2021 #Law4thePeople Convention

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What you get when you register:

  • Up to 15 hours of available CLE credit 
  • 18 hours of workshops and major panels on topics such as sex work decriminalization, disability justice and COVID, eviction defense, prison legal support, international labor solidarity, Guild work past and present, and more!
  • Keynote Presentation with abolitionist community lawyer, educator, and organizer Talila A. Lewis 
  • Ceremony to celebrate the work of our incredible 2021 Honorees
  • Social hours to connect with other Guild members and allies
  • Access to video recordings of all programming to watch and engage with at your convenience
  • Discount on all books, DVDs, and CDs from our official convention bookseller, PM Press!

Going Virtual Again in 2021!

We will once again be convening a virtual convention! While we missed gathering in person with you all last year, our digital convention was a huge success—with 1,000 attendees participating around the U.S. (and the world)!

Like last year, we will schedule events to accommodate attendees across multiple time zones and aim to make programming as accessible as possible—including, but not limited to, having live captioning available.

As always, we will offer sliding-scale registration, with waivers available upon request. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Even if attendees aren’t available to join every event live in real time, registrants will be able to access video recordings of programming to watch and engage with at their convenience.

In addition to workshops, major panels, CLEs, and governance events, we will be sure to include online social events and other ways our attendees can connect with each other!

Announcing the 2021 Panels and Workshops!

We’re thrilled to announce the 2021 major panels and workshops, member-submitted and organized programming that comprises the bulk of #Law4thePeople events! Stay tuned for a full schedule, including descriptions of the events below, as well as additional CLEs and special events!

Major Panels (120 minutes)

  • The Path To Sex Work Decriminalization in the US
  • Building Movements and Disability Solidarity in the Age of COVID-19
  • Using the State Against the State: Strategy of the NLG

Workshops (90 minutes)

  • Eviction Defense: Adapting Legal Observation for Eviction Rapid Response
  • Prison Legal Support Network: A Model to Supporting Jailhouse Lawyers and Prisoner-Led Organizing
  • Observation Towards Action: Documenting Court Hearings and Mobilizing Campaigns
  • Defending the Attica Brothers
  • On the Ground in Minnesota: Defending the Uprising, Racial Justice Protests and Line 3
  • #BlockTheBoat: Building Labor Solidarity for Palestine and the Boycott Movement
  • International Labor Solidarity and the Fight to Preserve Democracy
  • “Hot Topic” Workshop – Topic announcement coming soon!

CLEs from our partners at the National Police Accountability Project and the National Immigration Project

The NPAP CLE, “Immunities on Appeal: Effective Strategies for Civil Rights Plaintiffs,” will discuss strategies for appealing immunity issues in civil rights cases, including the nuts and bolts of appellate advocacy, recent Supreme Court cases, the future of qualified immunity, and tips for framing issues at the circuit level.

The NIP CLE, “Immigration Defense Strategies: Lessons from the Criminal Defense Context,” will cover a wide array of immigration defense topics, ranging from constitutional procedure to adopting a public defense approach to immigration.

Congratulations to the 2021 Honorees!

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At the #Law4ThePeople Convention each year, we honors members and allies whose work embodies extraordinary commitment to our mission of human rights and the rights of ecosystems over property interests.

Join us in celebrating the honorees by placing a message (“ad”) in the tribute journal or becoming a sponsor (all sponsorships include convention registrations and tribute journal ads)!

What do these award names mean?

Each year the National Lawyers Guild gives the Law for the People Award to an individual or organization whose work embodies the values that our membership holds dear. Previous recipients include Walter Riley, Standish Willis, Jan Susler, Judith Berkan, and Jim Lafferty.

Ernest “Ernie” Goodman (1906-1997) of Detroit was a founding member of the National Lawyers Guild and an influential civil rights and First Amendment lawyer. Each year the Ernie Goodman Award is awarded to a Guild Lawyer who, within the past several years or currently, is engaged in legal struggle against financial, political, or social odds to obtain justice with and for those who are poor, powerless, or persecuted. The Goodman Award is given by the National Lawyers Guild Foundation.

