National Lawyers Guild

National Lawyers Guild

National Lawyers Guild

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The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is a bar association in the United States "dedicated to the need for basic and progressive change in the structure of our political and economic system . . . to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests."

Its members include lawyers, law students, paralegals, legal secretaries, "jailhouse lawyers", and other legal workers. It was founded in 1937 as an alternative to the American Bar Association (in protest of the ABA's then policy of excluding blacks and Jews from membership) and has several local chapters across the country as well as a number of Committees and Projects. It is an affiliate of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, which was considered a Soviet front organization by American authors in the decades before the break-up of the Soviet Union.See the following:
  • The NLG web site lists the following aims:
  • to eliminate racism;
  • to safeguard and strengthen the rights of workers, women, farmers and minority groups, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends;
  • to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them;
  • to use the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.

The NLG has historically been noted for its championing of progressive and left-wing causes. Currently, the NLG opposes the......
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