NW Community Coalition for Police Accountability Summer Gathering

August 11, 2016

NLG member Ashlee Albies will be speaking at this event about on the ground legal strategies for police accountability:

Join Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane, Mothers for Police Accountability, Seattle and NAACP Portland Branch at the first NW Community Coalition for Police Accountability convening, at Portland State University Smith Center.

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nw-community-coalition-for-police-accountability-summer-gathering-tickets-26552694825

Friday evening August 12

Vigil 6:00 – 7:00

Welcome Celebration 7:30 – 9:30 spoken Word Open Mic

Saturday August 13

8:00 – Breakfast at PSU Smith Center

8:30 – 9:30 Opening & Keynote Panel

9:30 – 10:45 Workshop Session 1

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:30 Workshop Session 2

12:30 – 1:30 Box Lunch

1:45 – 3:00 Closing Plenary: State of the Region and What’s Next?

Workshop & Panel Topics Include:

  • Showing Up for Racial Justice with SURJ Chapters/Affiliates from Portland, Spokane, Seattle
  • Community-Conscious Policing
  • Legal Strategies On The Ground: Portland status in court & police oversight by vote of people (Tim Connor) & Seattle Monitor
  • Black Lives Matter

Share, learn, support!

TRANSPORTATION FROM OTHER CITIES WILL BE COVERED! When you register, you can indicate you’re interested in carpooling!


Rooms at PSU are available with twin beds at $70/night via this registration page. You are welcome to share and have your roommate(s) reimburse you for part of the cost.


Other housing options: You can find and reserve rooms at Hostels in NE and SE Portland, where the average cost is $35/night and some private rooms are available.

When Friday, August 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM – Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar Where Portland State University – 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 – View Map Tags

NLG legal observer training August 11, 2016

July 29, 2016

In light of recent demonstrations across the country and here in Portland, and the planned actions which may result in interface with the legal system, the Pdx NLG chapter is offering a Legal Observer training.

The Legal Observer program is part of a comprehensive system of legal support designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the police and with the fewest possible consequences from the criminal legal system. In addition to Legal Observers, Guild attorneys often provide legal defense for protesters who are arrested and bring civil litigation if needed. Legal workers, law students, and lawyers connected with the NLG are invited to train with two experienced LOs.

Those who complete the training will be asked to sign an agreement with the NLG regarding standard practices and confidentiality.

If you need childcare, please let us know by August 8, 2016. RSVP here or at portlandchapter @ nlg.org.


Space is limited, and location, in inner SE Portland, will be sent to those who RSVP.







Collective Legal Resistance! NLG Member Kris Hermes Event This Sun. 6/26, 4-6 pm

June 24, 2016
Join us this Sunday, June 26th, 4 pm to 6 pm, at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop for an engaging discussion with activist and author Kris Hermes on political repression, the National Security State, and collective legal resistance.  This event is co-sponsored by the Portland NLG chapter, the Civil Liberties Defense Center, the Hella 503 Collective, Portland Rising Tide, and will be moderated by NLG attorney Ashlee Albies.

Hermes, formerly on staff with the National Lawyers Guild and a member of multiple radical law collectives, will discuss how the playbook of tactics developed during the 2000 Republican convention protests are still used to stifle dissent across the U.S. today. Hermes will also discuss ways in which activists can employ radical, innovative and confrontational forms of resistance to the legal system.  Hermes is the author of Crashing the Party: Legacies and Lessons from the RNC 2000, published by PM Press.  Crashing the Party is an engrossing combination of social history and courtroom drama, the book explains the origins of contemporary protest policing and the creative resistance used to overcome it.

When: This Sunday, June 26th at 4-6 pm
Where: Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 523 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
Event Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/1049157915153647/

Hope to see you there!

2016 NW Regional Conference, April 8-9, Seattle Wa

April 1, 2016

The conference is a gathering of Guild members from the region — legal workers, law students, lawyers, and jailhouse lawyers — at which we make decisions about regional governance, share victories and resources, and learn more about the important work Guildmembers are doing in the Northwest.

The 2016 conference will be held April 9-10 at the University of Washington School of Law.

This year’s theme is intersectionality and the law. Highlights include: special guest panelist Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, President of the National Lawyers Guild; keynote address by Dean Spade, Professor of Law; anti-racism training; panels on local resistance to mass incarceration and organizing for housing and economic justice. CLE credit pending for Oregon and Washington.


More information and registration link here: https://2016nwnlgregionalconference.wordpress.com/

Stu Sugarman Presente!

April 1, 2016

The Portland NLG mourns the loss of one of its local stalwart members, Stuart Sugarman. Stu was a longtime and well-respected criminal defense attorney, representing countless activists and helping to coordinate mass defense for years in Portland and beyond, mentoring activists and lawyers alike in standing up for justice. His passing is a huge loss to the legal and activist community in Oregon.

The NLG is grateful for Stu’s tireless work in support of justice, and sends condolences to his friends and family.

Link to Oregonian story on Stu’s impact.

Video: Human Rights in the US CLE

June 8, 2015

In the past several years, legal aid, public defense and public interest attorneys have integrated human rights principles rooted in international law into the struggles of the individuals and community organizations they represent.   On December 12, 2014, the Portland chapter of the National Lawyers Guild presented a CLE program on Human Rights in the US: Incorporating International Law into Everyday Practice.

The speakers included:

  • Lauren E. Bartlett, Local Human Rights Lawyering Project Director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.
  • Gwynne Skinner, Associate Professor Law and director of the International Human and Refugee Rights Clinic, Williamette University College of Law.
  • Steven Goldberg, Member Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, former chairperson of the National Lawyers Guild International Committee

This is the first part of that CLE program running approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. The program was approved for 5.5 Oregon CLE credits.

The materials for the program are posted at http:wp.me/PwqDA-8e.

For questions and further information, contact Steven Goldberg at steven@stevengoldberglaw.com.

Human Rights in the US CLE

October 7, 2014

The Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and American University College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law present:


This CLE will be held on Friday, December 12, 2014, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Portland Building Auditorium, 1120 SW 5th Ave.

Detroit residents are challenging water cut-offs before the United Nations.

The Supreme Court cited international law in its decision striking down the death penalty for juveniles.

Increasingly, legal aid, public defense, and public interest attorneys have integrated human rights arguments into advocacy before judges and policy-makers, as well as integrating human rights principles into the struggles of the community organizations they represent. This CLE will provide public interest attorneys with practical strategies, sample arguments, and resources to integrate human rights into daily work at the state and local level in the U.S. Electronic course materials are included in the cost of registration. Speakers include:

Lauren E. Bartlett, Research and Training Director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law;

Gwynne Skinner, Associate Professor of Law and director of the International Human and Refugee Rights Clinic, Willamette University College of Law; and

Steven Goldberg, National Lawyers Guild Portland Chapter, former chair of National Lawyers Guild International Committee.

The CLE has been approved for 5.5 credit hours.

Click here for detailed agenda and speaker bios.

Cost to Attend

  • $75 (legal aid lawyers, public defenders, and NLG members)
  • $175 (OSB members)
  • FREE to representatives of community organizations (registration is required)
  • Scholarships are available for legal aid lawyers, public defenders, new lawyers, legal workers, and law students. To apply, please contact Steven Goldberg at 503-445-4622 or steven@stevengoldberglaw.com.

Questions about the CLE? Contact Steven Goldberg at 503-445-4622 or steven@stevengoldberglaw.com.