(dis)Orientation 2014 — It’s Not You, It’s Law School!




The National Lawyers Guild Chicago Chapter is proud to announce our 2014 city wide DisOrientation!!!
Saturday, October 4th @1:00 p.m.
Loyola University, Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson

DisOrientation is an event for students to discuss surviving law school with our values and commitment to social justice intact. Come meet NLG law students, legal workers, and attorneys, while attending various panels and trainings on how to become a peoples lawyer.

The NLG is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.

Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.

1-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:15 Welcome
2:30-3:30 Student Panel
3:45-4:45 Attorney Panel
5-6 Legal Observer & Know Your Rights Trainings

Happy Hour to follow!
Clark Street Ale House
742 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
6:30 p.m.

Fred Korematsu Day

Thursday, January 30th, 11:45am-1pm
DePaul College of Law, 25 E. Jackson Blvd, Room 903
Fred Korematsu is the Japanese-American man who would not consent to being interned after President Roosevelt ordered that all Japanese-Americans be interned as World War II began. He is also the individual responsible for the landmark Korematsu v. United States case.
Join us for a screening of the brief film “Of Civil Rights and Wrongs” about Korematsu’s life and a discussion about the racial profiling he endured then and the racial profiling too often experienced by people of color today.
Reflections by:
Kiyo Yoshimura 
Former internee in Japanese-American internment camps
Rabya Khan
Staff attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations

Sponsors: CAIR-Chicago, National Lawyers Guild-Chicago TUPOCC, Japanese American Citizens League, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, South Asian American Policy & Research Institute, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, The Chicago International Social Change Film Festival, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum-Chicago 


Student Group Sponsors: DePaul NLG, DePaul APALSA, Northwestern University South Asian Law Student Association, and Northwestern University APALSA, Chicago-Kent APALSA 

Smart Phones, Dumb Laws

Will Your Cellphone Make You a Criminal?

A forum on the rising wave of repression against people who document dissent and police misconduct.

In Illinois, it is a major criminal offense to use a cell phone to audio record the police – EVEN IN A PUBLIC SPACE!  You can be sentenced to 15 years in prison!  Only 1 other state makes this a crime.  Why does Illinois have this law?  Why does our police force want to conceal its actions?

Cell phones give everyday people amazing power to document injustices, protests, and misconduct by police and officials.  Look how important they were to ordinary citizens across North Africa and the Middle East who used this technology during the “Arab Spring” to record and share the truth of their lives and their uprisings.

But in our country, police and prosecutors are taking increasingly repressive steps to stop this use of smart phones by arresting people who record events, even when it’s perfectly legal.

Meet with a panel of notable legal experts to get the facts:

Robert Johnson successfully represented Tiawanda Moore, who faced felony eavesdropping charges for audiotaping police as she attempted to have an officer investigated who sexually accosted her.  Mr. Johnson is a partner at the Chicago civil rights firm of Smith, Johnson & Antholt, LLC. (www.lawsja.com).

Jed Stone, a criminal defense lawyer from Waukegan, Illinois, is a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers who has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in criminal trial defense and criminal appeals. He has appeared regularly on the Chicago Lawyer’s list of top criminal defense lawyers. Mr. Stone represents Gregory Koger, who is appealing misdemeanor convictions stemming from videotaping a peaceful statement at a public meeting of the Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago (www.dropthecharges.net).

Mark Weinberg, a civil rights attorney in Chicago, represents Chris Drew, who faces felony eavesdropping charges for audiotaping his own arrest as he challenged Chicago’s restrictions on artists selling their works on public streets (www.art-teez.org).

For more information, adhoc4reason@gmail.com, depaul.nlg@gmail.com or 312-593-4191

Sponsored by DePaul University College of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law Chapters of the National Lawyers Guild, Ad Hoc Committee for Reason, Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art, the Chicago Chapter of World Can’t Wait, and ACLU Illinois.

Wednesday, November 9 at 6 P.M.

DePaul University College of Law, 25 East Jackson, Rm. 241 Lewis

Justice for Reynolds Wintersmith

Come learn about the only juvenile, first-time offender in the United States who is serving a mandatory federal life sentence for a non-violent drug offense. Reynolds Wintersmith received a federal sentence of life without parole for a drug offense committed when he was 17. He remains in federal prison notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Graham v. Florida, which found it unconstitutional for juveniles to be sentenced to life without parole sentences. Come hear about his case from his federal defender, and learn about how you can help!

Date: Thursday, September 29

Time: 11:50-12:50

Room: DePaul Law, Lewis Building, 1 E. Jackson, Room 805

Snacks provided!

Housing is a Human Right

The War at Home: Fighting for Jobs and Housing in Chicago

Support the national movement to restore housing rights.  Help keep Chicago residents in their homes.  Canvas to inform tenants & homeowners of their rights.

Join the discussion about the economic and economic crisis in Chicago and learn how you can get involved in the movement to fight against it.

Learn about the Problem:

Come to the Community Meeting, Thursday, February 10, 6 PM @ Workers United Hall, 333 S. Ashland Ave, Chicago.  Learn more about the meeting here.

Work to Solve it

Help with Community Outreach to foreclosed homeowners and tenants on Saturday, February 12.

10 a.m. | One hour training session, DePaul College of Law, 25 E. Jackson, 7th Floor Lounge

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Door-to-Door Canvassing, South/West side of Chicago, car pool from training session

For more information, contact depaulnlg@gmail.com.

Sponsored by:

  • DePaul NLG
  • Anti-Eviction Campaign
  • CORE
  • Bridgepoint Unemployed Action Center
  • Jobs With Justice