Below is a (non-exhaustive) list of resources to help legal folks plug in and self-educate. If you have money, donate to local, grassroots organizations working for social, racial, and economic justice. If you have skills, donate those to local, grassroots organizations working for social, racial, and economic justice. If you feel like you have neither, build your skills (we all have something to contribute!), or support those who do.

Self-Educational Resources


City Club Friday Forum “Feminism at the Intersection” 2/3/17

So, you want to be a movement lawyer, now what?

Written Materials

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

The Movement for Black Lives

Law For Black Lives

Communities of Color Coalition

OPAL- Environmental Justice

Letter to a law student interested in social justice

RED Report on racial disparities in Multnomah County criminal legal system

20 Tools for Movement Lawyering, Law at the Margins

Get involved with Organizations in Portland

Northwest Workers Justice Project

Innovation Law Lab

Oregon Law Center

Portland Jobs with Justice

Unite Oregon

Portland Voz

Legal Aid Services of Portland

Sankofa NW

Enlace International

Black Lives Matter – Portland

Showing Up for Racial Justice – Portland (SURJ)

Homeless Youth Law Clinic

Oregon Justice Resource Center

NAACP of Portland

Albina Ministerial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform

Portland Copwatch

List of community advocacy groups

In Oregon

CAUSA Oregon

Rural Organizing Project

Disability Rights Oregon

ACLU of Oregon


#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

Donate to the Portland NLG

The Portland Chapter has been hard at work, protecting the rights of demonstrators, tenants, immigrants, and supporting grassroots and community organizations. We are a volunteer organization, and donations go directly to support our work. We truly appreciate any support you can give!

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Gifts to the Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes as charitable contributions. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution of $100 or more, please donate to the National Lawyers Guild Foundation by clicking on this link.


Portland NLG condemns PPB’s response to demonstrators on J 20 and calls on City of Portland to address crowd control policies and excessive use of force

On Friday, January 27, 2017, the Portland Chapter of the NLG sent a letter to Mayor Wheeler and City Commissioners detailing issues and concerns around the PPB’s use of chemical weapons and impact munitions against a demonstrators on inauguration day, January 20, 2017. The letter included a 2007 report on Portland’s crowd control policies and practices written by NLG member Shauna Curphey. The NLG presented this report and recommendations to the City for the second time in 2011 in response to the PPB’s treatment of demonstrators during the Occupy Wall Street campaign.

The right to dissent, the right to gather, the right to protest and to resist unjust and unconstitutional policies coming out of the Trump administration must be zealously protected. The Portland NLG and Lewis and Clark chapters have been providing on-going legal support to demonstrations, and will continue to do so.



NW Community Coalition for Police Accountability Summer Gathering

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:

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

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 @


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