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

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.

NLG Emergency Response Hotline

The Chicago-based NLG emergency response hotline helps match activists who have been contacted by the FBI with NLG defense attorneys in Chicago who have experience dealing with similar cases.  If you have been contacted by the FBI or know someone who was, please call the NLG Chicago Hotline: 312-913-0039

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)

Support Lynne Stewart

Lynne represented Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the media-dubbed “blind sheikh” who was sentenced in 1996 to life in prison for plotting to bomb New York City landmarks. For actions undertaken while working as Rahman’s lawyer, Lynne is now looking at 30 years in prison. The National Conference of Black Lawyers called her conviction a “legal lynching” in a statement condemning “highly politicized trials.”