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The fight against Chemical and Kinetic Force weapons rages on!

NLG-Mass lawyers are currently hard at work pushing for city-wide ordinances in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston that would make the use of chemical and kinetic force weapons by police restricted/illegal. This is incredibly important when considering how the aforementioned tactics were used against protestors last year. The fight against these horrific tactics is ongoing!… Read more>>

Northeastern Chapter presents the Week Against Mass Incarceration!

We are proud to announce that the Northeastern University Chapter of the NLG-Mass Chapter will be hosting a week-long program called “Week Against Mass Incarceration”!  

The Week Against Mass Incarceration will begin on March 1st and run through the 6th. Click the link below to sign up and to learn about the diverse offerings including a panel with Black … Read more>>



On Sep. 3rd and 4th, 2019, individuals charged for their role in counter-protesting the alt-right sponsored Straight Pride parade, were arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court. This has been five days of reckless disregard for the law and justice by some of the people and institutions who are supposed … Read 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 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.

Leaving the meeting (l.-r.): Lee Goldstein, Carl Williams, Kayla Degala-Paraiso, Jasmine Gomez, and … 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”.


Jeff Petrucelly, one of the Founders of 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

President Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court (White House Twitter)


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 … 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


National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer Millicent Hoffman watches the scene on Lake Shore Drive at Belmont Avenue during an anti-violence protest, Aug. 2, 2018, in Chicago (John J. … 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>>