Justice Week 2019

hosted by the NLG-UMass Dartmouth School of Law Chapter



Justice Week is a week long celebration and awareness campaign of contemporary social justice issues. This annual event is hosted by the National Lawyers’ Guild – UMass Law Chapter, and other UMass Law affinity groups. This year’s theme is: “Gender, Gentry, and Grace.” We will be looking at … Read more>>

NLG Legal Observers Defend Boston’s Third Women’s March



The third Women’s March in Boston took place last Saturday, 1/19, on a sunny and cold winter’s day.  Despite a looming blizzard, thousands of people came out to make their voices heard in Boston Common.  As a protestor’s sign said; “You know it’s serious if we are marching in January”.




About 20 counter-protestors were also … Read more>>

LFTP: Employment/Labor Law for the People

On Thursday, January 17th, at 6:00pm, the NLG-Mass Chapter presented the fifth Know Your Rights teach-in of our six-month long series, “Law For The People.” Northeastern University School of Law co-sponsored and hosted this teach-in, entitled “Employment/Labor Law For The People.”


NLG-Mass member Attorney Mark Stern spoke about the many different types of labor law, from union law to … Read more>>

NLG-Mass January Happy Hour Recap


On Wednesday, January 9th, at 6pm, the NLG-Massachusetts Chapter hosted a Happy Hour event at the Red Hat Café, featuring a pertinent presentation entitled “What’s Going On At The Southern Border.” About thirty folks attended to discuss the current struggles of immigrants who have fled their countries of origin, where living conditions have become intolerable (often due to exploitative … Read more>>

Call for NLG Members to Assist Migrant Caravan

from the NLG National Office:


Since November, a Central American exodus of 4,000-5,000 asylum seekers have been arriving at the Tijuana/San Ysidro Port of Entry. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and Al Otro Lado (AOL) have been mobilizing legal support on both sides of the border to help protect and uphold the human rights of these refugees fleeing violence Read more>>

NLG-Mass’s 2018 Holiday Party

On the evening of Friday, December 7th, members and friends of NLG-Mass gathered at the law office of Shapiro, Weissberg, & Garin to celebrate the holiday season. Folks enjoyed delicious food and wine with the good company of fellow comrades. The holiday party also featured an exciting raffle of prizes, ranging from day passes at rock climbing gyms to spa … Read more>>

ACLU of Massachusetts, NLG-Mass Chapter and partner organizations sue Boston Police Department for records on “gang” tracking system

Groups demand records on database used in deportations


BOSTON, November 15, 2018 – The ACLU of Massachusetts, together with a coalition of legal services and civil rights groups and law firm Anderson & Kreiger LLP, today filed a lawsuit against the Boston Police Department (BPD) seeking information about the police department’s “gang database.”


Little is known about the … Read more>>

LFTP: Housing Law for the People

On Thursday, November 8th, at 6:00pm, the NLG-Mass Chapter presented the third Know Your Rights teach-in of our six-month long series, “Law For The People.” Harvard University Law School co-sponsored and hosted this teach-in, called “Housing Law For The People.” 


Speakers and long-time NLG attorneys Nadine Cohen, Jeff Feuer, and Lee Goldstein gave an incredibly informative and inspiring lecture.… Read more>>

NLG-Mass November Happy Hour Recap



On Wednesday, November 7th, at 6pm, the NLG-Massachusetts Chapter hosted a Happy Hour event at the Red Hat Café, featuring a discussion on “What’s Going On In Catalonia.”



Speaker Ester Serra-Luque, NLG member, activist, and native Catalonian, eloquently briefed us on the Catalan anti-fascist self-determination movement. She explained how the death of Franco did not end … Read more>>

NLG-Mass’s 10th Annual Fall Sustainer Party


On Wednesday, October 24th, the NLG-Mass Chapter threw its 10th Annual Fall Sustainer Party.


In celebration of our wonderful Sustainers who generously support the work of NLG-Mass, NLG-Mass Chapter organized an annual cocktail party at NLG Attorney Judy Somberg’s beautiful house in Cambridge, with Middle Eastern food and great company.


Contributions made by our Sustainers help … Read more>>

LFTP: Stop & Search Rights For The People Recap

On Tuesday, October 16th, at 6:00pm, the NLG-Mass Chapter presented the second Know Your Rights teach-in of our six-month long series, “Law For The People.” Boston University School of Law kindly hosted this teach-in, called “Stop & Search Rights For The People.”


