President’s Column: On Collective Resistance

 “Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn come before changes in society. Nothing happens in the ‘real’ world unless it first happens in the images in our heads.” —Gloria Anzaldúa If one thing has become clear under this government that has laid bare its white supremacist and patriarchal beliefs, it’s […]

Announcing NLG Foundation Guild Grants Recipients

By Daniel McGee, NLGF Managing Director The NLG Foundation (NLGF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Guild Grants Program. A total of $25,000 was awarded to fourteen grantees to promote membership in the NLG, strengthen programmatic work, and enhance coordination among Guild chapters, committees, and the National Office. Recipients were awarded small […]

NLG Weinglass Fellow Fights Construction of Toxic Kentucky Prison

By Emily Posner, NLG Weinglass Fellow Over the past two years, the Letcher Governance Project (LGP), Coalition to Fight Toxic Prisons (CFTC) and Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) have worked in collaboration to stop the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) proposal to build a new penitentiary on top of a former mountain top removal site used for […]

Meet the 2018 Haywood Burns Fellows

The NLG National Office is pleased to introduce our 2018 Haywood Burns Fellowship recipients! Now in its 45th year, the Fellowship sponsors law students and legal workers spending the summer working for public interest organizations nationwide to build their legal skills and strengthen their long-term commitment to social justice. Tyler Crawford is a Stein Public […]

Apply for 2018 NLG Leonard I. Weinglass Memorial Fellowship

Leonard I. Weinglass (1933-2011) was a criminal defense attorney and constitutional law advocate. Over the course of his career, he represented political activists, government opponents, and criminal defendants— including Angela Davis, the Cuban Five, the Chicago Seven, the Pentagon Papers, and the death row appeals of Mumia Abu-Jamal—in a half century of politically significant cases. He was […]

Struggles of Using Legal Recourse for Better Prison Conditions

This is an adaptation of an article originally published on the NLG Blog, Struggles of Using Legal Recourse as a Path Toward Better Prison Conditions. Read the original and other blog pieces at By Lisa Drapkin, NLG Membership Director It seems there could never be enough legal support to help the millions of prisoners […]

NLG Buffalo Demands Answers from County Sheriff Misclassifying Inmate Suicides

By Dominick Roa ’19 & Suzanne Starr ‘19, NLG Buffalo SUNY Buffalo Law Civil Liberties and Transparency Clinic In February of this year, the New York State Commission on Correction named Erie County’s two jails among the five “worst offenders” in the State when it comes to inmate mental health treatment, suicide prevention, and excessive […]

Meet the Newest NLG Staff!

Kimmie David – Office Manager, NLG National Office (with assistant, Augustus Floof!) Kimmie David began her professional career as a collective member and co-owner at Bluestockings, a radical, feminist bookstore and event space in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She has since made magic out of thin air (and a lot of coffee) at […]