Public Webinars

The NLG now produces webinars! Public programming will be posted to this page.  We have also launched a series of NLG-specific webinars as organizing resources for members. These are only accessible by current NLG members who log in and go to Members-Only > Member Webinars (another great reason to join the NLG!). Stay tuned for more!

Whose Streets? OUR STREETS: A Very NLG Know Your Rights Training for Activists & Protestors

Check out our Know Your Rights training that is designed to teach activists, community members, legal workers and professionals,  lawyers and law students how to navigate police interactions during protests.

The panelist is Ría Thompson-Washington (she/they/elle). Ría Thompson-Washington is an anti-racist activist, Afro-Latine, nonbinary Queer feminist living on unceded Nacotchtank land known as Washington, DC. They have spent the last twenty years organizing and training Black and Latine people working on various campaigns in the Labor movement to Occupy Wall Street, and more recently, providing legal support to the Movement for Black Lives.

In 2015, Ría joined the National Lawyers Guild as a law student member. As a board member of the DC NLG chapter, Ría is a legal observer, coordinator, and trainer. Currently, they serve on the NLG’s Mass Defense Steering Committee, as senior co-chair of The United People of Color Caucus, and formerly as Executive Vice President of the Guild. In 2021, Ría was awarded Legal Worker of the Year by the National Lawyers Guild for their work training legal observers across the country during the Uprisings of 2020 that erupted after the murder of George Floyd and Hulu made a short documentary about Ría’s work as a legal support organizer and trainer.

Ría founded Rialistic Strategies, a boutique consulting firm that develops creative and strategic campaign plans and provides organizing strategies with training curricula for base-building organizations and their members. Before starting their consulting firm, Ría worked at the Redress Movement (Digital Organizing Director), Center for Popular Democracy (Senior Manager, Voting Rights & Democracy Campaigns), Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Senior National Organizer, Voting Rights Project), and NAACP Legal Defense Fund (Paralegal/Litigation Assistant).

The Ethics of Assisting Incarcerated People With Collective Action

This webinar explores the ethical issues pertaining to an attorney’s role in assisting incarcerated clients with collective action, including striking within prisons. In all fifty states, most concerted activity by prisoners is prohibited by policy, regulation, or statute. Nonviolent collective action is an effective method to promote changes in conditions of this unjust confinement—likely more effective than litigation—and is therefore something that civil rights and criminal defense lawyers should theoretically assist incarcerated clients with. In some cases, affirmatively advising incarcerated people to organize in the first place may also be desirable. The central questions explored in this presentation will be: given that the activity in question is almost certainly unlawful, can an attorney give such advice safely and ethically? If so, how?

CLE credit is available via the Kentucky State Bar for 1 Ethics Credit.

About our speaker:

Daniel J. Canon is a civil rights lawyer, educator, writer, and activist based in the Midwest. He is Director of Externships and Professor of Law at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, where he teaches courses on civil rights and civil procedure. His research is focused primarily on the intersection of the labor movement and the criminal legal system, the role of lawyers in assisting collective action, and lawyer mental health.

He served as lead counsel for the Kentucky plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which brought marriage equality to all fifty states. He was also plaintiffs’ counsel in Miller v. Davis, the highly publicized case in which couples were refused marriage licenses in Rowan County, Kentucky, and counsel for protesters in Nwanguma v. Trump. He has represented plaintiffs in many other high-profile cases involving the rights of incarcerated people, wrongful convictions, and police brutality.

His writing has been featured in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The National Law Journal, Above the Law, Salon, Truthout, and Slate.

His bestselling book entitled PLEADING OUT: How Plea Bargaining Creates a Permanent Criminal Class, is now available.

WEBINAR: South Africa’s Historic Case for Gaza at the Hague: What is Next?

On January 11 and 12, 2024, the International Court of Justice in the Hague is hearing arguments for preliminary measures in the case South Africa has brought against the state of Israel under the Genocide Convention for its ongoing genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza.