Speakers Makis Antzoulatos and Erica Medina led this collective gathering in a very informative Q&A format.

 … Read more>>

Laughing Liberally Boston with NLG-Mass’s Susan Church

On the evening of Saturday, October 13th, NLG-Mass collaborated with Laughing Liberally Boston to present a political comedy show featuring some of Boston’s top liberal and progressive comedians at Arts at the Armory Café in Somerville. This show on October 13th was particularly special, as it featured an interview segment with NLG-Mass’s very own Susan Church!



Attorney … Read more>>

NLG-Mass #LegalObserver Appreciation Event


On Monday, October 1st, NLG-Mass hosted an appreciation event for our wonderful Legal Observers (LOs) at the Hub Pub in downtown Boston. We celebrated our LOs and their dedication to supporting and protecting grassroots movements with pool, tasty appetizers, and skee-ball.




The NLG is most known for our Legal Observers (LOs), the volunteers in very … Read more>>

LFTP: Immigration Law For The People Recap


On Thursday, September 27th, at 6:30pm, the NLG-Mass Chapter presented the first Know Your Rights teach-in of our new six-month long series, “Law For The People.” This teach-in, called “Immigration Law For The People,” was graciously held at Boston College School of Law.



Speakers Nancy KellyJohn Willshire-Carrera, and Susan Church led the teach-in.… Read more>>

NLG-Mass September Happy Hour Recap


On Wednesday, September 12, at 6pm, the NLG-Massachusetts Chapter hosted a Happy Hour event at the Red Hat Café, featuring a discussion on “Challenging Abusive Policing Practices.”


Speakers Fatema Ahmed, Deputy Director of the Muslim Justice Leagueand Janhavi Madabushi, Education and Outreach Coordinator of the Asian American Resource Workshopfacilitated the creation of #BosCops … Read more>>

NLG Opposes Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to SCOTUS

from the NLG – National blog, posted on August 30th, 2018

The resignation of Justice Anthony Kennedy in June 2018 has left an opening for the far right to achieve a clear majority on the Supreme Court. Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge from the conservative legal establishment with a history of partisan politics, contempt for … Read more>>

NLG Legal Observers Featured in the Chicago Tribune’s Article

from The Chicago Tribune, posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. 

They’re watching, whether the whole world is watching. Legal observers in green hats are part of Chicago protests. By Christopher Borrelli



The first lawyer to arrive stood, as usual, at the edge of the protest. He waited and watched the police as the police watched the protesters, … Read more>>

NLG Mass Defense Committee Defends Anti-ICE Activists

On Monday, August 20th, activists from the Fang Collective blocked two separate entrances at the Bristol County House of Corrections.  This was in protest of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department’s 287(g) agreement with ICE, which allows state employees to perform the duties of immigration officers.  The law enforcement response was reckless and dangerous.  They put activists lives at risk knocking … Read more>>

NLG Mass Defense Committee Defending Opponents of Trump’s Fascist Policies

On Saturday, June 30, 2018, hundreds of protestors (supported by several NLG Legal Observers) gathered for a protest rally against President Trump’s draconian and racist immigration policies at the South Bay House of Correction where ICE leases space to cage people they have detained for alleged immigration violations. After more than four hours of a peaceful protest, at about 8:00 … Read more>>

Federal Judge Issues Approval of Final Hep-C Settlement


On June 29, 2018, a federal judge in Boston issued final approval of a settlement between state prisoners with Hepatitis C and the Massachusetts Department of Correction. The judge’s order resolves Fowler, et al. v. Turco, et al., a class action lawsuit brought by Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild on … Read more>>

NLG-Mass Chapter Lawsuit Could Improve Hep C Treatment for Prisoners Nationwide

A Victory! In spring 2018, the NLG-Mass Chapter reached a settlement of the lawsuit that provides for dramatic improvements in the health care of all prisoners in Massachusetts.

We particularly want thank our partner, Prisoners’ Legal Services, whose expertise and hard work was critical at every step along the way.

The settlement includes Hepatitis C testing for all incarcerated people … Read more>>

Climate Activists Triumph Based on Climate Necessity!

A Victory! On March 27, 2018, thirteen defendants appeared in Boston’s West Roxbury District Court to answer charges that they blocked construction on the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline, a high-pressure natural gas pipeline. They were part of a sustained campaign of civil disobedience that resulted in 198 arrests between October 2015 and September 2016. Although the prosecutor reduced the charges … Read more>>