Empowering Student Activists

As was reported at the NLG-Mass Chapter’s Annual Meeting in January, the NLG and the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) created an ad hoc task force to address the needs of activists facing sanctions for supporting Palestinian human rights.  The NLG had set up a Protest Legal Support Hotline in October, in response to the intense … Read more>>

CAIR-Massachusetts: 2024 Legal Worker Award Recipient

What is CAIR-MA and what services does it provide?

Assalamu alaykum!  Thank you for asking! 

CAIR-MA is the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.  We are a small but passionate non-profit dedicated to protecting the rights of Muslims in Massachusetts.  In terms of our legal work, we provide … Read more>>

NLG-Mass Chapter’s Independent Organizing Network (I.O.N.)

Q & A with I.O.N.’s Co-Founders: Tyler Daguerre, Dave Runkle, and Nick Adams

1. Will you please provide a brief summary of the mission/purpose of I.O.N.?

To support independent union organizing campaigns by developing comprehensive networks of legal support, educational resources, and trainings to empower workers to know their rights, efficiently navigate administrative and legal systems, and feel confident in … Read more>>

Reflections from LOing at MIT, Northeastern, and Tufts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The relationship between MIT Scientists Against Genocide (SAGE) and the NLG started with care and trust.

The MIT populace, compared to its neighbors with law schools, did not have much experience with the National Lawyers Guild, let alone any familiarity with what Legal Observers do. However, after witnessing the raids at Emerson and Northeastern, students from … Read more>>

Mass Defense Committee Update

The past few months have been an amazing time for social justice movements and our Mass Defense Committee has been working overtime to provide needed legal support for activists.

We first want to acknowledge the high school, college and university students who are on the front lines. All across our state, as well as the rest of the country, student … Read more>>

NLG-Mass Litigation Committee Update

The Litigation Committee has been ramping up the battle on a number of fronts, thanks to the work of our committee members.

On April 26, our pursuit of transparency from the Boston Police Department and BRIC resulted in the hearing of our Motion for Attorney Fees before Judge Cowin in the Suffolk Superior Court. David Kelston and Jeff Petrucelly made … Read more>>

Meet Our New Administrative Coordinator

Jane Romp (she/her) is the Administrative Coordinator for the NLG-Mass Chapter. Before joining NLG, Jane worked with Common Cause Massachusetts, the Foundation for Civic Leadership, and performed research on the impact of protest-based social movements for Oxford University. She is currently producing a documentary uplifting survivors of sexual violence while investigating the role of gender bias in the handling attorney … Read more>>

Lifetime Achievement Award: Nadine Cohen

Nadine Cohen (third from the left)

1. What motivated you to go to law school?

I was an anti-war, racial justice and political activist and in 1972 was part of a women’s prison collective that visited and supported the women incarcerated at the Framingham prison.  We worked closely with Lawyers’ Guild lawyers who were part of a law … Read more>>

Up Against the Law: The Radical Practice of the National Lawyer’s Guild , 1967-1973

Speakers: Luca Falciola (author of “Up Against the Law”), Professor Randall Kennedy, Judy Somberg, and Roger Geller… Read more>>

NLG-Mass Litigation Committee Files Suit Against BPD and BRIC

“Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher.  For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example […].  If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.”  These prescient and powerful words written in dissent almost 100 years ago by Justice Louis … Read more>>

Massachusetts Campus Activists, Know Your Rights!

College Disciplinary Hearings

Please click here for general information regarding campus activists’ rights and how to prepare for college disciplinary hearings.

Click here to watch the webinar.

