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NLG Provides Critical Support for Demonstrators in Ferguson, Condemns State of Emergency

August 11, 2015

Police violently cracked down on activists yesterday after imposing a State of Emergency in St. Louis County in an effort to stifle protest commemorating the murder of Michael Brown one year ago. More than 150 people were arrested in multiple demonstrations across the St. Louis area, including at least nine Legal Observers with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG).

A New Legal Precedent May Have Been Set During the Trial of New York Climate Change Activists

March 6, 2015

Ten climate change activists, who pled not guilty to disorderly conduct charges, were found innocent in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday, but not for reasons they had originally sought. Nonetheless, they believe they helped set a powerful legal precedent for the climate movement.

The NLG Needs YOUR Help in Ferguson!

Legal Observers #FergusonOctober Mike Brown Effigy by Curtis McGuire

The people of Ferguson, MO and all of us interested in social justice are anxiously anticipating a grand jury decision on whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. The NLG calls on all lawyers, legal workers, and law students of conscience in anticipation of major protests in Ferguson.

Arrested Legal Observer: Ferguson a ‘Pilot Program’ for When Communities Respond to Police Brutality

Ferguson Protest Gosztola
August 30, 2014

The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in Ferguson to monitor protests against the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. They were also present to help with jail support for community residents. But, while working, four of the NLG’s observers fell victim to the police occupation they were trying to help Ferguson fight and were arrested.

NLG Legal Observer Arrested While Documenting Ongoing Police Violence in Ferguson

August 20, 2014

At approximately 12:30 AM on August 20, St. Louis County Police arrested Max Suchan, a Legal Observer with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG). Suchan, a Chicago law student, traveled to Ferguson to document police misconduct and help protect community residents' First Amendment rights in the wake of Michael Brown's murder.

Oakland to Pay $4.5 million to Iraq War Vet Scott Olsen

East Bay Express
March 21, 2014

The City of Oakland has agreed to pay a $4.5 million legal settlement to Scott Olsen, the 24-year-old Marine Corps veteran who was critically wounded by Oakland Police on the night of October 25, 2011 during a chaotic confrontation between law enforcement and Occupy Oakland demonstrators. Olsen's legal team included President of NLG-SF, Rachel Lederman, NLG attorney Jim Chanin, and NLG Legal Worker Jacob Crawford.

Van Hollen should scrap singers' prosecutions

Activist Craig Spaulding handcuffed at Solidarity Sing Along (Mike DeVries - The Capital Times)
The Cap Times
February 7, 2014

“The First Amendment still lives in Wisconsin’s Capitol today,” declares Patricia Hammel, the vice chair of the Madison chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Hammel, an attorney for one of the singers arrested during Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to silence dissent in the state Capitol last year, was celebrating a major victory in the long legal struggle to restore respect for the Constitution in Walker’s Wisconsin.


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