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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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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 ... North Carolina Prisons

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 ...
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 ...
"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 ...
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 ... prisons

... 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 ...
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 ...
Homan et al., nationally recognized immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir, along with the New Sanctuary Coalition, CASA de Maryland, Detention Watch Network, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the New York Immigration Coalition, are challenging the unlawful targeting of ...
Homan et al., nationally recognized immigrant rights leader Ravi Ragbir, along with the New Sanctuary Coalition, CASA de Maryland, Detention Watch Network, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the New York Immigration Coalition, are challenging the unlawful targeting of ...
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 ...
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 ...
In the fall, the Penn Black Law Students Association and the Penn chapter of the National Lawyers Guild called on Wax to be barred from teaching the course. B.J. Courville, a 1L student, said she has separately petitioned faculty members to remove Wax from the first-year curriculum as well.
director of mass defense for the National Lawyers Guild, founder of the Human Rights-Racial Justice Center and former national coordinator of the ACLU's Campaign Against Racial Profiling. The judges will hear testimony from experts, community organizations and individuals. The citywide tribunal will be ...
... to birth more puppet presidents and dictators in the Philippines. Rhonda Ramiro is the vice chair of BAYAN-USA, an alliance of 20 Filipino organizations in the U.S. Azadeh Shahshahani (@ashahshahani) is legal and advocacy director at Project South and a past president of the National Lawyers Guild.

