Committees and Projects

National Lawyers Guild committees are the foundation of our programmatic work. Our volunteer members work nationally to realize the mission of the Guild in areas such as immigration, labor, international, and constitutional law. The work of our committees, task forces, and projects defines the Guild as a coalition for social change. These groups demonstrate that not only are we passionate in our convictions, but we are also resolute in our actions.

Below is the information for our most active committees, projects and task forces. Please contact the committee chairs for more specific information on how to get involved. We look forward to working with you.

Animal Rights Activism Committee

The Animal Rights Activism Committee works to end oppression and exploitation of non-human animals. The committee engages Guild members to advocate for changes in the law to recognize the rights of non-human animals, and to provide legal support and resources to animal rights activists. It works in coalition with other groups to fight--in the courts and in the streets--to liberate non-human animals. Visit our facebook page: or email us at

Anti-Racism Committee

The Anti-Racism Committee (ARC) strives to make the Guild into an effective anti-racist organization, holding it to the principles on which it was founded. The cost of joining the Anti-Racism Committee is $12, which can be paid alongside your membership dues. Are you doing anti-racism work in your local or student chapter?  Looking for assistance, resources, or ideas?  Email the ARC Co-Chairs at We would be happy to email with you or set up a call to discuss. We would also encourage you to visit the page of The United People of Color Caucus of the NLG here.

White supremacy and racism are serious problems in our society that affect us all. Racism affects how we do our work, and how we interact with each other, potential allies, and power structures. ARC desires to be a resource for NLG chapters, committees, and projects to engage in analysis and action on anti-racism.

The following documents may be used as tools to facilitate conversations in your NLG chapter, committee, or project. The ARC can make available ARC committee members to help guide and facilitate such conversations, remotely, or in person at a meeting.

Anti-Racism Resourcess

Anti-Sexism Committee

The Anti-Sexism Committee works to advance the Guild’s work in the movement for women’s liberation. Projects include: planning panels and workshops at Guild events, organizing projects locally and nationally, and writing articles for Guild Notes to educate Guild members about the contributions of women to the organization and its history. For more information, email

Committee for Democratic Communications

The work of the Committee on Democratic Communications focuses on the right of all peoples to a democratic world wide system of media and communications based upon the principle of cultural and informational self-determination. The cost of membership in this committee is $35 for members, and $15 for students.

Disability Rights Committee

The DRC encourages Guild members to become more aware of the issues confronting people with disabilities, and to incorporate representation of people with disabilities into their law practice. The cost of joining the Disability Rights Committee is $15. For more information, email

Drug Policy Committee


The Drug Policy Committee (DPC) of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) opposes the harms of America's War on Drugs, and advocates for policies that reduce those harms. We are lawyers, law students, and legal workers. We seek to educate ourselves and the public about drug policy issues and policy alternatives.

Read our most recent publication, "High Crimes: Strategies to Further Marijuana Legalization Initiatives."

Sign up for the committee using our Google form.

Co - Chairs

Our drug policy reform tactics include:

  • Providing experts to speak or testify at drug policy events
  • Helping writers to submit drug policy articles to law journals
  • Forming drug policy committees of bar associations
  • Organizing Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars
  • Drafting and filing amicus curiae briefs in drug policy cases
  • Providing legislative testimony on bills regarding drug policy
  • Writing letters-to-the-editor about drug policy news articles
  • Encouraging law schools to start drug policy-related clinics
  • Mentoring law students interested in drug policy reform

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Environmental Justice Committee

The EJC is dedicated to providing assistance to impoverished communities and communities of color, which are exposed to the disproportionate impacts of environmental hazards. This committee is free to join. For more information, email

Housing Committee

The Housing Committee works to advance the principle that housing is a human right. The committee supports the efforts of communities advocating for and creating access to safe, affordable, and adequate housing for all people. The committee aims to provide legal support to grassroots movements organizing around self-determination, tenants' rights, foreclosure resistance, squatting/homesteading, homelessness rights, property redistribution, and other housing and land use issues. For more information, email

International Committee

The NLG International Committee (IC) supports legal work around the world "to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests." As lawyers, law students, and legal activists, we seek to change U.S. foreign policy that threatens, rather than engages, or is based on a model of domination rather than respect. The Guild provides assistance and solidarity to movements in the United States and abroad that work for social justice in this increasingly interconnected world.

The NLG IC plays an active role in international conferences, delegations and on-going projects that examine and seek to remedy conditions caused by illegal U.S. or corporate pracitices. By bringing an alternative perspective to multinational institutions, schools, community centers and congressional hearings, the IC and its members actively educate, litigate, and truth-seek toward the end of social justice.

