The Fight Against Climate Change: In Defense of “Extinction Rebellion”

The Fight Against Climate Change: In Defense of “Extinction Rebellion”

On July 31st, Jeff Feuer of the Mass Defense Committee appeared in the central Boston Municipal Court to represent 10 members of the climate change activist group, Extinction Rebellion.  The activists were facing clerk-magistrate “show cause” hearings on charges of trespass and failure to disperse from a so-called “riot” stemming … Read more>>

Flowers v. All White Juries – by Madison Levin

Flowers v. All White Juries

Madison Levin


When selecting a jury, the attorneys for both sides have the opportunity to peremptorily challenge prospective jurors, striking them from the jury without needing to provide an explanation. These challenges, however, are not without limits. In 1986, in the seminal case Batson v. Kentucky, the Supreme Court ruled that a State may … Read more>>

The Citizenship Question – by Madison Levin

The Citizenship Question

by Madison Levin


The Enumeration Clause of the Constitution specifies that the population be calculated by “adding to the whole Number of free Persons… three-fifths of all other Persons.” In light of the current census controversy, it is significant that racism was written into the United States Constitution and remains entrenched our democracy and our legal … Read more>>

A Trumped-Up Crisis at the Border! ft. Victor Aronow and Hillary Farber

On July 9, 2019 at the Cambridge YMCA library, two National Lawyers Guild members presented “A Trumped-Up Crisis at the Border”.  Victor Aronow, one of the co-founders of the Massachusetts Chapter of the NLG, lives in Phoenix, Arizona and runs the non-profit Refugee Aid, established by the NLG in Arizona.  With migrants crossing the southern border at unprecedented numbers, the… Read more>>

NLG-Mass Chapter Summer Retreat 2019

On Saturday, July 13thNLG-Mass Chapter members gathered at the Old Oak Dojo in Jamaica Plain to discuss the present state and future trajectory of the Chapter. In addition to Guild members, several community organizers also came and presented their goals and hopes in continuing to work with the Guild. Those included: Kayla Degala Paraiso of MatahariRead more>>

NLG Legal Observing at Never Again Protest and Representing Arrested Activists

NLG Support for Activists from Never Again Movement 

18 activists from Never Again Para Nadie: Jews Against ICE were arrested and charged with trespassing on the night of Tuesday, July 2nd at the demonstration organized by Cosecha with a march to the ICE detention facility at the South Bay Jail in Boston. On the morning of  Wednesday, July 3rd, they … Read more>>

NLG-Mass Chapter’s Memory Lane – 50th Anniversary Edition

For 50 years (since its re-establishment in 1969), the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild has worked tirelessly in pursuit of justice for the people. With so many hurdles overcome and still many ahead, we thought it would be nice to take a look back at the history which has helped shape who we are today. 

The following photographs … Read more>>

NLG-Mass Chapter Annual Dinner 2019!

On Friday, May 17th, the NLG-Mass Chapter came together to honor long-time member, Lynn Weissberg, and to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Chapter.  Before the ceremony was officially underway, the dining hall was bustling with the sounds of music from the ‘60s and ‘70s (the time when the Chapter was re-created), conversations and the energy of our members. The … Read more>>



The Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild condemns the politically-motivated federal prosecution of Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph, a respected judge sitting in the district court division of the Massachusetts Trial Court, and trial court officer Wesley MacGregor.  The two have been indicted on charges of obstruction of justice … Read more>>

NLG Annual Meeting 2019

In March, Mass Chapter members gathered for our Annual Meeting. After short reports from the co-chairs and committees – Litigation, Mass Defense, Finance, and Dinner – and the Referral Directory, we held elections of the new Mass Chapter’s Board of Directors and Officers.

All running candidates were elected to serve on the Board of Directors. Bonnie Read more>>

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>>