The National Lawyers Guild International Committee, International Association of Democratic Lawyers and US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) hosted a webinar for analysis and discussion with Max Boqwana, president of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL) of South Africa, and Huwaida Arraf, Palestinian American civil and human rights attorney. Event facilitated by Suzanne Adely, NLG President.


Understanding the Escalating Repression of the #StopCopCity Movement

Check out our moderated discussion on the legal attacks against the #StopCopCity movement, including the use of domestic terrorism charges, criminalization of legal support, and potential for RICO charges against political activists.

Panelists include movement attorneys and organizers Kamau Franklin, Moira Meltzer-Cohen, and Don Samuel. Panel will be moderated by Atlanta-based journalist Hannah Riley.

Prison Book Bans & Censorship

NLG hosted a conversation about the widespread book banning and censorship happening in many jails, prisons, and detention centers across the United States.

Panelists include Midwest Books to Prisoners volunteers Jacqueline Spreadbury and Jeremy Hammond.

NLG International Committee: 75 years later: the role of the UN & grassroots movements in support of the Palestinian people

This webinar, on May 11, 2023, was organized by the National Lawyers Guild, with speakers: Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories Audrey Bomse, co-chair, NLG Mass Incarceration Committee Dylan Saba, Palestine Legal Moderated by Leigha Gillespie, co-chair, NLG Palestine Subcommittee For more about the NLG International Committee, please visit

NLG Harvard Law: The Terror of Anti-Terrorism Laws

While calls for anti-terrorism legislation and initiatives have been a mainstay in our political discourse for the past 20 years, they have recently surged in response to white supremacist violence.

However, experience has shown that rather than protecting the public, such legislation instead strengthens the State’s ability to police and oppress Muslim communities, communities of color, and individuals who speak out against State and corporate power.

More recently, law enforcement is weaponizing these anti-terrorism laws against community organizers and activists, most notably against 23 people charged with domestic terrorism last month after protesting the proposed “Cop City” police training facility in Atlanta.

This panel brings together organizers, lawyers, and activists who are at the front lines of this State suppression for a discussion about the ways the government weaponizes anti-terrorism laws to increase police power and fight protest and social movements.

Movement Lawyering as Relationship: the Evolving Nature of Mass Defense

This panel discusses intersectional movement work and the evolving nature of mass defense to incorporate principles of sovereignty, anti-colonialism, intersectional animal liberation, rights of political prisoners, and diasporic work. An examination concerning the decolonization of mass defense work, and how it can return to its radical roots initially led by Black movements, while conceptually broadening its focus. The conversation is inspired and informed by the NLG’s 2022 statements regarding movement work and seeks to explore what they may look like in practice.

Panelists include Jenipher Jones, Sandy Freeman, Zane McNeill, Natali Segovia, and Nizhoni Begay.

Building a More Equitable Animal Advocacy Movement: Exploring the Intersections of Labor Rights and Animal Advocacy

This panel invites leaders in the food justice and farmworker rights movements to explore the interconnections of human rights, environmental justice, and animal rights. Specifically, these leaders will discuss the importance of advocating for human labor rights as animal advocates, how speciesist logic affects workers in the animal agriculture sector, and ways we can hold companies accountable when they engage in unfair labor practices.

Hosted by the NLG Animal Law Committee and NLG Labor and Employment Committee.

Up Against the Law: A History of the NLG

NLG National Office and the NLG Review host a discussion of the new book Up Against the Law: Radical Lawyers and Social Movements (1960s-1970s) with author Luca Falciola and long-time members of the NLG.

Panelists include: author Luca Falciola, Karen Jo Koonan, Ken Cloke, and Paul Harris.

Labor is Essential for Democracy: Organizing Amazon and Starbucks

Amazon Labor Union and Starbucks Workers United are at the forefront of a new wave of worker organizing efforts. These campaigns are not just challenging corporate greed, but fighting to ensure that worker power can counterbalance right-wing political forces seeking to undermine democracy.

