Keisha Hankerson Wins at Trial

Keisha Hankerson was acquitted last week of misdemeanor battery from the December 13, 2014 demonstration to STOP police murder.

Keisha stood strong because, as she said, “I didn’t do anything wrong. Why should I pay a penalty?” She should NEVER have been charged in the first place. The bench trial lasted over an hour with a CPD sergeant changing her story as she was being cross-examined while Keisha and her witness were unshakable in their testimony.  Despite being offered several deals over the months between her arrest at the December 13th protest and again just before her trial started on Thursday, Keisha held steadfast and refused to plead guilty to anything.

Two others arrested at the December 13th protest face even heavier charges –  David Iggy Rucker and Alfredo Reyes. Each faces up to 7 years in prison, also for doing nothing wrong. No trial date has been set for either of them.

Keisha thanked everyone who came out to support her.  Here she is with her two National Lawyers Guild Attorneys, Theresa Kleinhaus and Jim Fennerty who represented her pro bono on either side of her and with her witness on the right.


Also check out the Stop Mass Incarceration Network which organized the solidarity protest.

TUPOCC Condemns Ferguson Arrests of NLG and Other Activists On The Anniversary of Michael Brown’s Murder

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Today protests and uprisings continue in Ferguson, MO in response to continued police and state violence and in memory of Mike Brown who was murdered by Police Officer Darren Wilson one year ago. St. Louis County has declared a state of emergency in response to the protests and police officers have targeted activists with tear gas and arrests. Among those arrested and in custody today are Pooja Gehi, Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild, Abi Hassan (former Mass Defense Coordinator of the NLG and Member of Black Movement Law Project) and many other activists and TUPOCC members.

The People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC) – a contingent of radical lawyers, law students and legal workers of color in the National Lawyers Guild –  stands in full opposition to the action of the police in Ferguson and call for the release of Gehi, Hassan and all activists. Gehi and other legal observers were arrested while observing the police and documenting misconduct as legal observers. The arrest of the legal observers during these protests was completely unwarranted and unconstitutional. Targeting of legal observers is merely a tactic aimed at undermining legal support structures in the movement and it will not be tolerated. TUPOCC remains in unequivocal solidarity with the movement for Black liberation in Ferguson and across the country and calls again for an immediate end to police repression of activists.


The United People of Color Caucus of the National Lawyers Guild

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Chicago NLG History Short Doc

Thanks to your generous donations, were were able to produce a short documentary to capture the chapter’s vibrant history and struggles. Take a glimpse at seven decades of legal support for progressive and radical movements and work building community for legal workers, law students, and lawyers.

Here it is:

Please share widely. We hope it inspires many future generations of people who fight for social justice!

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.

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Please feel free to circulate the flyer widely!

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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**