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National Lawyers Guild

Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights trainings are held somewhat frequently in Portland by the NLG and other organizations. To request a training for your community, e-mail nlg(at)

The NLG provides several resources to protect activists’ First Amendment rights, and has just launched with Know Your Rights information tailored to individuals subjected to recent U.S. Department of Justice arrests, searches, seizures, harassment, and grand jury subpoenas as part of the FBI’s “Cyber Crimes” operations. Activists who have already been targeted or are concerned about their safety may call a Guild hotline—888-NLG-DANK—or access the organization by email at

Join the NLG

Students can (and should!) join the NLG as dues-paying members for $15 a year. Fill out the membership form online!

Why join the Guild?

Have you ever asked yourself, “Where are all the progressive legal people?” Look no further. The Guild is the nation’s largest, and oldest, progressive legal organization. If you believe that legal practitioners must be part of organizing for social change, if you believe that change can happen not only in the courtroom but also in the streets, then join the Guild! When you do, you will be part of over 4,000 like-minded legal practitioners organizing and strategize about improving our society through the law.

As a member you will receive a subscription to our quarterly news magazine “Guild Notes,” our quarterly legal journal “Guild Practitioner,” our annual Referral Directory, and discounts to our annual convention and national publications. You’ll gain access to the nation’s leading legal resources, such as NLG-Interact, our national listserv, a Mass Defense legal brief bank, a wide range of multi-topic committees, and a network of highly respected lawyers and legal workers in the country. Perhaps you will join one of our international delegations or help write one of our amicus briefs.

Don’t just join for the privileges and opportunities. Join us because we have over 65 years of experience fighting for social change. With you on board, we’ll both be that much stronger and that much more effective.

Students can also get involved in the Portland NLG chapter. Get an idea of what’s going on with the local chapter by joining the Portland NLG Listserv. E-mail cathy(at) or ashlee.albies(at) to join.