Panelists include: Christian Smalls, Kylah Clay, and moderator Angela Cornell

Know Your Rights for Animal and Environmental Activists

Everyone has basic rights under the United States Constitution and civil rights laws. This training is geared towards animal activists and designed to help you learn more about your rights, how to exercise them, and what to do when your rights are violated.

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A Trauma-Informed, Anti-Racist Approach to Legal Advocacy

Burnout, capacity, vicarious trauma, and structural racism continue to be pressing issues for legal advocates, especially during a pandemic and civil rights uprising. This training is designed to help you rethink your approach to legal advocacy entirely that will result in increased sustainability for you as the advocate, holistic care for the people you serve, and outcomes that disrupt unjust systems. This training will provide a basic introduction to concepts relating to trauma and race, leading up to a four-part model that guides legal advocates to tangibly engage in a trauma-informed, anti-racist approach to legal advocacy. This training is designed to be a very small taste for everything that can be learned, developed, and strengthened to make the work better for ourselves as agents of change and the directly impacted individuals and communities we serve.

Lorilei W. (they/them) is a queer, trans non-binary Korean-American abolitionist, artist, and attorney dedicated to teaching legal advocates on how to engage in trauma-informed and antiracist advocacy in their individual capacities and collectively as movement advocates using an interdisciplinary approach informed by systems theory, design thinking, and management science. They work as an expert trainer, facilitator, and coach for legal services advocates and organizations across the nation.

Shifting the Housing Paradigm for Tenants

During the COVID-19 pandemic, NLG attorneys focusing on housing law issues have necessarily been forced into a defensive posture: Primarily organizing and defending against evictions. However, if we are ever to substantively address the issues of economic and racial disparity, we need a more positive, long-term perspective on how to get housing – particularly multi-unit tenant housing – off the speculative market and into the hands of tenants and their communities.

This webinar is sponsored by the NLG Housing Committee and featured the following presenters:

Saki Bailey: Executive Director, San Francisco Community Land Trust
Rick Eisen: Partner, Eisen and Rome, P.C., Washington, D.C.
Roberto de la Riva: Community organizer and co-founder, Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia/United Renters for Justice, Minneapolis, MN
Moderators: Susan Scott and Reem Subei, NLG Housing Committee

How the Federalist Society’s Philosophies Took Over the Courts… and How Movement Lawyers Can Fight Back

The Federalist Society, which began as a student counter-establishment organization, has become the establishment. With six Justices on the Supreme Court, hundreds of others on the lower federal courts and state appellate courts, and control of the Justice Department and much of the federal bureaucracy when a Republican is president, their influence on law and public policy is paramount.

This webinar asks: How did they get there? What are the details of their agenda? How do they fund it? How are they organized? What can the left learn from them?

Speaker: Michael Avery is a former president of the National Lawyers Guild and one of the founders of the National Police Accountability Project. He is the co-author, with Danielle McLaughlin, of The Federalist Society: How Conservatives Took the Law Back from Liberals

Moderator: Rachel Pickens, Executive Director, National Police Accountability Project

Co-Sponsored by the National Police Accountability Project of the NLG, and the NLG Review.

#DisO2020: Staying Radical in Law School

While many people are drawn to law school initially to further social justice, law students encounter intense pressure to choose careers that have little potential to serve these ideals. The combination of student debt, the culture and pedagogy of legal education, and the discouragement of political analyses in law school undermine student goals of becoming movement lawyers. This webinar will feature NLG members who explore the practices and culture of law school to help new (and current) law students navigate a path that allows them to stay radical throughout the course of their legal education and beyond!