Pressure is mounting as the Trump administration continues to refuse to reveal its legal justification for bombing Syria in April 2017, despite increased scrutiny from Democratic senators and a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Minnesota) wrote a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ...
According to the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) of Central Virginia, Blakney was questioned by Charlottesville police and the FBI last fall, when authorities claimed they were attempting to gather information on white nationalist violence. The NLG tells In These Times that the FBI conducted several home ...
The Buffalo chapter of the National Lawyers Guild filed suit Tuesday against the Erie County Sheriff's Office to obtain documents sought under the Freedom of Information Law. The group, represented in part by students from the University at Buffalo Law School, says it filed a request nearly a year ago ...
On September 29th, 2003 four lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild of the United States, Peter Erlinder, Professor of Law at the William Mitchell School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, Neil Berman, Attorney in Boston, Massachusetts and Eric Sirotkin and Jennie Lusk, Attorneys in Albuquerque, New ...
2/22/18 7PM-9PM Laney College 900 Fallon Street Room D200 Oakland Targeting the Movement: The FBI's Black Identity Extremist Designation and Black Liberation Join Center for Political Education and the National Lawyers Guild for a panel discussion with local activists, organizers, and lawyers on ...
February 15, 2018 - The right-wing Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has demanded that the City of Berkeley, California investigate City Council Member Cheryl Davila, arguing erroneously that Davila violated the law by supporting boycotts for Palestinian rights.
Steeg cites her long career as a lawyer, including early years with the National Lawyers Guild, where she did defense work for the Pantex Peace Farm activists, among others. She later became general counsel at the state Dept. of Health – in 2006, after retiring there, she defeated a Republican JP in this ...
He's a member of the National Lawyers Guild, and served on the Austin Lawyers Guild Steering Committee during Occupy Austin, where he represented individuals arrested pro bono. He said roughly half of his docket is pro bono, and includes those arrested for protesting Senate Bill 4 and Trump's opinion ...
Flynn noted that she represented the Coalition and the National Lawyers Guild in a lawsuit settled last year, which was filed after requests for information about LAPD's Suspicious Activity Reporting program went unheeded. The city was ultimately forced to turn over “hundreds” of records and ended up ...
Flynn noted that she represented the Coalition and the National Lawyers Guild in a lawsuit settled last year, which was filed after requests for information about LAPD's Suspicious Activity Reporting program went unheeded. The city was ultimately forced to turn over “hundreds” of records and ended up ...
Ragbir along with the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, CASA de Maryland, Detention Watch Network, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and the New York Immigration Coalition filed a suit in federal district court Friday morning to challenge the targeting of immigrant ...
The thinker will be in Dearborn Sunday night at UAW Local 600 to give the keynote address at a National Lawyers Guild dinner. The dinner honors Buck Davis and Cynthia Heenan, founders of the Detroit firm Constitutional Litigation Associates, P.C., which focuses on police misconduct, asset forfeiture ...
The local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild said on its Facebook page that Blakney was a counter-protester at the rally organized by white supremacists and Nazis. The guild statement also said that Blakney had been assaulted by a rally attendee. The statement claimed that the felony charge came ...
"In order to stop this dismantling of government in the name of deregulated capitalism, we will need to act fast," warns the National Lawyers Guild, which cautions that "billionaire libertarians like Charles and David Koch…have been working toward this goal for over four decades." Well, not all of us are ...
... say they will gather at the Metro entrance to the Pentagon between 8 and 9 a.m. to hand out literature and encourage survivors to share their stories, say organizers, which include the Service Women's Action Network, Protect Our Defenders, and the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild,.
The judge who rules on the bond motion is the same who rules on the merits motion. Julie Mao, an enforcement fellow with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, told Rewire that the judge who ordered Acosta removed from the United States will ultimately decide if Acosta is eligible ...
The future of the United States and indeed, the world, depends on it. Copyright Truthout. Reprinted with permission. Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic ...
But three months later, there's still dispute about what really happened during the storm, with the National Lawyers Guild taking preliminary steps toward a ... hitting the federal docket, but the National Lawyers Guild's Prisoners Legal Advocacy Network said it's gathering complaints for possible legal action.
The cost of Hurricane Harvey's wrath to the Texas prison system has crossed the $8 million mark, with damage more widespread than initially reported. Five units evacuated, at least 25 more lost power and some suffered roof damage, including the facility in Rosharon, where the Ramsey Unit alone needed ...
... we hope the jury's verdict will vindicate the principle that our system doesn't allow guilt by association." Jude Ortiz, chair of the National Lawyers' Guild Mass Defense Committee and part of the defence team in the trial, told Al Jazeera this "is a significant blow to the prosecution and the state's theory of the ...
(Courtesy National Lawyers Guild S.F. Bay Chapter). Financed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Urban Shield is “a comprehensive, full-scale regional preparedness exercise assessing … response capabilities related to multi-discipline planning, policies, procedures, organization, equipment ...
#NoCopAcademy is made up of 54 organizations including Black Lives Matter Chicago, Assata's Daughters, the Arab American Action Network, the Latino Union, National Lawyers Guild of Chicago, and many more. We wholeheartedly stand with #NoCopAcademy and the organizers in Chicago that are ...
Furthermore, it would violate the Constitution “if applied to deny state contracts to persons or entities engaged in BDS and will have a chilling impact on constitutionally protected speech,” Palestine Legal, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Lawyers Guild and Defending Rights and Dissent ...
The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild also submitted a lengthy online comment to DHS, noting that information obtained on social media could be used to arrest or detain immigrants and naturalized citizens, and also to deny them federal benefits. “DHS will engage in fishing ...
... and advocacy director with Project South, a social justice organization based in Atlanta, and a past president of the National Lawyers Guild.
Kim Cree, whose lawyer had to intervene when a D.C. agency tried to move her from her longtime group home. | J.F. Meils / CityPaper via the ...
... gangs, according to a lawsuit that the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild filed on the Catalan-Ramirez family's behalf.
Marjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, deputy secretary ...
Ms. Bromberg is also a member of the DC Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. This article reflects Ms. Bromberg's views, and not those of ...
As it stands, no request for appropriations to enforce the new regulations has been made and the National Lawyers Guild has reiterated its ...
Jim Lafferty, executive director for the National Lawyers Guild in Los Angeles, said he feared the LAPD's tactics might deter protesters from ...
The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic and progressive change in the structure of our political and economic system.
... chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations; National Lawyers Guild members Benjamin Douglas and Ria Thompson-Washington; ...


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