The Portland Chapter of the NLG has a number of Committees and programs that members can plug into.
Legal observers trained by the Portland Chapter are dispatched to political events in the Portland area to prevent and, where necessary, document police abuse. Requests for legal observers should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in the next legal observation training also contact email@example.com.
The Protester Project
The Protester Project is a program of the Portland National Lawyers Guild in which criminal defense lawyers, investigators, and legal workers volunteer to provide quality, pro bono, defense representation to folks arrested at demonstrations state wide. Contact Kenneth Kreuscher at 971-303-9453 or kennethkreuscher at gmail.com.
IPR Reform & CRC Advocacy
The Portland Chapter has been active in efforts to empower citizens in seeking redress and accountability in police misconduct cases since 2000. The Chapter spearheaded efforts in 2000 leading to a Mayoral Task Force. We continued to pressure for reform of the prior weak and ineffective watchdog, Police Internal Investigations Audit Committee(PIIAC), which led to the establishment of the current Independent Police Review (IPR) process. The Chapter played an important role along with other community partners in the recent strengthening of IPR and will continue to press for reforms until a truly independent and empowered investigation and review process is in place. In the interim, the Chapter provides law student and attorney advocates to citizens appealing adverse decisions before the Citizens Review Committee (CRC). If you would like help with your appeal to the CRC, or are interested in serving as a volunteer advocate for CRC appellants, contact the NLG at 503.512.0654 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foster radical attorneys! Build greater community among Portland NLG members! The Portland chapter’s Mentorship Program is open to NLG members, including legal workers, students, and attorneys. The aim is to promote new leadership within the Guild, and to sharpenthe skills and dedication of all members. Mentorship lasts for the duration of the school year. Mentors and mentees are matched based on shared interests, so each pair of matches can determine the focus of their relationship (e.g. social, skills-building, networking, etc.). Mentors are asked to meet mentees 2 – 3 times over the course of the school year. Although we make matches in the fall, we are happy to add new participants throughout the school year. To learn more about the program or to sign up: Attorneys and legal workers contact email@example.com, students contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lewis and Clark Law School has a very active NLG chapter. Students lead Portland’s Legal Observing and CRC Advocacy projects. In addition, students conduct Know Your Rights trainings, communicate with political prisoners, conduct legal research for NLG attorneys, and host radical speakers. To join the student chapter or to discuss hosting an event on the Lewis and Clark campus, contact email@example.com.
The Portland chapter coordinates regular social events for public interest lawyers, law students, legally-minded non-lawyers, and all friends of the people, including children. Lately it has taken the form of a “Public Interest Lawyers Happy Hour” every month. It is usually on a weekday after work at a convenient location. This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded folks and continue to support each other in the work we do. For more information or details about the next event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Portland Chapter holds “substantive meetings” about every other month to discuss in-depth the legal background and implications of a campaign in which the Guild or its allies are currently involved. Examples of recent topics have included the Joint Terrorism Task Force, immigration reform, responses to mortgage foreclosures, and Portland police accountability mechanisms. For more information about the next topical meeting, contact email@example.com.
Jobs with Justice
The Chapter is a member of Portland Jobs with Justice, http://www.jwjpdx.org/, a coalition of labor and community groups fighting for workers’ rights and economic justice.
A network of Portland NLG members working on community issues.