This webinar was presented as part of #DisO2020. At the beginning of each academic year, many NLG student chapters organize “DisOrientation” events to introduce the wider student body to the NLG and “people’s lawyering” in general. For more info on DisOrientation, visit and be sure to check out resources for NLG law students including the NLG’s Disorientation Manual, Radical Law Student Manual, and list of NLG law school chapters.


  • Luna Martinez (she/her) [Moderator]: NLG National Student Vice President
  • Pooja Gehi (she/her): NLG Executive Director. Pooja graduated from American University’s Washington College, where she chaired her law school’s NLG chapter.
  • Ray Rojas (he/him): Attorney in private practice and NLG Texoma Regional Vice-President.
  • Natsu Saito (she/her): Law professor, activist, author of Settler Colonialism, Race and the Law: Why Structural Racism Persists

Federal Repression of Activists & Their Lawyers: Legal & Ethical Strategies to Defend Our Movements

This program involves a discussion of current and historical federal harassment of both activists and lawyers working for social change; the unmet needs of both activists and lawyers in many parts of the US and how legal workers can bridge the gaps; and both ethical and practical advice on shielding your clients and yourself from state repression, including how to advise and litigate on behalf of clients to challenge the legitimacy of grand jury subpoenas.


  • Marques Banks: attorney, founder of Black Movement Law Project, addresses the criminalization of poverty
  • Moira Meltzer-Cohen: movement attorney and legal educator concerned with advocacy for incarcerated trans persons and political prisoners
  • Lamis Deek: human rights attorney, advocate and strategist focusing on Palestinian rights
  • Soffiyah Elijah: advocate, attorney, scholar, educator, and Executive Director of the Alliance of Families for Justice
  • Marty Stolar (Moderator): civil rights attorney, grand jury litigator, and subject of grand jury subpoena case In re Stolar
  • Katie Yow: legal worker, social worker, anti-repression educator working with criminalized people in the American South

Fighting for the Release of Detained Immigrants During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The detention of immigrants who are in removal proceedings, fighting to remain in the US with their families, or seeking a safe haven from government repression, gang violence or domestic abuse in their home countries, is unjust to begin with. The COVID-19 pandemic has added to that injustice by forcing these same immigrants, many with underlying health problems, to remain in crowded conditions that do not allow for social distancing and expose them to a deadly virus.

This webinar provides both new and experienced advocates with tools and strategies for seeking the release of detained immigrants, from bond and humanitarian parole to habeas proceedings in Federal Court, and review the class action litigation that has been filed to secure the release of thousands from detention facilities. An organizer with a faith rooted program that fights for social justice then discusses the work that activists are engaged in to both help secure the release of detained individuals and provide them with support once they are released from custody.

  1. Bond, Parole, and Humanitarian Parole
  2. Habeas Corpus Claims
  3. Class Action Case: Hernandez Roman
  4. Class Action Case: Fraihat
  5. Release and Post-Release Activism for Lawyers

Imaginary Agitators: Trump’s labeling of antifa as a domestic terror organization | 6/10/20

Join the NLG and its NYC chapter for a panel discussion on the Trump Administration’s designation of “antifa” as a terrorist organization. Amidst the popular uprisings demanding accountability in the murder of George Floyd and radical approaches to end police brutality, the Administration and its allies have attempted to direct attention away from popular unrest and towards an imagined enemy.

Learn about the history of antifascism, how the government abuses terrorism designations, and how this campaign against antifa affects protesters, activists, and movements for racial justice and liberation.


Moderated by: Abi Hassen, Co-Founder of Black Movement – Law Project

Related: NLG Statement on the President’s Unlawful Declaration of Antifa as a Domestic Terrorist Organization

Fighting for Housing Justice: COVID-19 and the Urgent Struggle for Homes for All | 5/14/20

From rent strikes to the occupation of vacant homes, from encampments self-organizing to provide mutual aid to growing demands to cancel rent and decommodify housing, movements for housing justice are rapidly expanding in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Hear from organizers at the forefront of radical housing movements of tenants and the unhoused, and the movement lawyers supporting the call for housing justice.