CAIR Massachusetts

National Lawyers Guild – Massachusetts Chapter… Read more>>

Press Release (UPDATED)




Chris DiOrio – 617-847-4343,

Urszula Masny-Latos – 617-308-0947,


Boston, February 26, 2024 – Today, the National Lawyers Guild-Massachusetts Chapter (NLG) filed … Read more>>

The Palestine Exception: “Free Speech” on Campus and The Suppression of Pro-Palestinian Voices

Featured NLG representatives from Massachusetts and New York City, CAIR, and ACLU.
Held on Thursday, February 15, 2024

The Harvard Law School National Lawyers Guild Chapter held an event on campus, titled the “Palestine Exception: Free Speech and the Suppression of Pro-Palestinian Voices,” featuring attorneys from the ACLU, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the National Lawyers Guild-Massachusetts Chapter … Read more>>

JJ Sharpe – 2024 NLG Student Honoree

1. When were you first introduced to the Guild?

I was first introduced to the Guild when I first entered law school. I was struggling with reconciling the desire I have for change and the way the law was structured. So much of first-year classes are taught in a manner that the “law is the law” no matter who it … Read more>>

Jenna Dwy – 2024 NLG Student Honoree

1. When were you first introduced to the Guild?

I first found the Guild during law school orientation week. I saw the Suffolk Law chapter of the Guild (“NLGSU”) at the organization fair, spoke with one of the members, and was hooked!

2. Who/what encouraged you to join the Guild?

I have always been eager to utilize my privilege. When … Read more>>

Michael Allen – 2024 NLG Student Honoree

1. When were you first introduced to the Guild?

I first learned about the Guild when I was applying to law schools. I was reaching out to current students at all sorts of different schools, and a NUSL student told me about it.

2. Who/what encouraged you to join the Guild?

I joined NLG because it seemed like a group … Read more>>

Social Gathering at Democracy Brewing

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Mass Dissent – Litigation Committee Update

As a result of our latest (and third) lawsuit against the Boston Police Department under the Massachusetts Freedom of Information Act, we recently received a list of every complaint against BPD officers from 2011 to present. Each complaint provides the officer’s name, the date and description of the complaint, and the disposition.

Thanks to five undergraduate students from Harvard College, … Read more>>

The Year In Review for the NLG Mass Defense Committee

by Josh Raisler-Cohn and Jeff Feuer

Over the last 12 months the volunteer lawyers and law students of our Mass Defense Committee (MDC) have once again risen to meet the needs of the on-going movements for racial, economic, gender, and climate justice. We continued our longstanding work across the state providing trainings, supplying trained Legal Observers™, representing people in court, … Read more>>

Chris DiOrio – NLG-Mass Chapter’s Litigation Committee’s New Staff Attorney

Chris DiOrio has been on the front lines of fighting for individual rights for over thirty years. Chris started his career as a Legal Aid Society public defender in New York City, then moved to Massachusetts where he has been a trial attorney, as well as a civil rights and liberties and constitutional law professor, educating students from 8 to … Read more>>

The Massachusetts Chapter of the NLG Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza

The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) mourns the tremendous loss of life in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel over the past month.  We grieve the lives of those already lost, wish for freedom for those in captivity, and remain committed to a future where every life is recognized as precious, and all people live in freedom … Read more>>

Testimony of Judy Somberg on behalf of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild in opposition to Bill H.1558, An Act relative to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism

December 5, 2023

To Chairman James Eldridge, Chairman Michael Day, and members of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.
I am writing to ask you to oppose Bill H.1558, An Act relative to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism.
I am submitting this testimony on behalf of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. For over 80 … Read more>>


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Using Machine Learning to Illuminate Patterns in BPD Complaints Data

During the Fall 2023 semester, the NLG-MA Litigation Committee partnered with the Boston University Spark! program on a project to use machine learning to analyze complaints against the Boston Police Department. Spark! is an interdisciplinary program for undergraduates combining artificial intelligence, data science, and investigative journalism approaches to help organizations with real-world data projects. This project represents one facet of … Read more>>

Mass Dissent – AJTF Update


NLG-Mass’ Abortion Justice Task Force (AJTF) was established in response to the Dobbs decision.  The AJTF is currently researching the most pressing legal questions for those seeking an abortion, helping with accessing an abortion, and performing abortions in Massachusetts.  Additionally, AJTF is researching the added legal concerns for more vulnerable populations, such as … Read more>>