The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic and progressive change in the structure of our political and economic system. Through its members–lawyers, law students, jailhouse lawyers and legal workers united in chapters and committees–the Guild works locally, nationally and internationally as an effective political and social force in the service of the people.

Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.

The Portland NLG’s aim is to:

  • be the legal arm of the radical movement by being responsive and proactive, and building connections between diverse community groups,
  • be the radical arm of the legal world by inserting radical ideas into the legal culture and providing a home for radical and progressive legal folk,
  • have our work and our organizational structure build, energize and support our members and our organization.

Portland NLG Board Members:

Kristen Chambers and Shannon Garcia, Co-Chairs – portlandchapter @ nlg.org

Kacy Jones, Secretary/Archivist

Violet Nazari, Treasurer

Kasia Rutledge, Internal Organizer

Juan Chavez, Communications coordinator

Jamie Trinkle and Ashlyn Ruga, Membership coordinators

National Committees:

National Lawyers Guild committees are the foundation of our programmatic work. Our volunteer members work nationally to realize the mission of the Guild in areas such as immigration, labor, international, and constitutional law. The work of our committees, task forces, and projects defines the Guild as a coalition for social change. These groups demonstrate that not only are we passionate in our convictions, but we are also resolute in our actions.

Find information for our most active committees, projects and task forces here: https://www.nlg.org/committees/. Please contact the committee chairs for more specific information on how to get involved. We look forward to working with you.