Programs

Criminal Defense for Activists

If you are arrested as a result of your political activity, call the NLG Criminal Defense Coordinator at 773-309-1198 and leave a message with your name, phone number, charge(s), and date of next court appearance. Also, the Chicago-based NLG emergency response hotline helps activists who have been contacted by the FBI. If you have been contacted by the FBI or know someone who was, please call the NLG Chicago Hotline: 312-913-0039

Legal Observers

The NLG Legal Observer Program is part of a comprehensive system of legal support coordinated by the Guild to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible, without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the government, and with the least onerous consequences from the criminal justice system.

Know Your Rights

“KYR!” teach-ins are a local service of the National Lawyers Guild, Chicago chapter. Along with the Legal Observer Program and the Mass Defense Committee, the KYR teach-ins are part of a comprehensive system of legal support to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible, without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the government, and with the least onerous consequences from the criminal justice system.

Contact us at nlgchi.knowyourrights@gmail.com to request a training.

Upon request, NLG is also happy to include material on the following topics:

  • KYR for non-citizen activists
  • KYR for queer and transgender activists
  • KYR for members of the military
  • KYR for participants in actions with a high risk of arrest (including demonstration organizers)

Labor and Employment Committee

The committee partners with unions, worker centers, and other local organizations to build power amongst workers.

Military Law Task Force

We are available to assist with discharge upgrades and veterans claims.

Free Referrals

NLG member attorneys practice in many areas of the law, and there are referrals available both nationally and locally.