National Lawyers Guild

National Lawyers Guild

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National Lawyers Guild

The National Lawyers Guild was founded in Washington, D.C., in 1937 as an alternative to the American Bar Association (ABA). As the first racially integrated national bar association, the NLG promotes progressive political movements and champions social justice.

Although membership was originally restricted to attorneys, the NLG now accepts non-lawyers including paralegals, legal workers, and law students.

The National Lawyers Guild formed as a progressive group for lawyers fighting racism in the legal establishment. It exists today as an organization in which civil rights lawyers fight racism and discrimination in all forms, as well as protect civil liberties and freedom.


Benefits of Membership in the NLG

Membership in the National Lawyers Guild entitles the member to receive NLG publications including four issues of NLG Review and three issues of Guild Notes. Members are entitled to vote in NLG national elections.


Committee of the National Lawyers Guild

The National Lawyers Guild encourages its members to actively participate in the leadership of the NLG by serving on various committees. Committees are a great way for young attorneys to gain experience working in their areas of interest.

Serving on the Amicus Committee is by invitation only. Other NLG committees or projects include:

  • National Police Accountability Project
  • International Committee
  • Prison Law Project
  • Disability Rights Committee
  • Legal Workers Committee
  • Drug Policy Committee
  • Committee for Democratic Communications
  • Mass Defense Committee
  • Anti-Racism Committee
  • Committee on Corporations, The Constitution, and Human Rights
  • Anti-Sexism Committee
  • Environmental Justice Committee
  • Labor and Employment Committee
  • National Immigration Project
  • The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC)
  • Mass Incarceration Committee
  • Military Law Task Force
  • Queer Caucus
  • Next Generation Committee

Chapters of the NLG

Some of the largest Chapters of the NLG include:


Contact Information for the NLG

National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
132 Nassau Street, Rm. 922
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (212) 679-5100
Fax: (212) 679-2811