President’s Column (Fall/Winter 2019)

by Elena Cohen, NLG President As the decade comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments, challenges, and ongoing work. In times of deepening crisis, uncertainty, and wide-scale injustice, the Guild and its members have consistently mounted resistance through its vibrant network of those who value human […]

In Memory of Chas Ransom

by Luna Garzón-Montano, 2019 Haywood Burns Fellow The Parole Preparation Project (PPP) of the NLG-NYC Chapter was co-founded by now Executive Director Michelle Lewin and Nora Carroll in 2013. Parole Prep works with incarcerated people who are eligible for parole. In New York State, when someone is eligible for parole, they appear before the Board […]

NLG Students Produce Report on Massachusetts Campus Police

by Chase Childress, Christine Farolan (NUSL NLG), and Alex Stein (NLG Chicago) Ahead of the annual NLG Week Against Mass Incarceration, NLG members from Northeastern Law and Chicago NLG have produced a report on private campus police forces using the Northeastern University Police Department as a case study. We encourage all NLG student chapters to […]

Law Students Against ICE Takes on Westlaw & LexisNexis Data Contracts

by Anna Nathanson, Harvard NLG Westlaw and LexisNexis are ubiquitous across the legal field as the foremost legal research services. But at law schools across the country, students are drawing attention to these companies’ role in the United States’ violently racist immigration system. Westlaw’s parent company Thomson Reuters, and LexisNexis’s parent company RELX, both have […]

NLG Students Stand Up for Reproductive Justice

by David Gespass, NLG Past President In 2019, a wave of anti-choice bills swept through state legislatures as anti-abortion politicians moved to restrict access to abortion across the country. After passing an organizational resolution opposing the criminalization of people’s reproductive lives in 2019, Guild members have organized to write and submit amicus briefs in states […]

NEW: Know Your Rights Handbook in Farsi/Persian

The NLG handbook, “You Have the Right to Remain Silent: A Know Your Rights Guide for Law Enforcement Encounters” is now available in Farsi (Persian)! A HUGE thank you to the Iranian American Bar Association – New York Chapter for this translation!Visit their website at In addition to Farsi/Persian, our KYR handbooks are available […]

In Memoriam: Bob Wollheim (1948-2019)

by Steven Goldberg and Larry Kleinman, NLG-Portland Our friend, comrade, and long-time Portland Guild Member Bob Wollheim died on September 21, 2019. He’s survived by his three sons, a wonderful grandson, countless friends and colleagues, and a legacy of doing amazing work. Bob grew up on the south side of Chicago and came to Oregon […]

A Message from Past NLG President, David Gespass

Dear NLG Family, The National Lawyers Guild has been the center of what we laughingly refer to as my professional life since my senior year in law school nearly 50 years ago. Even though that relationship has not always been smooth, mainly because I was such an asshole when I was younger, I have remained […]

Announcing the NLG Foundation Guild Grants Recipients!

by Daniel McGee, NLG Foundation Managing Director The NLG Foundation (NLGF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Guild Grants! Now in its fifth year, the Guild Grants Program continues to support NLG chapters, committees and projects by providing small grants up to $5,000 each. These grants help build the Guild by funding […]