Sponsored by the NLG Housing and Homelessness Committee


Related: 4/1/20: Statement from the NLG Housing and Homelessness Committee on COVID-19.

Decriminalizing Sex Work: What, Why, and How to Get Involved | 6/25/19

At last year’s #Law4thePeople Convention, NLG members voted to pass a resolution condemning the anti-sex worker legislation SESTA/FOSTA. During the process, we learned that many NLG members had questions about sex worker rights and impending legislation. Now that New York and Washington, DC have introduced legislation to decriminalize sex work, it’s crucial that NLG members across the country have a basic understanding of the issue and learn how to get involved. This webinar includes a primer on the sex trade, explanation of the current and proposed policies that impact sex workers, and the NLG’s current and potential positions on these policies.

This webinar is brought to you by the Sex Worker Rights Working Group of the NLG Queer Caucus, which is led by NLG members who are current and former sex workers. While it’s targeted towards NLG members, this webinar is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn more about sex worker rights!


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Funding Attacks on Dissent: The Millionaires and Billionaires Behind Anti-Protest Legislation in the States | 4/18/19

Over the last few years, over 90 bills have been introduced in 35 state capitals which place limits on the right to protest. State lawmakers, many of whom have ties to the corporate bill mill know as the American Legislative Exchange Council, have pushed these bills in response to protests on university campuses, pipeline routes, and city streets. The coordinated attack on dissent is a well-funded one. This webinar will explore the individuals, corporations, and foundations funding the attack on protest with a focus on the billions behind the so-called Campus Free Speech bills designed to chill campus protests and the Anti-Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions bills passed to prevent economic protests of Israel for its ongoing oppression of Palestinians.

• David Armiak (moderator and speaker): Researcher and Writer for the Center for Media and Democracy
• Ralph Wilson: Cofounder of the Corporate Genome Project
• Max Geller: Organizer with the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Implementing Abolition: How to Create Just & Lasting Decarceration | 4/9/19

While prison populations have declined in recent years, they remain enormous, and immigration detention has ballooned. Also, in many areas where prison populations have decreased the most, racial disparities have worsened. Webinar faculty talk about how to seize opportunities to close facilities in ways that don’t lead to new ones opening, eliminate criminal laws in ways that don’t just help the privileged, and get people out in ways that don’t demonize those still inside. Together, we  share strategies for accelerating decarceration and building just and lasting change.


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Spying Dissent: The Surveillance of Activists in the Digital Age | 3/28/19

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Activists have long been surveilled by the government, most famously through the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) in the 1960s which targeted civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael and Ella Baker. That legacy continues today as the rise of movements from #BlackLivesMatter to #NoDAPL has been met with increased surveillance by law enforcement. And in the digital age, technology is helping police spy at an unprecedented scale.

Speakers: April Goggans (Black Lives Matter DC Chapter), Michelle Vendiola (Indigenous Climate Change activist), Nusrat Choudhury (ACLU’s Racial Justice Program) and Rachel Levinson-Waldman (Brennan Center for Justice). Justin Hansford (Howard University Law School Thurgood Marshall Center) facilitates the conversation.

This event is co-hosted by the Center for Media Justice, Defending Rights & Dissent, National Lawyers Guild, Protect the Protest, and the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University School of Law.


Fossil Fuel Pipeline Fights: Understanding Critical Infrastructure Bills | 9/27/18

Join the nation’s only coalition dedicated to fighting back against anti-protest legislation as we hear about one of the most important battles of our time, fossil fuel pipelines. How are states criminalizing the Indigenous-led fight against these projects made famous by the resistance at Standing Rock? How are communities responding to these bills and laws? And who is behind them? The second of our Protect Dissent Network webinar series will focus on Critical Infrastructure Bills, their political implications, the interest groups behind them, and how to stop them from becoming laws!