The C.B. King Award is given to an NLG law student in honor of Chevene Bowers King (1923-1988), one of the country’s most prominent and courageous civil rights lawyers. For over 30 years, he practiced law in Albany, Georgia, where he was a major figure in the civil rights movement. C.B. King was also a great teacher who taught several generations of law students and young lawyers how to practice law with a commitment to the poor, the disenfranchised, and the oppressed.

The annual NLG Legal Worker Award is given to a Guild member whose legal support work has demonstrated leadership in the organization, marked by one or more notable accomplishments, and recognized by their peers.

Former Guild President Debra Evenson (1942-2011) was one of the visionary architects of Cuba’s legal system, and a staunch defender of the country at home. The award is presented by the International Committee in recognition of brave work to extend justice beyond borders.

The National Immigration Project of the NLG (NIPNLG) created the Daniel Levy Award in 2002, to honor the memory and work of Daniel Levy. Daniel Levy was a former staff attorney of the National Immigration Law Center who passed away at the untimely age of 48. He was a member of NIPNLG and a tireless advocate on behalf of immigrant and civil rights. Each year, the NIPNLG recognizes an organization or team that exemplifies Daniel Levy’s creative, collective, and socially conscious work style.

The National Immigration Project of the NLG awards the Carol Weiss King Award annually for excellence in the pursuit of social justice through organizing, litigating, and teaching. The award has honored dozens whose work has significantly advanced human and civil rights. Prominent U.S. lawyer Carol Weiss King (1895-1952) specialized in immigration law and the defense of the civil rights of immigrants, and was a founding member of the National Lawyers Guild.

2021 Keynote Presenter: Talila A. Lewis
Abolitionist community lawyer, educator, and organizer

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Note: Deaf interpreter and live English captioning will be provided for the keynote event, which will be livestreamed to the public.

Talila A. Lewis (no gender pronouns; use Talila or “TL” instead of using pronouns) is an abolitionist community lawyer, educator, and organizer whose work reveals and addresses the inextricable links between ableism, racism, classism, and all forms of systemic oppression and structural inequity. Recognized as a 2015 White House Champion of Change and one of Pacific Standard Magazine’s Top 30 Thinkers Under 30, Lewis engineers innovative and intersectional social justice efforts that address grave interconnected injustices within education, medical, and legal systems that have gone unaddressed for generations. Lewis’s  advocacy primarily focuses on harm and violence reduction and interruption, advocacy with people affected by incarceration/institutionalization, and abolition of all forms of incarceration/institutionalization.

As one of the only people in the nation working to correct and prevent wrongful convictions of deaf/disabled people, Lewis regularly presents and trains on this and related topics. As the creator of the only national database of deaf/blind/disabled people, Lewis advocates with and for hundreds of disabled defendants, incarcerated, and returned people and their loved ones. Lewis co-founded and serves as volunteer director of HEARD (HEARD), a cross-disability abolitionist organization works to end ableism, racism, capitalism, and all other forms of oppression and violence. As a founding member of the Harriet Tubman Collective and the co-creator of Disability Solidarity praxis, Lewis spent most of 2017 and all of 2018 traveling the “United States,” to exchange knowledge with multiply-marginalized communities; visit incarcerated deaf/disabled people; and bake for “love, life & liberation” under the moniker Sweet Solidarity.

Lewis currently serves as a consultant for dozens of social justice organizations on various topics including racial, economic, gender, and disability justice and as an expert on cases involving disabled people. Lewis previously served as the Givelber Public Interest Lecturer at Northeastern University School of Law and as a visiting professor at Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf. A recent graduate of American University Washington College of Law, Lewis has received awards from numerous universities, the American Bar Association, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, American Association for People with Disabilities, the Nation Institute, National Black Deaf Advocates, and EBONY Magazine, among others. 

Lewis is a 2018 Roddenberry Fellow & a 2018 Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity.

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