President’s Column: NLG Celebrates 80 Years of Challenging Empire

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different […]

We Don’t Need Better, More Accountable Policing. We Need De-Policing

By Audrey Bomse, NLG South Florida Chapter A North Miami cop was just charged in the shooting of Charles Kinsey, an unarmed therapist who was trying to coax his severely autistic patient back home. Cell phone video captured Kinsey, lying on his back, on the ground, arms raised, pleading with the cops not to shoot. […]

Gearing Up for #Law4thePeople 2017!

We’re gearing up for the 2017 #Law4thePeople Convention! See below and at for all info. Early bird registration rates end June 30, so sign up today! Download the PDF file .

Congratulations to our Guild Grads!

NLG law students represent the next generation of law for the people. At the close of the 2017 Spring semester, we’re thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of so many NLG students across the country! Congratulations, Guild grads—and keep up the great work! (See a list of 100+ NLG law school chapters nationwide.) Download the PDF […]

NLG Endorses Millions for Prisoners March on Washington

On August 19, 2017, thousands will gather in Washington D.C. in solidarity with those behind bars. The Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March will move forward with this mission statement: “We seek to unite activists, advocates, prisoners, ex-prisoners, their family and friends, as well as all others committed to the fight to drastically reduce or […]

Remembering People’s Lawyer Lynne Stewart

By David Gespass, NLG Past President The National Lawyers Guild joins with all those in the country fighting for a better and more just society in mourning the loss of Lynne Stewart, who passed away March 7. We are proud and honored by her membership in the Guild and were proud to have stood by […]

Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera Returns Home after 35+ Years

By the Puerto Rico Subcommittee of the NLG International Committee On May 17, after almost 36 years in U.S. custody for his commitment to the independence and self-determination of Puerto Rico, Oscar López Rivera walked in to the waiting arms of the Puerto Rican people. Greeted with an early morning serenade by the chorus of […]

Charles Hey Maestre: ¡Presente!

Extraordinary tributes were held at San Juan’s Colegio de Abogados (the Puerto Rico Bar Association) in February and at NYU School of Law in April, in honor of Charles Hey Maestre, a leading independentista lawyer and NLG leader. Charlie died in February of cancer. As a staff attorney and administrator of the Instituto Puerto Riqueno […]

Candidate Statement for NLG President: Elena Cohen

No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution-Revolution is but thought carried into action. Every effort for progress, for enlightenment, for science, for religious, political, and economic liberty, emanates from the minority, and not from the mass. – Emma Goldman It is with deep admiration, enthusiasm, and sense of responsibility that […]