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Communist are trying to over-run US

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Union Calendar No. 1078

81st Congress, 2d Session     House Report No. 3123




Legal Bulwark of the Communist Party

SEPTEMBER 17    , 1950

(Original release date)

September 21, 1950 - Committed to the Committee of the Whole House

of the State of the Union and ordered to be printed.


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Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 (October 2006)

Posted on September 1, 2016

Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1: U.S. Supreme Court, No. 05-908 2006 U.S. S. Ct. Briefs LEXIS 1040 The case involves affirmative action programs designed to end de facto discrimination in public elementary and secondary schools. The NLG opposes efforts to misuse the 14th Amendment to prevent such programs. This […]


Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder (February 2013)

Posted on August 30, 2016

Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder The NLG brief in support of the respondents underscores the obligation of the Supreme Court not to arrogate to itself the job of the legislature, especially in the face of overwhelming evidence supporting the legitimacy of Congress’s decision to extend the constitutionally crucial role of Section 5 of the Voting […]


Blum, et al. (SHAC 7) v. Holder

Posted on August 30, 2016

Blum, et al. (SHAC 7) v. Holder Blum v. Holder is a federal lawsuit challenging the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. The plaintiffs are five longtime animal rights activists whose advocacy work has been chilled due to fear of being prosecuted as a terrorist under the AETA.

US v. Rasmea Odeh (November 2014)

Posted on August 30, 2016

US v. Rasmea Odeh NLG filed this amicus brief in support of the defense’s motion that requested Palestinian American community leader Rasmea Odeh be granted bond pending sentencing to continue her social work in Chicago.


Bylaws and Resolutions

Our Governing Documents

The NLG Constitution was originally adopted in 1937 and has guided the organization’s growth ever since. It is updated by a membership vote at the annual convention. To view the document in its entirety, or to review our bylaws, please click the links below.

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Our Positions

As a democratic organization, the work and focus of the Guild is decided by our members. Each year at the national convention, we hold plenaries in which members discuss and vote on programmatic priorities, often in the form of resolutions. To learn more about where the Guild stands on a number of issues, please take the time to browse through our past resolutions.

 Proposed 2017 Resolutions and Amendments

(Presented at the plenaries during the #Law4thePeople Convention)

Resolution Updating the National Lawyers Guild Policy Regarding Planned Giving & Donor Solicitations Within Chapters

Proposed Amendment to the NLG Constitution Article 9 to Clarify Union Membership

Proposed Bylaw Amendment: Diverse Composition of the National Executive Committee

Resolution Reaffirming and Amending NLG Policy on National Organization Fundraising Solicitations

Proposed Amendment to NLG Bylaws to Replace in its Entirety the Current Section 4 on Project, Committee and Task Force Annual Assessments with the Word-for-Word Text of the Predecessor (Pre-2000) Section 4

Proposed Amendment to NLG Bylaws to Add a “Compliance” Provision to Section 4 on Project, Committee and Task Force Annual Assessments

Emergency Resolution Opposing Any Attempt by the Justice Department to Investigate and Sue Universities Over Affirmative Action

2016 Resolutions and Amendments Passed

Resolution to Boycott AirBnb

Resolution: Require Independent, Impartial Investigation and Prosecution of Police Killings and Reopen Michael Brown and Eric Garner Homicide Cases

Resolution: Driving Big Money Out of Elections

Resolution: Code of Conduct for NLG Events & Convention

Resolution Supporting Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Resolution Calling for Release of Federal Political Prisoners

Resolution Calling for Release of Pennsylvania Political Prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal, Charles Sims Africa, Delbert Orr Africa, Edward Goodman Africa, Janet Holloway Africa, Janine Phillips Africa, Michael David Africa, Joseph “Joe-Joe” Bowen, Fred “Muhammad” Burton, and Russell “Maroon” Shoatz

Resolution Calling for Release of New York Political Prisoners Herman Bell, Robert Seth Hayes, Malik Shakur Latine, Jalil Muntaqim and David Gilbert

Resolution Calling for Release of California Political Prisoners Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald and Ruchell “Cinque” Magee

Resolution Calling for Full Normalization of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Emergency Resolution Opposing us Govt’s Re-institution of Trials for Travel to Cuba

Emergency Resolution on Haiti


Bylaws 7.5: Officer Job Descriptions (Vol 1 – President & Treasurer)

Bylaws Section 7.5: Officer Job Descriptions – (Vol 2: EVP & NVP)

Bylaws Section 7.5: Officer Job Descriptions (Vol 3: Legal Worker and Student VP)

