Fundraiser for Documentary of Chi NLG History

Dear NLG Chicago Members and Friends:

The Chicago Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild is working on something special! To document our more than seven decades of legal support for progressive and radical movements and work building community for legal workers, law students, and lawyers, we are producing a short documentary to capture the chapter’s vibrant history and struggles. Check out a sneak peek here:


The documentary features interviews with longtime Guild members like Michael Deutsch, Bernadine Dohrn, Larry Kennon, and Standish Willis as they discuss their work with movements in the 1960’s, 1970’s, and more recently. Newer Guild members like Molly Armor, Iveliz Orellano, and Brian Orozco are also featured sharing their perspective as the next generation of Chicago “Guildies” ready to learn from, and build on, the work done by those before them.

We hope you will please consider making a donation to help us reach our documentary funding goal of $2,000. Any and all contributions help us reach our goal, and if you are able to donate $50 or more, we will thank you or the person of your choosing at the end of documentary. Please also share the documentary fundraising website with your friends and colleagues through email and social media.

The full video will be unveiled at our NLG Chicago May Day Party on May 1, 2015, 7pm at Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor. We look forward to celebrating with you then!

In solidarity,

The 2015 NLG Chicago Board of Directors:

(Adriana, Aneesha, Brian, Daniel, Emily, Iveliz, Jessica, Jim, Kevin, Nebula, Sandra, Sharlyn)

Chicago NLG May Day Party!

NLG May Day Party

The National Lawyers Guild of Chicago invites you to a night of merriment and camaraderie at its first ever May Day fundraising party. Celebrate International Workers’ Day and dance the night away alongside fellow Chicago radicals.

Friday, May 1, 7pm-12am
Hairpin Arts Center
2810 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2nd Floor

Beer/wine and light snacks will be available.

Updates on Facebook

Please feel free to circulate the flyer widely!

Suggested Donation

Police Brutality Panel March 24, w/ free CLE Credit

The National Lawyers Guild chapter at John Marshall Law School is hosting a free CLE on police brutality, focusing on community organizing and litigation as avenues for justice.
The event, also co-sponsored by Chicago TUPOCC, will feature NLG Chicago members: Joey Mogul and Iveliz Orrellano. The panel will also include excellent community member and organizer speakers.

Tuesday, March 24

5:00-7:00 pm

John Marshall Law School
304 S. State St, 2nd Floor Lounge
Food and beverage will be provided
2 CLE credits available
Please RSVP by emailing:

Featured Speakers:
Joey Mogul: Civil rights attorney at People’s Law Office, member of National Lawyers Guild, co-author of Queer (In)Justice
Iveliz Orrellano: Civil rights attorney at Dvorak Law Offices. member of National Lawyers Guild
Page May: Organizer with We Charge Genocide
Mariame Kaba: Activist, writer, and co-founder of Project NIA
Rozette Long: Aunt of Desean Pittman who was killed by Chicago Police. She was arrested when police disrupted Desean’s vigil

Food and beverages will be provided.

**This event is co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, the Latino Law Students Association, the Middle Eastern Law Students Association, the Public Interest Law Council, the South Asian Law Students Association, TUPOCC and the American Constitution Society**



WED 3/18: TUPOCC teach-in on Chicago Police Torture

A Teach-In on the history of Chicago Police Torture at the John Marshall Law School.

Between 1972 and 1991, Chicago Police Department Officers tortured at least 112 African American men and youth.

Chicago Police Detective Jon Burge was primarily responsible for introducing the torture techniques, which included electric shock, suffocation, burns, beatings, use of cattle prods, use of nooses, and mock executions with guns.

This teach-in will take place at John Marshall Law School, Room 201, on Wednesday, March 18th from 12pm to 1:30pm. Please circulate to your networks. TUPOCC is collaborating with First Defense Legal Aid as well as Lyons McCray Legal LLP and Dominguez Legal Justice Center (both of which are Justice Entrepreneur Project participants). John Marshall’s Black Law Student Association and Latino Law Student Association are also co-sponsoring.

Facebook event page here:

(Folks have to rsvp on Facebook by 3/16 or bring photo ID the day of the event because of John Marshall’s security set-up.)



Ferguson & Beyond: NLG Midwest Regional Conference in St. Louis – March 20-22

Registration is now open for the 2015 NLG Midwest Regional Conference:  “Ferguson and Beyond.”  March 20-22, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The St. Louis chapter has put together a fantastic agenda centered around the events in Ferguson and the legal response.  We also will have great panels dealing with the environmental justice issues confronting our region and immigration considerations for non-citizen activistsThere will also be CLE credit available.

Now, more than ever, we need to forge strong relationships across the Midwest.  Please join us to stand in solidarity, expand your knowledge, build the Guild, and have rocking good time!

Conference information

Attached please find detailed information about the weekend, including the Friday night welcome party, Saturday night gathering, and Sunday morning meetings.

For additional information, visit:

Registration Information
To register, go to:    |  Online payment is available!

$20 | law students, legal worker, low income, community organizer
$40-60 | lawyers and others
NOTE:  Registration fee includes 2 continental breakfasts, and lunch.


For information on alternative housing, please email:

There are a number of union hotels and family-owned establishments close by to the conference site (Saint Louis University School of Law (100 North Tucker Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63101).  To verify union status of a hotel, you can always visit Unite Here!

NLG Midwest Regional 2015


Justice for All? Animal Rights Panel

Chicago viewing of
Justice for All? Race, Class, Gender, Disability and Animal Liberation

A Panel on Animal Liberation and Intersectionality

Monday, March 2
5:30 p.m.
304 S. State St.
Room 529

View the Facebook event

Is animal rights a feminist issue? If we deny animals rights because they lack the abilities humans possess, are we being ableist? Does supporting animal liberation detract from human liberation struggles? Or could it help human rights causes?

The New York City chapter of National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Animal Rights Activism Committee is hosting this discussion with long-time activists, writers, and advocates Timothy Pachirat, pattrice jones, Christopher-Sebastian McJetters, and Sunaura Taylor. Our panelists will explore how speciesism and non-human animal exploitation intersect with other forms of oppression.

This Chicago based viewing is hosted by the Chicago Chapter of NLG’s Animal Rights Activism Committee and co-sponsored by The John Marshall National Lawyers Guild, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at the John Marshall Law School