actions.
Below is the information for our most active committees, projects and task forces. Please contact the committee chairs for more specific information on how to get involved. We look forward to working with you.
The Anti-Racism Committee (ARC) strives to make the Guild into an effective anti-racist organization, holding it to the principles on which it was founded. The cost of joining the Anti-Racism Committee is $12, which can be paid alongside your membership dues. (Dues generally go towards covering expenses for the two anti-oppression trainings we organize - one for the NEC in April and one for the convention, as well as to the TUPOCC travel stipend.) Are you doing anti-racism work in your local or student chapter? Looking for assistance, resources, or ideas? Email the ARC Co-Chairs at email@example.com
White supremacy and racism are serious problems in our society that affect us all. Racism affects how we do our work, and how we interact with each other, potential allies, and power structures. ARC desires to be a resource for NLG chapters, committees, and projects to engage in analysis and action on anti-racism.
The following documents may be used as tools to facilitate conversations in your NLG chapter, committee, or project. The ARC can make available ARC committee members to help guide and facilitate such conversations, remotely, or in person at a meeting.
- Culture Shifts toward Anti-Racist Organizational Culture from the Catalyst Project
- Three Expressions of Racism from Dismantling Racism
- Culture as an Iceberg from the Brown Boi Project
- Pledge to support the mission of The United People of Color Caucus of the NLG (TUPOCC)
The Anti-Sexism Committee advances the Guild’s work in the movement for women’s liberation. Our work includes: planning educational panels and workshops at Guild events; organizing projects locally, nationally and internationally; participating in conferences and campaigns nationally and internationally; and writing articles for Guild Notes and other publications to educate the public about issues integral to women's rights and gender equality. Dues are used for convention-related needs such as supporting Safer Spaces, buying refreshments or other materials, and occasionally to assist a chair or co-chair in attending the convention. We have also used funds previously to support participation in campaigns or conferences that we are a part of. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to the DRUG POLICY COMMITTEE
The Drug Policy Committee (DPC) of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) opposes the harms of America's War on Drugs, and advocates for policies that reduce those harms. We are lawyers, law students, and legal workers. We seek to educate ourselves and the public about drug policy issues and policy alternatives.
Read our most recent publication, "High Crimes: Strategies to Further Marijuana Legalization Initiatives."
Sign up for the committee using our Google form.
Co - Chairs
Our drug policy reform tactics include:
- Providing experts to speak or testify at drug policy events
- Helping writers to submit drug policy articles to law journals
- Forming drug policy committees of bar associations
- Organizing Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars
- Drafting and filing amicus curiae briefs in drug policy cases
- Providing legislative testimony on bills regarding drug policy
- Writing letters-to-the-editor about drug policy news articles
- Encouraging law schools to start drug policy-related clinics
- Mentoring law students interested in drug policy reform
We're members/supporters/leaders of these fine groups:
The EJC is dedicated to providing assistance to impoverished communities and communities of color, which are exposed to the disproportionate impacts of environmental hazards. This committee is free to join. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Housing Committee works to advance the principle that housing is a human right. The committee supports the efforts of communities advocating for and creating access to safe, affordable, and adequate housing for all people. The committee aims to provide legal support to grassroots movements organizing around self-determination, tenants' rights, foreclosure resistance, squatting/homesteading, homelessness rights, property redistribution, and other housing and land use issues. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NLG International Committee (IC) supports legal work around the world "to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests." As lawyers, law students, and legal activists, we seek to change U.S. foreign policy that threatens, rather than engages, or is based on a model of domination rather than respect. The Guild provides assistance and solidarity to movements in the United States and abroad that work for social justice in this increasingly interconnected world.
The NLG IC plays an active role in international conferences, delegations and on-going projects that examine and seek to remedy conditions caused by illegal U.S. or corporate pracitices. By bringing an alternative perspective to multinational institutions, schools, community centers and congressional hearings, the IC and its members actively educate, litigate, and truth-seek toward the end of social justice.
