Since the uprising started over the summer, protesters have been arrested, harassed, and targeted by the state. Many might ask what we can do in response to this type of repression.
This Thursday Law 4 Black Lives DC is hosting an anti-repression training. Come hear from a federal criminal defense attorney on your rights and ways to fight against State and Federal Repression.
The training is Thursday 6:30pm to 830pm
Register here https://tinyurl.com/y55pltbo
Please join us TODAY at 7:00pm as our organizations make a joint commitment to focus on bettering the quality of life for all students – together.
We will not accept the status quo. We want to hear from you!
Ni’Jah Richardson, President, Black Law Students Association
Autumn James, Vice President, Black Law Students Association
Miranda Walker, President, Q***r Equity Council
Kyle Coleman, President, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Arriana Sajjad, Vice President, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Paola Flores, President, Immigration Law Association
Sabrina Marquez, President, Latin American Law Student Association
John Cardozo, Vice President, Latin American Law Student Association
Katelyn Keegan, President, Disabled Law Students Association
Shea Roodberg, President, If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
Cooper Gerus, President, Students for Public Interest
Thank you in advance to the following organizations for reaching out and joining our efforts this evening:
Jewish Law Students Association; International Law Society; Society for Equity in Education; Criminal Law Association; American Constitution Society; National Lawyers Guild; and Military and Government Association!
Image Descriptor: Flyer that says, “Be the Change.”
Building Movement Project and SolidarityIs are launching the Solidarity Semester, a free five-week series on social change roles and solidarity practices especially tailored for young people ages 18-25 who are interested in honing their awareness and building their skills to address the pressing structural issues facing our country.
The Solidarity Semester includes two one-hour sessions every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6pm EST/3pm PST) between September 15 and October 15. On Tuesdays, we will be on Zoom, and on Thursdays, we will be on Instagram Live in conversation with movement leaders including Ahmad Abuznaid, Greisa Martinez, Judith Browne-Dianis, Alex Tom, and Janeen Comenote.
Here are two quick links to learn more:
1. An FAQ about the Solidarity Semester
2. The link to register for the series.
PLAN clerkships afford law students unique opportunities to gain practical legal experience as fully integrated members of legal response teams, and to impart what is frequently life-transforming impact with people inside through the allocation of 3-5 pro bono hours per week. (Senior Clerks commit to 5-7 hours per week for two semesters, or 10-15 hours per week for one.) PLAN routinely certifies pro bono hours for PLAN clerks, and PLAN attorneys supervise clerks for externship or clinic credit upon request.
This year's scope of work includes PLAN's emergency COVID-19 response and legal services to prisoner activists who are suffering retaliation due to their peaceful participation in the 2020 national prison strike (information about our defense of jailhouse lawyers and prisoner activists following the 2018 strike can be found here).
Law students who are interested in applying for an autumn placement with PLAN should submit application materials to this address as soon as practicable. https://www.nlg.org/plan/volunteering/clerkship/
Movement Lawyering with the NLG
Wednesday, September 2 @ 4pm ET/1 pm PT
Join NLG legal practitioners and educators for a webinar on movement lawyering and how to use the law to support social movements! These skills are often not taught in law schools, so Guild members will offer an overview of what it means to be a movement lawyer and examples of careers that are in line with these principles.
Cait De Mott Grady (she/her) [Moderator] is the outgoing NLG Student National Vice President who works as a public defender in Detroit and loves growing giant sunflowers. Cait’s movement lawyering framework and experience are grounded in her lifetime of involvement in the Catholic Worker movement and the anti-war and anti-nuclear movement.
Azadeh Shahshahani (she/her) is Legal & Advocacy Director at Project South and a past president of the NLG. Azadeh has worked for 15 years in the U.S. South to protect & defend the human rights of immigrants and Muslim, Middle Eastern, and South Asian communities.
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan (she/her) is Senior Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a national racial justice and immigrants’ rights organization, and is past President of the National Lawyers Guild.
Elena L. Cohen (she/her) is the current president of the NLG, and a partner at a small firm focusing on the needs of LGBTQ people and people who have experienced police misconduct.
Sarah David Heydemann (she/her) is an organizer turned lawyer who has worked in workers’ rights for many years, in labor unions, worker centers, civil rights non-profits and firms. She is currently Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, focusing on workplace justice issues.
The NLG is organizing a Law Student group against ICE.
Westlaw and LexisNexis are ubiquitous across the legal field as the foremost legal research services. But at law schools across the country, students are drawing attention to these companies’ role in the United States’ violently racist immigration system. Westlaw’s parent company Thomson Reuters, and LexisNexis’s parent company RELX, both have large-scale data contracts with ICE. Thomson Reuters profits from six distinct contracts with ICE for an estimated value of over $54 million. These include its CLEAR platform and its license plate reader database. Meanwhile, in 2013 ICE called the databases it accesses through its LexisNexis contracts “mission critical”. In short, these data contracts are helping ICE target immigrants for arrest, caging, and deportation.
So, Law Students Against ICE was founded in response— we feel that Westlaw and Lexis’s contracts with ICE is a practice we are in a unique position to challenge. Westlaw and Lexis get so many special privileges from law school administrations — from access to student listservs, to space to hold sponsored research training, to free closet space — that they have a lot of exposure on law school campuses. We felt we had a contribution we could make to the larger and immigrant rights movements. NLG student chapters make up the base of the Law Students Against ICE backbone, and NLG student support has been a big part of what has allowed us to expand so rapidly.
If you want to be a part of the national Law Students Against ICE coalition, please join our listserv by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/uWmaw24LRaf5gn3w5
We will be co-hosting a Legal Observer training. All are welcome and food will be provided. Hope to see folks!
Maryland's National Lawyer Guild chapter will be meeting tomorrow, Sept 17, at 6 pm in the University of Baltimore Law School room 803