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National Lawyers Guild (NLG)

About the NLG


  • Founded: 1937
  • Executive Director: Pooja Gehi

Mission and History

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, police brutality and discrimination in all forms, as well as protect civil liberties.



National Executive Committee

Elena Louisa Cohen
Ridgewood, NY
Amreet Sandhu
Amreet Sandhu
Ken Montenegro

Vice President
Los Angeles, CA
Luna Martinez Gomez

Student National VP
Berkeley, CA
Sarah David Heydemann

Labor and Employee Committee
Washington, DC
Jude Ortiz
Jude Ortiz
Chair, Mass Defense Committee
Washington, DC
Liliya Oliferuk
Liliya Oliferuk
Anti-Racism Co-Chair
UNC School of Law
Justice Gatson

Board Member
Kansas City, MO
Rachel A. Pickens
Rachel A. Pickens
Executive Director, NPAP
New Orleans, LA

NLG Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Joe Welch
Attorney at Law
Kansas City, MO
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Matthew R Abel
Cannabis CounselĀ® Law Firm
Detroit, MI
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Jesse Dan Hall
Masterson Hall, P.C.
Denver, CO
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Mark Andrew Barney
Barney Law PLLC
Hurricane, WV
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Sean Patricio Cecil
Law Office of Sean P. Cecil
Raleigh, NC
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Contact the NLG

National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
132 Nassau St Suite 922
New York, 10038
Office: (212) 679-5100

Directory of Civil Rights Lawyers in the United States

Lawyer Legion maintains a national directory of civil rights attorneys which includes both NLG members and non-members, To help the public find the best choices when they search for an attorney, Lawyer Legionrecognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the NLG and other professional associations. This includes recognition for NLG members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the NLG.

Use this directory to find a civil rights lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your state from the list below.

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