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The National Lawyers Guild is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. The Guild unites lawyers, law students, and legal workers as an effective political and social force in the service of the people. Our aims:



  • to eliminate racism;


  • to safeguard and strengthen the rights of workers, women, farmers and minority groups, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends;


  • to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them;


  • to use the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.




"...to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests."

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The National Lawyers Guild, along with the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, sued for the documents after the federal government failed to respond to their FOIA request. So far the Guild has received heavily redacted documents, but they believe the lawsuit will likely produce thousands of more pages of ...
Traci Yoder, director of research and education for the National Lawyers Guild, a progressive bar association, is the author of a recent report on the forces behind the wave of anti-protest bills, which include conservative groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council, corporations like as Energy Transfer Partners ...

SACRAMENTO, CA. – The National Lawyers Guild of Sacramento Sunday issued the following statement, contesting law enforcement accounts now being circulated regarding what occurred at the Stephon Clark demonstration at Florin Road and 65th Street Saturday (March 31).
Wanda Cleveland had been marching down Florin Road in Sacramento with dozens of other activists when she was hit by the sheriff's vehicle, video captured by Guy Danilowitz of the National Lawyers Guild showed. The sheriff's office later confirmed the “collision.” The vehicle immediately drove away, ...
Other community activists who spoke in support of Sawant included former mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver, the Democratic Socialist of America's Shaun Scott, and Jenn Kaplan, Seattle chapter president of the National Lawyers Guild. Sawant also spoke during the rally, but did not address the case, citing ...

At the large demonstration held Thursday to protest the death of Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed in his own backyard by two officers with the Sacramento Police Department, legal observers of the Sacramento Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild did document at least one unnecessary ...
Though, according to “The Jailhouse Lawyer's Handbook,” published by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the National Lawyers Guild, “A prison cannot maintain a list of excluded publications” and “must decide about each book or magazine on a case-by-case basis.” (Williams v. Brimeyer, 116 F.3d ...

During a hearing in which McCarthy accused the Army of harboring communists, McCarthy attacked one of Welch's young assistants, Fred Fisher, for once being a member of the National Lawyers Guild, which McCarthy considered a communist front. Welch responded: 'Until this moment, Senator, I have ...
Set against this background, Defendants' counsel contends that "the proposed ad submitted by Plaintiff with its controversial Gush Etzion address expressed its own political message in gross contradiction of the view of the National Lawyers Guild." In other words, by listing Gush Etzion as Plaintiff's address, ...
“Trump has been blunt in his desire to reduce black and brown immigrants in the U.S.,” said Sejal Zota, an attorney with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, a Boston-based nonprofit involved in the suit. “As part of that agenda, he terminated TPS, but he terminated TPS using an ...
In Massachusetts, the state's corrections department reached a settlement with the National Lawyers Guild and Prisoners' Legal Services to treat prisoners with the most serious cases of Hepatitis C within 18 months, according to The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, every new prisoner will be tested for the ...
... is the result of more than two years of litigation, after inmates Emilian Paszko and Jeffrey Fowler sued the Department for denying them treatment with the most effective drugs on the market. The Massachusetts chapter of the National Lawyers Guild says this is believed to be the first settlement of its kind.
“We are pleased with the Court's well-reasoned and just decision to deny the National Lawyers Guild's motion to dismiss and allow this case to proceed,” said The Lawfare Project's Chief Operating Officer, Benjamin Ryberg, who is acting as lead counsel in this suit. “The discriminatory motivation behind ...
The Buffalo chapter of the National Lawyers Guild is suing the Erie County Sheriff's Office in order to get records surrounding what the guild says is the Sheriff's Office practice of concealing suicide attempts in county jails. The suit, filed last week under the Freedom of Information Law in Erie County ...


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