Building on 80 Years of Radical Lawyering in the Age of Trump

By Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, NLG President Eighty years from now, when future generations look back at the Trump candidacy and presidency and reflect on how institutions responded to the spread of neo-fascism and the attack on fundamental rights, I am confident that the Guild will stand out as a clear example of what social […]

Our 100 Human Rights: How We Can Exercise Them and Get Them Enforced

By Ann Fagan Ginger, NLG member since 1946 After being asked by several Bay Area law schools, colleges, and NGOs to present summaries of current U.S. human rights law, I decided to prepare a book describing all of the human rights of everyone in the U.S. today. Several NLG members have helped me. Publication date: […]

Water Is Life: Wayne State NLG Supports the Standing Rock Water Protectors

By Henry Schneider, WSU NLG Facilitator Beginning in October 2016, the Wayne State University Chapter of the NLG began collecting donations for the Sacred Stone Camp and the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC). In January 2017, the WSU NLG organized a panel that would (1) orient the audience to the legal claims the Standing Rock […]

Announcing the 2016 NLG Foundation Guild Grants Recipients

By Daniel McGee, NLG Foundation Managing Director The National Lawyers Guild Foundation (NLGF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Guild Grants Program. A total of $25,000 was awarded to seven grantees to support the educational and social justice goals of the Foundation, promote membership in the NLG, and strengthen programmatic work between […]

In Loving Memory of Brother and Comrade, M. Jon “Jonny” Posner

By John Royal, NLG Detroit/Michigan Chapter President On January 11, 2017, we lost a longtime member of the NLG Detroit/Michigan Chapter and prominent local criminal defense attorney, M. Jon (“Jonny”) Posner. Jonny fought heroically against his illness to the very end, just as he did in life for his clients and social justice activists. Jonny […]

Diane “Cookie” Polan: An Extraordinary Life

By Anne M. Hamilton Reprinted with permission of The Hartford Courant [original piece available here] Cookie Polan’s political sensibilities became apparent in high school when she refused to stand for the National Anthem at a Jets game. Her sense of right and wrong shaped her career as a courageous, committed, outspoken criminal defense lawyer.  “She […]

Law and Disorder: Increasingly Relevant

By Heidi Boghosian, former NLG Executive Director and Michael Steven Smith, NLG-NYC NLG members across the country can now be heard on Law and Disorder Radio on the Internet and broadcast on 100 stations across the country. The 60-minute civil liberties program was launched in New York City and Pacifica’s WBAI in 2004 by Heidi Boghosian, […]

NLG Delegation to Mexico Highlights US-Supported Human Rights Atrocities

By Stephanie Bello, 2016 Delegation Member Two days after the 2016 election, 10 lawyers and human rights advocates from the NLG traveled to Mexico on a human rights delegation to follow up on the 2014 Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal and the 2015 International Tribunal of Conscience on the Human Rights Crisis in Mexico. From November 10-20, […]

“A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant” Empowers Activists Targeted by Legal System

By Jude Ortiz, Tilted Scales Collective member and NLG Mass Defense Committee Chair As the NLG community knows all too well, the legal system often uses criminal charges and incarceration to quell dissent and undermine social movements. The new book, A Tilted Guide to Being a Defendant aims to educate and empower activists ensnared in […]

Introducing the 2017 Haywood Burns Fellows!

The NLG National Office is thrilled to announce our 2017 Haywood Burns Fellows! Steven DeCaprio is a Bay Area legal worker who is an expert in occupying, improving, and re-purposing abandoned properties. He is founder of Land Action, co-founder of the Association of Legal Apprentices, and principal author of the Emergency Tenant Protection Ordinance. Steven […]