Since the end of 2016, nearly 60 bills have been proposed in state legislatures that limit the right to protest or remove liability for harm caused to protesters. This wave of anti-protest legislation comes on the heels of a wave of major protests by social movements for labor rights, women’s rights, gun control, racial justice, indigenous rights, government accountability, and environmental protections, to name a few. Lawmakers, in conjunction with certain think tanks, corporations, and law enforcement agencies, have proposed legislation designed to increase penalties for individual protesters, and the organizations that support them.

Moderator: Maggie Ellinger-Locke, Staff Attorney, Greenpeace USA

Panelists: Mark Tilsen, Poet and Educator; Connor Gibson, Research Specialist, Greenpeace USA; Marla Marcum, Director, Climate Disobedience Center

Cosponsors: Greenpeace USA, National Lawyers Guild, Defending Rights and Dissent, Climate Disobedience Center, Piper Action Fund, PEN America, Center for Constitutional Rights, UnKoch My Campus

Global Repression of Dissent: Palestine, Puerto Rico & the Philippines | 8/3/18

As colonialist regimes gain power across the globe, we have seen more people speaking out against white supremacist and fascist rhetoric and policies as well as an increased attack on dissent, particularly on human rights defenders from economically poor communities of color. Movements to challenge and defeat racism, colonialism, state violence, and corporate-state collusion have been met with an intentional, organized, and militarized response. Challenges to state-corporate power and the rise of disaster capitalism inspires widespread organizing to challenge mega-infrastructure projects like fossil fuels in Puerto Rico, the expansion of the prison and detention industrial complex in rural and poor communities, the targeting of Muslim and anti-war activists in the Philippines, and the building of border walls in Palestine and on the Mexico-U.S. border. The continuous threat of state, corporate and military violence tying together these colonial and neo-colonial projects is targeting those who speak out against it through enhanced surveillance, hate speech, and police terror.

As an organization of people’s lawyers working to protect our movements and its activists in the era of Trump, how can we expose the organized interests behind this repression? What are lawyers doing to help align movements to be anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist and anti-racist? What does resistance to this repression look like in your community?

Speakers include NLG International Committee members:

  • Suzanne Adely, Co-Chair, NLG International Committee and Member, NLG Palestine Subcommittee
  • Audrey Bomse, human rights attorney and Chair, NLG Palestine Subcommittee
  • Jackelyn Mariano, Co-Chair, NLG International Committee and Member, NLG Philippines Subcommittee
  • Mariana Nogales Molinelli, human rights attorney and Member, NLG Puerto Rico Subcommittee

Slideshow by Jackelyn Mariano – The Philippines: The People’s Resistance to a Creeping Fascist Dictatorship


Whose Speech? A Post-Charlottesville Discussion | 3/28/18

In the wake of the deadly white supremacy march in Charlottesville last summer, social justice advocates face troubling questions about the meaning of free speech. Legal scholars and activists with Law for Black Lives DC and the National Lawyers Guild hosted a panel at Georgetown Law (with support of the NLG Georgetown Chapter) examining the history of power dynamics around First Amendment jurisprudence and consider questions such as:

  • How do groups on the ground engaged in social justice struggles experience the freedoms of speech and assembly?
  • Whose speech is prioritized under the law?What lessons can advocates
  • draw in a time of increasing polarization?


Moderator: Maggie Ellinger-Locke, Executive Vice President, National Lawyers Guild

Sponsored by Law for Black Lives DC and the National Lawyers Guild, with assistance from the Georgetown NLG Chapter.

Since the end of 2016, nearly 60 bills have been proposed in state legislatures which limit the right to protest or remove liability for harm caused to protesters. This wave of anti-protest legislation comes in the aftermath of the success of recent social movements for labor rights, racial justice, and environmental protections. Lawmakers, in conjunction with certain think tanks, corporations, and law enforcement agencies, have proposed legislation designed to increase penalties for individual protesters and the organizations that support them.

