Guild Notes – NLG Newsletter

Click on the Guild Notes issue/number to access individual articles, now shareable with their own unique URLs! Click “View Issue As PDF” to see the entire issue as it was printed. SUBMIT: NLG members are strongly encouraged to submit articles pertaining to their NLG-related work to Guild Notes. We also accept pieces for the GN […]

Beyond Bars: Prosecutors Must Be Held Accountable for Their Misconduct

Jay Van Story Huntsville, TX Prosecutors who orchestrate the false conviction of the innocent are committing crimes every bit as bad as any they prosecute. They’re not using turns to accomplish their offenses, but something far more dangerous—their immense, unchecked power. Imagine a world without the terrible injustice of innocent men and women being falsely […]

Beyond Bars: See the Light

Jason Geray Tehachapi, CA Tell me what poet has made it this far, What poet was made from the dust of a star, What poet holds your attention line by line, What poet was born to shine… For the year 2020, who pictured this, Caged in a cell raising a fist, Power to the people […]

Beyond Bars: Fighting a Foreign War

Jose E. Roque Livingston, TX As I sit in my cell so very dark and dreary, Anxious to plead my case to any ear that will hear me A victim of a federal system I once risked my life to defend, Stuck in this prison industrial complex as a fly trapped in a spider’s web […]

Beyond Bars: My Revolutionary Resurrection

Xinachtli AKA Alvaro Luna Hernandez Iowa Park, TX You have falsified, destroyed our history, after you stole our lands, converting us into foreigners, illegal aliens in our own homeland. But you will never erase our identity, culture, tongue, our Indigenous roots, you so fear and despise. We are a proud, noble, humble, compassionate people, but […]

JLI Law School Tour to Uplift Legal Work of Incarcerated People

By Jhody Polk The Jailhouse Lawyers Initiative (JLI), hosted by the NLG, is excited to be launching the Legal Empowerment is Abolition law school tour in seven states starting in the fall of 2019 through spring 2020. JLI will be visiting law schools in Florida, New Orleans, Texas, Chicago, California, New York, and Washington, DC. […]

2019 NLG Week Against Mass Incarceration to Tackle “War on Drugs”

Following the National Lawyers Guild Law for the People Convention in October 2015, NLG membership adopted a resolution calling for “the dismantling and abolition of all prisons and of all aspects of systems and institutions that support, condone, create, fill, or protect prisons.” In honor of this resolution, in 2016 the NLG expanded our annual Student […]

BEYOND BARS: The Jailhouse Lawyer Initiative

Dear Defenders of Justice, Are you currently assigned, or have been (during your current term of incarceration), to the law library as a certified law clerk in a state or federal prison within the United States? Are you known as a “jailhouse lawyer” at your institution? If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, […]

BEYOND BARS: Revolutionary Greetings

By Jennifer Gann Soledad, CA Dear friends and comrades, Revolutionary greetings from behind enemy lines in so-called California (occupied Chumas and other tribal territory), where I remain in captivity. I would like to introduce myself to fellow NLG members and Jailhouse Lawyers, and tell you about some of my work. My name is Jennifer Gann. […]