This committee has done work in Cuba, the Middle East, Korea, Haiti, and several other countries. Through participating in these projects members can build their skills and network. The cost of joining the International Committee is $25.
*NOTE: The International Committee has many subcommittees that focus on specific locations. There are also subcommittees for various human rights issues. For a complete list of their Subcommittees and additional contacts, please visit the International Committee website at nlginternational.org, and follow them at facebook.com/NLGIC
Get involved with us today and be part of building a more peaceful and just world!
The L&EC serves as a liaison between the Guild and various organized labor and employment legal groups. The cost of joining is $40. Students can join for $15. For more information visit the L&EC website at nlg-laboremploy-comm.org.
The Mass Incarceration Committee exists in recognition that the use of incarceration in the United States has reached epidemic proportions and is the foremost civil rights, racial justice, and human rights concern of our times. The Committee's mission is to challenge the prison industrial complex in all its forms; advocate for prison abolition and alternatives to incarceration; and protect the rights of people in prison. Among our main activities are correspondence and legal support for jailhouse lawyers. For more information and to join the committee, contact Nora Carroll at email@example.com.
The Guild opposes aggressive and interventionist military policies, as well as abusive treatment of service members and veterans. Through the MLTF, it works to provide support for those in and out of the military who challenge such policies and treatment. The MLTF is a network of attorneys, legal workers and law students working in the areas of military and veterans law and rights. It produces legal training materials as well as self-help guides for service members on topics ranging from dissent and conscientious objection to sexual assault and hazing. Members provide individual representation to GI's and veterans, and collaborate on challenges to oppressive military policies. The Task Force produces a quarterly newsletter, On Watch, and maintains a listserve for its membership. Volunteers are always needed for research and writing projects, and to help in counseling service members about their rights. The cost of joining this committee is $25. For more information visit the MLTF website at www.nlgmltf.org.
The National Immigration Project is a network of immigration lawyers, law students, and legal workers who work to end unlawful immigration practices, to recognize the contributions of immigrants in this country, to promote fair immigration practices, and to expand the civil and human rights of all immigrants regardless of their status in this country. For more information, please visit the National Immigration Project website.
NPAP is a non-profit organization of plaintiff’s lawyers, law students and legal workers, which is dedicated to ending police abuse of authority through legal action, public education and support for grassroots and victims’ organizations involving police misconduct. Separate membership is required for NPAP. Visit the NPAP website
The Next Generation Committee (Next Gen) welcomes progressive law students, recent graduates, legal workers, young lawyers, and law school candidates interested in radical lawyering and social change. Next Gen sponsors social events, offers guidance and support to new members, and works to support and sustain the “next generation” of the Guild. The National Next Gen Committee helps develop and sustain local Next Gen chapters and promotes new leadership within the Guild. Email the NextGen Co-chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Queer Caucus provides a space for queer members to come together to discuss and strategize about work and their role within the NLG.
Donate to the TUPOCC travel stipend fund to underwrite the costs for young people of color--students, legal workers, and recent law school graduates--to attend the annual NLG Convention.
TUPOCC is an alliance of law students, legal workers, attorneys, and other people of color within the NLG. The necessity of such an organization is borne from the history of the United States where economic power is dependent on the continued subjugation of people of color, poor people women, queers, and other oppressed people.
TUPOCC wishes to provide all people of color with opportunities and, when such opportunities are not available, to work with allies to create them. The caucus seeks to unite people of color in the NLG, to represent communities of color, to help people of color achieve their potential, and to function as a powerful force within the NLG, the United States, and the world. Membership is open to all members of the NLG community who self-identify as people of color.
Read the Alabama Manifesto, TUPOCC's founding document from the 2005 Law for the People Convention.
Current members: click here to participate in the TUPOCC Membership Survey.
Local TUPOCC Chapters:
NLG members in Boston launched a local TUPOCC chapter in 2016. Stay tuned for more details!