Bylaws Section 7.5: Officer Job Descriptions (Vol 5: Committee/Caucus) 

Bylaw Amendment, Section 8: Voting Procedures

Bylaw Amendment, Section 13: Convention Evaluations and Survey

Bylaw Amendment, Section 11: Establishment of Standing NEC Committees

2015 Resolutions Passed

Resolution Supporting the Abolition of Prisons

Emergency Resolution on Relations with Cuba

2014 Resolutions and Amendments Passed

International Labor Justice Working Group Resolution

Bylaw Amendment Section 8.4 (a-2): Obligating Another NLG Entity via Resolution Requires Consultation

Bylaw Amendment Section 8.4 (a-3): Changing the Governance, Duties and Rights of NLG Entities Requires Consultation

Cuban Five Resolution

Membership Committee Resolution

Puerto Rico Subcommittee Resolution

Resolution Condemning US Funding to Destabilize Progressive Governments in Latin America and Throughout the World

Emergency Resolution: NLG Urges US to Comply with Recommendations of Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

2013 Resolutions and Amendments Passed

Amendment to Add a Legal Worker Vice President to the National Officers that comprise the Executive Council

Emergency Resolution in Opposition to Rasmea Yousef Odeh’s Arrest by the Federal Government

2012 Resolutions Passed

Emergency Resolution in Opposition to the Scheduled Execution of John Ferguson

Mexico Emergency Resolution

Resolution on Puerto Rican Political Prisoners

2011 Resolutions Passed

Emergency Resolution in Support of Labor’s Call for Protests on December 3, 2011, to Save Social Security and other Workers Benefits

Emergency Resolution in Support of Occupy Wall Street

Emergency Resolution to Support Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike and California Prisoners on Hunger Strike

Condemning the Attacks on the Independent Trade Union Movement and Freedom of Association in Mexico

On NLG Solidarity with Puerto Rico

For NLG Participation in Local Publicizing and Reporting Under UN Human Rights Treaties

Endorsing National Hyatt Boycott

Clarifying Planned Giving and Bequest Allocations between the National Organization and Chapters

2010 Resolutions Passed

Affirming Commitment to Accessible Sites

Condemning Attacks on Mexico Labor Rights

On Commitment to Gulf Coast Region

On Solidarity with Puerto Rico

For Participation in UN Human Rights Program

Emergency Resolution on the Philippines

Emergency Resolution Condemning the FBI Raids

Resolution & ByLaw changes re Union-made Products & Services

2009 Resolutions Passed

Puerto Rico

Law Schools and Legal Education

Ending the War on Drugs

Actions to End the Blockade of Gaza

Amending the Code to State that U.S. Military Servicemembers are Noncitizen Nationals

Ratifying the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Condemning the Attacks on the Mexican Electrical Workers

2008 Resolutions Passed

Creating a Second ‘New Deal’

Honoring Barney Rosenstein

2007 Resolutions and Amendments Passed

Right to Nondiscriminating Accommodation at NLG Events

Israel: Boycott and Divest

Impeachment of Bush and Cheney

Calling for Investigation into the Case of the Cuban Five

Opposing Build Up to War with Iran

Three UN Treaty Reporting Project

Supporting the San Francisco 8

Collecting Information on the Status of LGBT People in Cuba

Endorsing Defense of Japan’s Article 9

Regarding Seat for an NLG Member on the MCLI Board

Supporting the Campaign to Free Palestinian Political Prisoners

Extending the Disability Rights Commission

Supporting Human Rights Work in Oaxaca, Mexico

Buying Products and Services from Worker-Owned Cooperatives/Worker Collectives

Constitutional Amendment Regarding Chapter Affiliation

2006 Resolutions and Amendments Passe

Creating a NJ Chapter

Regarding Landmark Cases

Regarding Submission of Resolutions Bylaw Amendments

Regarding Voting Procedures

Constitutional Amendment Regarding Nondiscrimination

2005 Resolutions Passed

Opposing Efforts to Amend the Alien Tort Claims Act

Electoral Reform Within the Guild

Human Rights in the Philippines and the Persecution of Professor Jose Maria Sison

Government Violations of Human Rights of Katrina Victims

Establishing a Relationship with the Association of Latin American Labor Lawyers Participating in UN Human Rights Committee Reporting

Supporting Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange

2004 Resolutions Passed

Supporting Unionized Employees of the NLG

Calling for Excess Profits Tax on Income from Contracts with the U.S. for War in Iraq

Divesting from Israel