NLG President Responds to Trump’s Pardon of Joe Arpaio

On Friday, President Donald Trump pardoned former Arizona Sheriff and notorious racist Joe Arpaio’s conviction of criminal contempt of court. The former Sheriff is known for his blatant racial profiling of Latinx residents, torture of pre-trial detainees, and emphatic support of Trump. NLG President Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan stated: “Trump’s decision to grant a presidential […]

WEBINAR: Mapping the Right: Reflections and Resistance

  A Conversation with: Trishala Deb, Stefanie Guilloud, Suzanne Pharr and Tarso Ramos Are you wondering how the United States got to its current political landscape?  Struggling to apply your skills, as a legal professional, to best resist the Trump regime in the most accountable way?  Feeling frustrated by lack of cohesion and momentum in progressive […]

Rights Groups File FOIA to Uncover Details About Police Use of Force, Infiltration of Inauguration Protests

FOIA filing comes as D.C. Council moves to investigate police misconduct on January 20 DC National Lawyers Guild (DC NLG) and Defending Rights and Dissent, two groups who defend the right to protest, are demanding answers about the Metropolitan Police Department’s conduct during anti-Trump inauguration protests. Earlier today, the two groups filed a Freedom of […]

NLG Cuba Subcommittee Pledges to Provide Legal Assistance to US Travelers to Cuba, In Support of their Right to Travel

In light of President Trump’s Miami announcement today, seeking to further curtail the right of U.S. residents and citizens to travel to Cuba, the Cuba Subcommittee of the National Lawyers Guild reiterates its longstanding support for the right to travel, and pledges to continue to provide legal assistance to U.S. travelers to Cuba. The NLG […]

NLG Denounces Politically Motivated Superseding Indictment in DC Inauguration Felony Cases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2, 2017 Contact: Jude Ortiz, NLG Mass Defense Committee Chair 612-466-0770 | jude.ortiz@riseup.net NEW YORK—The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) decries US Attorney Channing Phillips’ recently filed superseding indictment against hundreds of people indiscriminately rounded up and arrested on President Trump’s inauguration date, January 20. After the Washington, DC police “kettled” protesters, […]

Legal Observers’ testimony opposing confirmation of Peter Newsham as DC Police Chief

Three individuals who were arrested while serving as NLG Legal Observers during the #J20 protests on Inauguration Day submitted this testimony to the DC City Council in opposition to Peter Newsham (currently Interim Police Chief) being confirmed as the permanent Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief of Police, citing: “His disrespect for First Amendment rights as […]

Mass Incarceration in the Trump Era

By Pooja Gehi, NLG Executive Director In 2015, the National Lawyers Guild adopted a resolution calling for the dismantling and abolition of all prisons. As an organization, we recognized mass incarceration in all of its iterations—policing, violence, incarceration, forced labor, privatization and capitalism—as a crisis that we must resist in all of our work. Sharlyn Grace, then […]

New Anti-Protesting Legislation: A Deeper Look

By Traci Yoder, NLG Director of Research and Education In recent weeks, multiple articles have pointed to the wave of new anti-protesting bills introduced in state legislatures since the end of 2016. The Intercept, Washington Post, AlterNet, Democracy Now!, and other news outlets have provided overviews of the types of bills under consideration, the potential […]

25 Legal Organizations to Hold #LawStrikesBack Actions at Courthouses Nationwide During F17 General Strike

UPDATE: See this announcement for #LawStrikesBack press coverage and an updated list of all 40 co-sponsoring organizations and events that took place in 17 cities! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 13, 2017 Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director 212-679-5100, ext. 15 | communications@nlg.org NEW YORK—The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is organizing a day of action for […]

Legal Community Strikes Back on #F17!

UPDATE: See below for press coverage of #LawStrikesBack! Join the event on Facebook! bit.ly/LawStrikesBack At 1 PM (ET) on Friday, Feb. 17 (#F17), #LawStrikesBack! Lawyers, legal workers, law students, paralegals, court interpreters, investigators, social service advocates, and others who work in the courts will gather in front of courthouses across the country in coordination with […]