Get Involved!

Hey NLG members!

Wondering what your other chapter members are working on, or how you can get involved with their work? You’re in luck! We’ll be convening our second annual Get Involved; Stay Connected meeting at Cider Riot on July 31, 2018. Check out the flier below!


#F17 Law Strikes Back, Rally 1 pm


At 1 PM (PT) on Friday, Feb. 17 (#F17), #LawStrikesBack! Lawyers, legal workers, law students, paralegals, court interpreters, investigators, social service advocates, and others who work in the courts will gather in front of courthouses across the country in coordination with the nationwide #GeneralStrike strike planned for the same day.

In Portland, gather at 1 pm at the Justice Center, 1120 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR

This is an opportunity for the legal community to express our solidarity with the growing movements against the new regime and its white supremacist agenda.

Sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild (

Co-Sponsored by:
Center for Constitutional Rights (
#Law4BlackLives (
People’s Law Office (
Sugar Law Center for Social and Economic Justice (
Water Protector Legal Collective (
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
LatinoJustice PRLDEF (\
Abolitionist Law Center (
Palestine Legal (
TGI Justice Project (TGIJP) (
Defending Dissent Foundation/ Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) (
Civil Liberties Defense Center (
Law@theMargins (
National Conference of Black Lawyers- Michigan Chapter
Black and Pink (
The Jericho Movement (
Black Movement-Law Project (
New York Civil Liberties Union – NYCLU (
Human Rights Defense Center (

If your legal organization would like to co-sponsor this event, please email NLG Director of Research and Education Traci Yoder at

SPREAD THE WORD! Use #LawStrikesBack along with #F17 and #GeneralStrike.

Local Demonstrations

Boston, MA

Chicago, IL

Detroit, MI

Harrisburg, PA

New York, NY

Providence, RI

Tucson, AZ

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

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 Page

Hope to see you there!

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

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:

Human Rights in the US CLE

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

Questions about the CLE? Contact Steven Goldberg at 503-445-4622 or

Upcoming Hearing on Suit Against City For Fining Right 2 Dream Too

In December 2012, the owners and tenants of the Right 2 Dream Too homeless camp in downtown Portland filed suit against the City of Portland with the help of Mark Kramer, a member of the Portland NLG. Right 2 Dream opened on a plot of vacant land at the corner of Northwest Fourth Avenue and Burnside last year, with the permission of the property owners. Approximately 80 to 100 homeless people take shelter at Right 2 Dream Too.

The City has fined the property owners $1,346 per month for violating recreational campground codes. The lawsuit alleges that the City unfairly designated Right 2 Dream Too as a recreational campground and asks that the City treat it like Dignity Village, a transitional housing site in Northeast Portland that isn’t subject to the same standards as a “recreational” site. State law allows two such sites in each city.

On Thursday, July 11, there will be a hearing at the Multnomah County Courthouse on the City of Portland’s motion to dismiss the suit. There will be a rally on the courthouse steps at 8:15am, followed by the hearing, at 9:00am, in Judge Immergut’s courtroom.

ACT for Justice and Dignity to Hold Press Conference on ICE Detentions

Activists Coming Together for Justice and Dignity (ACT) advocates for the social, political, and economic inclusion of immigrants and disenfranchised communities, regardless of their immigration status. It is holding a press conference and rally to oppose ICE detentions in Multnomah County.

Monday, October 22nd, 11:30 am
Multnomah County Building
SE Hawthorne and Grand (501 SE Hawthorne)

Procedures in Multnomah County allow information regarding the immigration status of individuals arrested for relatively minor offenses, prior to any conviction, be transmitted to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As a result, these people are often deported, regardless of the seriousness of the alleged offense or their culpability. This relationship damages the trust between local police and Multnomah County’s immigrant communities. We have heard from our communities that victims and survivors of domestic violence, individuals who need to utilize emergency services, and others who interact with local law enforcement are often fearful to seek the help that they need. When witnesses and victims are afraid to speak out, it makes all of us less safe and impedes the reduction of criminal activity.

For more information, contact VOZ at 503-233-6787