People’s Tribunals Deliver Justice for Victims of Human Rights Violations

By Azadeh Shahshahani, NLG President For three powerful days, July 16-18, I had the honor of participating as a member of the jury in the International Peoples Tribunal (IPT) on crimes against the Filipino people by President Benigno S. Aquino and the U.S. Government, as represented by President Barack Obama. Convened by human rights defenders, […]

Chicago Activists Obtain Reparations for Chicago Police Torture Survivors

By Joey Mogul, NLG Chicago The City of Chicago made history on Wednesday May 6 when it passed legislation providing reparations to survivors of racially motivated police torture committed by infamous former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and detectives under his command from 1972 to 1991. It represents a bold break with the status quo, […]

NLG-NYC Parole Prep Project Sees Successful Results

By Michelle Lewin, NLG-NYC Parole Preparation Project The Parole Preparation Project of the Mass Incarceration Committee continues to work in collaboration with people serving life sentences across New York State who seek parole release. In May, Michelle Lewin, one of the members of the Project’s coordinating committee, was given the Law Student Recognition Award at […]

The NLG Goes to Cuba

By Susan Scott, Task Force on the Americas Co-Chair Not one, not two, but FOUR delegations from the NLG have made their way to Havana in the first half of 2015! The annual NLG Labor and Employment Committee trip to the International Labor Conference went down in March (see Matthew Rinaldi’s article in the NLG-SF […]

Remembering Detroit Newspaper Strike 20 Years Later

By NLG Michigan and Detroit Chapter During the historic Detroit newspaper strike that began on July 13, 1995, hundreds of strikers and supporters were arrested on various criminal charges during demonstrations, picket lines, and other protests during the strike. The Detroit and Michigan Chapter of the NLG took on the responsibility of organizing dozens of […]

NLG Stands in Solidarity with Haitian Human Rights Defenders

By Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti In May 2015, National Lawyers Guild member Mario Joseph invited San Francisco Chapter Executive Board member Walter Riley to monitor a politically charged, high profile trial involving a mayor in southern Haiti who terrorized and killed political protestors and civilians. Riley is a long-time advocate for civil […]

NLG Members Help Block Anti-Homeless Legislation in Miami

By Leah Weston, NLG South Florida On March 12th, the South Florida NLG Chapter joined the Miami Coalition for the Homeless, the ACLU, and other homeless advocacy groups to block an “anti-camping” ordinance up for vote at the Miami City Commission. This ordinance would have made it a misdemeanor to “camp” in the public right-of-way, […]

Is a Social Justice Law School Experience Possible?

By Traci Yoder, NLG Director of Education & Research “The first thing I lost in law school was the reason that I came.” –Anonymous law student This quote comes from an essay by Loyola law professor and former National Lawyers Guild President William Quigley in which he describes the difficulties that social justice-oriented students experience […]

BEYOND BARS: Racism and Corruption Plague Connecticut’s Legal System

By Abdul Mukhtaar, NLG Jailhouse Lawyer Suffield, CT In Connecticut we have judges appointed to the bench by what is known as the Judicial Selection Committee. This twelve-person panel is put together by the Governor, the President Pro Tempore, state Senate minority and majority leaders, and the State Representatives’ minority and majority leaders. Of these […]