Press release

Delegation to Visit Tunisia to Investigate Human Rights Abuses and Impact of Interventionism

March 10, 2011

A group of lawyers and academics from the U.S., UK and Turkey will be visiting Tunisia at the invitation of the Tunisian National Bar Association from March 12 to 19 2011 to investigate human rights abuses committed during the Ben Ali regime and U.S. and European complicity in these abuses and to offer support to organizations on the ground who are working toward a progressive alternative to the ousted government.

National Lawyers Guild Rejects Scapegoating in Hearings Targeting Muslims

March 9, 2011

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) joins civil and human rights organizations across the country in denouncing the “radicalization” hearings Representative Peter King (R-NY) that began on March 10, 2010 in Washington D.C.

National Lawyers Guild Calls for End of 21-Year Solitary Confinement of Pennsylvania Inmate Russell Maroon Shoatz

January 2, 2011

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) called on Superintendent Louis S. Folino to support the Program Review Board’s recommendation to release Russell Maroon Shoatz into general population at SCI Greene in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

National Lawyers Guild Calls for End to International Pressure to Disable Wikileaks

December 15, 2010

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) calls for an immediate end to U.S. and foreign governments’ efforts to disable WikiLeaks by applying technological, financial, and legal pressures, including threatened arrest of editor Julian Assange under espionage or related charges.

National Lawyers Guild Files Amicus Brief in Kevin Kjonaas et al. v. United States of America

November 22, 2010

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) today filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the case of “the SHAC 7” – Kevin Kjonaas, Lauren Gazzola, Jacob Conroy, Joshua Harper, Andrew Stepanian, and Darius Fullmer v. United States of America, on petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.

National Lawyers Guild Hotline and “Know Your Rights” Materials Available for Activists Targeted by the FBI

September 27, 2010

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and its Mass Defense Committee provides legal defense and educational resources to activists, including those subjected to the September 24 raids and grand jury subpoenas in Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois. The Guild denounces the attacks on free speech, freedom of association, and the right to dissent that these actions represent.

National Lawyers Guild Issues New Report on Policing of Protests

September 23, 2010

The National Lawyers Guild has released its third comprehensive report on government violations of First Amendment rights on the one-year anniversary of the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh. “The Policing of Political Speech” documents how police over-reaction to protected speech has informed unlawful police tactics at National Special Security Events, such as the 2008 Republican National Convention and the 2009 G-20 Summit.

NLG Legal Observers® targeted by police in Arizona

July 28, 2010

Roxana Orell, a lawyer and executive officer with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), was arrested today in Phoenix while acting as an NLG Legal Observer®.

Groups Sue Virginia Prisons for Unconstitutional Banning of Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook

July 20, 2010

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) today filed a lawsuit in the Western District of Virginia challenging the Virginia Department of Corrections' (VDOC) decision to ban their joint publication, the Jailhouse Lawyer's Handbook (JLH), from all Virginia prisons.

Peter Erlinder Released on Medical Bail; Rally Canceled

June 16, 2010

The National Lawyers Guild has been heartened to learn of the decision to grant our colleague and former president, Peter Erlinder, his “unconditional release” on medical grounds. He could be returning home as early as tomorrow to be reunited with his family. Under the circumstances, the rally originally scheduled for Friday, June 18 outside the United Nations has been canceled.