80 years of meaningful social change in the Bay Area.

In these highly charged political times, the work of the Guild has never been more urgent. From attacks on our most marginalized communities to an escalating effort to suppress dissent, the need for progressive resistance – and protections for those who choose to resist – is dire.

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 jaykim@nlgsf.org.

Our Team

Charlene Khoo

Charlene Khoo

Program Director

Pronouns: She/Her or They/Them
Email: charlene@nlgsf.org
Phone: 415-285-5067 Ext. 101

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 Showalter

Brenna Showalter

Membership Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her
Email: brenna@nlgsf.org

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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NLGSF provides legal support for demonstrations and direct actions organized by progressive groups who oppose racism, sexism, classism, fascism, heteropatriarchy and transphobia.

Executive Board

Judith Mirkinson – President
Sara Kershnar – Vice President
Rachel Gendell – Treasurer
Sam Hamilton – Law School VP

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Rachel Lederman
Debra Murov
Leila Sayed-Taha
Katie Tertocha
Karen Jo Koonan

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Hasmik Geghamyan
Terry Koch
Alisa Whitfield

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