80 years of meaningful social change in the Bay Area.
For over 80 years, the National Lawyers Guild has served as the legal arm of movements leading the fight for meaningful social change in the United States. As a progressive and leftist legal organization, the NLG has represented and defended activists in the courtrooms and on the streets.
The San Francisco / Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLGSF) has met this need for the past 50 years. Our chapter has played a significant role in supporting the resurgence of social movements demanding racial and economic justice in the Bay Area. With a membership of over 700 progressive law students, legal workers, jailhouse lawyers and attorneys, NLGSF is the largest NLG chapter in the country.
If you would like NLGSF to endorse your action or campaign, please email Jay Kim, Executive Director, at email@example.com.
NLGSF Chapter Specifics
Charlene Khoo joined NLGSF in 2018 with extensive experience as an organizer with Critical Resistance and Asians4BlackLives, fighting for racial justice, gender justice and the abolition of the prison industrial complex. She has a background in non-profit administration and fundraising and has worked at organizations including the Oakland Museum of California, the San Francisco SPCA and San Francisco State University.
Charlene previously worked in the anti-violence field as a case manager and advocate for survivors of domestic violence and trafficking. She received an MA in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University.
Brenna came to the NLGSF through the Law 4 the People internship in Fall 2019, and has since become the Membership Coordinator for the chapter. During her internship, she fundraised for the Guilds end-of-year efforts, and she is now expanding to include both fundraising and interpersonal outreach in her new role. Brenna is passionate about intersectional LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, and how the dissemination of information can protect at-risk communities. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice.
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Judith Mirkinson – President
Sara Kershnar – Vice President
Rachel Gendell – Treasurer
Sam Hamilton – Law School VP
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