This committee has done work in Cuba, the Middle East, Korea, Haiti, and several other countries. Through participating in these projects members can build their skills and network. The cost of joining the International Committee is $25.

*NOTE: The International Committee has many subcommittees that focus on specific locations. There are also subcommittees for various human rights issues. For a complete list of their Subcommittees and additional contacts, please visit the International Committee website at, and follow them at

Get involved with us today and be part of building a more peaceful and just world!

Labor and Employment Committee

The L&EC serves as a liaison between the Guild and various organized labor and employment legal groups. The cost of joining is $35. Students can join for $15. For more information visit the L&EC website at

Mass Defense Committee

The Mass Defense Committee (MDC) is a network of lawyers, legal workers, and law students providing legal support for political activists, protesters and movements for social change. For more information on NLG mass defense work, visit our MDC web page.

Mass Incarceration Committee

The Mass Incarceration Committee exists in recognition that the use of incarceration in the United States has reached epidemic proportions and is the foremost civil rights, racial justice, and human rights concern of our times. The Committee's mission is to challenge the prison industrial complex in all its forms and advocate for prison abolition and alternatives to incarceration. For more information and to join the committee, contact Nora Carroll at

Military Law Task Force

The Guild opposes aggressive and interventionist military policies, and works to provide support for those in and out of the military who challenge such policies. The MLTF supports efforts to counter the military’s influence. The cost of joining this committee is $25. For more information visit the MLTF website.

National Immigration Project

The National Immigration Project is a network of immigration lawyers, law students, and legal workers who work to end unlawful immigration practices, to recognize the contributions of immigrants in this country, to promote fair immigration practices, and to expand the civil and human rights of all immigrants regardless of their status in this country. For more information, please visit the National Immigration Project website.

National Police Accountability Project

NPAP is a non-profit organization of plaintiff’s lawyers, law students and legal workers, which is dedicated to ending police abuse of authority through legal action, public education and support for grassroots and victims’ organizations involving police misconduct. Separate membership is required for NPAP.

Next Generation Committee

The Next Generation Committee (Next Gen) welcomes progressive law students, recent graduates, legal workers, young lawyers and jailhouse lawyers, and law school candidates interested in radical lawyering and social change. Next Gen sponsors social events, offers guidance and support to new members, and works to support and sustain the “next generation” of the Guild. The National Next Gen Committee helps develop and sustain local Next Gen chapters and promotes new leadership within the Guild. Email the NextGen Co-chairs at

Political Prisoner Support Committee

The National Lawyers Guild has established a Political Prisoner Support Committee (NLG PPSC) whose goal is to create a network of lawyers, legal workers, and law students committed to providing effective legal support for U.S. held political prisoners.
The  NLG PPSC exists in recognition that the United States targets and incarcerates activists, organizers and others affiliated with
progressive movements (See, for example,
The NLG has a long history supporting people locked up as a result of their movement work (See, and although we have very limited resources, we have recommitted ourselves to support U.S. held political prisoners, especially those who have been imprisoned for decades: for example, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, Oscar López Rivera, Sundiata Acoli, Jalil Muntaqim and Herman Bell. 
This Committee aims to connect each prisoner with a Guild member (lawyer, law student or legal worker) who lives nearby and who can work with the prisoner's existing support team (if there is one.) The NLG member will coordinate legal support such as, for example, representation at parole hearings or representation to ensure proper medical care. The inspiration for this work came from former prisoner Ray Luc Levasseur, and the committee was formed with the help of Lynne Stewart, Ralph Poynter & Sekou Odinga.
We are hoping to mobilize new lawyers and legal workers, as well as experienced attorneys who have represented the political prisoners for years. Our wish is that the veterans, along with the prisoners, will mentor those new to this work.  For more information, and to join the Committee, contact the PPSC Co-Chairs (Benjamin Evans, Judith Mirkinson, and Melinda Power) at

Prison Law Project

The Prison Law Project sends the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook to people in prison who request it. Volunteers are always welcome to come to the National Office for weekly mailings. To get involved, contact the PLP by visiting


Queer Caucus

The Queer Caucus provides a space for queer members to come together to discuss and strategize about work and their role within the NLG.

The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC)

TUPOCC is an alliance of law students, legal workers, attorneys and other people of color started at the 2004 convention in Birmingham, Alabama. TUPOCC is an avenue through which the concerns of people of color in the NLG can be represented.

Dues: $15-30, sliding scale.