“Know Your Rights!” Training Requests

The Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild is proud to offer free “Know Your Rights!” trainings to activists, civic organizations, and educational organizations in the Puget Sound region.

Why “Know Your Rights”?

The rights created under the United States Constitution apply to every person in the United States. Everyone can benefit from learning to assert and protect their civil rights. However, there is a particular need for people engaged in political advocacy or social justice movements to learn and apply these skills.

Knowing your rights minimizes the likelihood of unwanted entanglement in the legal system and positions you for the best possible outcome if a legal issue does arise. Unwanted legal issues are draining of time, resources, and the energy of organizations engaged in political advocacy knowing your rights is a tool to protect yourself and your community.

There is a pressing need for communities threatened by over-policing and discrimination in the legal system to learn and apply these skills. When disproportionate policing targets communities of color, homeless youth, LGBTQ+ communities, and poor and working class people, the results of even minor offenses can disadvantage individuals for a lifetime and negatively affect entire communities. Knowing your rights is a tool to protect yourself and your community.

Our Trainings

The National Lawyers Guild’s Know Your Rights trainings teach people how to protect their federally-granted constitutional rights during encounters with law enforcement officers. Training sessions are typically around one hour.

Topics include:
• what to do if law enforcement want to question you or search you;
• what rights do you have during different stages of interaction with law enforcement;
• whether it is legal to film law enforcement in Washington; and
• what to do if you have a negative experience with a law enforcement officer.

These trainings are presented by experienced attorneys to help people assert their federally-granted civil rights and interact with law enforcement with confidence. Although the trainings pertain to common legal issues, the trainings are not intended as legal advice and do not establish an attorney-client relationship.

The National Lawyers Guild

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is the nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association and was the first bar association in the United States of America to be racially integrated. Our mission is to use law for the people, uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights over property interests. Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ+ people, farmers, people with disabilities, and people of color; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people.

Request a Training

If you would like to request a know-your-rights training, please email: nationallawyersguildseattle@gmail.com.

You may also visit our Chapter’s website for more information: www.nlg.org/seattle.