Please join us to learn more about the contents of these bills, their political implications, the interest groups behind them, and how to stop them from becoming laws! A panel of civil liberties experts will give an overview of all these bills, focusing in particular on so-called “Critical Infrastructure” and “Campus Free Speech” legislation. Strategies and resources for challenging these bills will be provided.

  • Maggie Ellinger-Locke is Staff Attorney with Greenpeace USA.
  • Chip Gibbons is Policy & Legislative Counsel for Defending Rights & Dissent, as well as a journalist whose work has been featured in The Nation and Jacobin.
  • Elly Page is a Legal Adviser with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, specializing in the freedoms of peaceful assembly and association, and founder of ICNL’s US Protest Law Tracker.
  • Nick Robinson is a Legal Adviser for U.S. Programs with the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.
  • Traci Yoder is the Director of Research and Education with the National Lawyers Guild.

Bail Funds & Community-Based Strategies | 3/9/18

Bail and bond funds can be an important tool towards dismantling the prison industrial complex and ending mass incarceration. However, as many new funds emerge in response to the rampant policing of protests and uprisings, this is an important moment to share lessons learned on the ground. Lawyers and legal workers sometimes create the funds without establishing a direct, accountable, intentional connection to the communities in which they exist causing a disconnect in strategy and desired outcome.

This webinar features volunteers from bail fund groups in Baton Rouge, Standing Rock (the Freshet Collective) and the Chicago Community Bail Fund to explore some of these tensions while uplifting some concrete victories. Law for Black Lives, the National Lawyers Guild and the National Bail Fund Network will offer a framework in which bail and bond funds are connected to community-based organizations with a focus on racial justice and eventual prison abolition. Southerners on New Ground will discuss their recent National Mama’s Day Bailout Action and how we can move forward together.

NOTE: Further resources on community-based bond/bail/legal defense funds compiled by the panelists are available at

Mapping the Right: Reflections and Resistance | 7/28/17

This two-hour webinar features movement leaders and organizers on the ground as they examine the rise of the conservative right and the failure of neo-liberalism, the impact of Trump trans-nationally, emerging global trends and alliances, and specific case studies of opportunities and threats, existing organizing infrastructures, paths of resistance and support for new economies in the south and rural U.S. Speakers brainstorm with each other and the audience to strategize around the critical role of the legal community in this political moment.

Speakers: Trishala Deb leads Thousand Currents’ programs in Asia; Stephanie Guilloud is the Co-Director of Project South; Suzanne Pharr is an organizer with the National Council of Elders; and Tarso Ramos is the executive director of Political Research Associates.

Decriminalizing Our Reproductive Lives: How Lawyers Can Promote Reproductive Justice and Serve Our Communities | 5/26/17

Presented by the National Lawyers GuildIf/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice and the Self-Induced Abortion (SIA) Legal Team.

Criminalization affects our reproductive lives. From punishment of pregnancy outcomes, to coerced sterilization of incarcerated people, to destruction of families through mass incarceration, communities who are marginalized and targeted for criminalization in the United States face challenges that are complex and often overlooked in discourse around reproductive freedom. The Reproductive Justice framework acknowledges that decisions that people make about their pregnancies and their families may be affected by the law in ways that go beyond the legal rights to contraception and abortion.

But the complexities of the challenges provide opportunities for creative lawyering in service of community needs. The panel will explore the intersection of criminalization and reproduction, and how the principles of community lawyering can help advance reproductive justice. The panel will focus this inquiry using the example of self-induced abortion, an issue that has become more pressing as legislatures are emboldened to restrict access to clinic-based abortion. Abortion is a constitutionally protected right, and yet people have faced arrest, prosecution, and punishment for ending their own pregnancies. By discussing key laws and cases, panelists will identify obstacles and lay out a vision for law and policy strategies, and provide examples of lawyering that attempts to maintain accountability to community needs.