Our committees work to support social & community justice.
Bay Area Military Law Panel
The National Lawyers Guild opposes aggressive and interventionist military policies, as well as abusive treatment of service members and veterans. The NLGSF Bay Area Military Law Panel is the local working group of the Military Law Task Force. The Bay Area Military Panel is for lawyers, law students, legal workers and “Barracks Lawyers’ who are interested in draft, military and veterans’ issues. Committee members staff the GI Rights Hotline, provide individual representation to GI’s and veterans, and collaborate on challenges to oppressive military policies.
The Demonstrations Committee is a network of lawyers, legal workers and law students who provide legal support for political activists, protesters and movements for social justice. Volunteer members provide Know Your Rights trainings, Legal Observer trainings, rapid response trainings, and legal support for activists who are arrested during demonstrations.
Doris Brin Walker Legislative Reform Committee
The Doris Brin Walker Legislative Reform Committee participates in many Bar related activities throughout the year. Most importantly, the Committee drafts and initiates progressive resolutions on behalf of NLGSF for consideration and debate among delegates to the annual State Bar Convention. The Conference of California Bar Associations then helps resolutions approved at the State Bar Convention become law through its Legislative Program.
This year, the Committee has submitted five resolutions to the State Bar Convention, which will be held in September in San Diego, CA, advocating for the following positions:
–Increased funding for Community Boards
–Compensation to families of unarmed persons killed by police
–Increased reporting requirements for use of Tasers by law enforcement
–Limiting ICE actions in public schools or state buildings to persons with warrants
–Prohibiting local government acquisition of surplus military equipment without public approval
The Committee is named after late radical lawyer Doris Brin Walker, who was the first female President of the National Lawyers Guild and helped clear activist Angela Davis of murder and kidnapping charges in the 1970’s.
NLGSF opposes efforts to detain and deport people based on their status as migrants and immigrants and works to improve the laws and policies that affect immigrant communities. The NLGSF Immigration Committee is comprised of attorneys, students, and legal workers who work together to provide Know Your Rights trainings, engage in rapid response work, and run the Immigration Court Observation Program (ICOP). The Committee’s listserv of over 200 members also provides a space for practitioners to keep updated on changes to the law and policy, seek practice advice from other immigration attorneys and legal workers, and to support communities and organizations fighting mass deportation and the criminalization of immigrants.
Know Your Rights Trainings
Immigration Court Observation Program (ICOP)
The Mentorship / NextGen Committee seeks to serve as a catalyst for active communication between law school chapters, recent graduates, long-time Guild members and the chapter’s active committees. Through regular meetings and events, the goal of the Committee is to grow the Guild by building lasting, inspiring relationships between NLGSF members. The Mentorship / NextGen Committee provides opportunities for NLGSF members to share ideas, solicit advice, find a mentor or mentee and explore opportunities for partnership in local projects… learn more about how to get involved.
Become a Mentor / Become a Mentee
The NextGen Committee seeks to cultivate future generations of radical and progressive lawyers and legal workers through two mentorship programs: the Attorney Mentor Match Program and the Law Office Study Program (LOSP)
Attorney Mentor Match Program
The Mentor Match Program pairs new lawyers and law students seeking guidance with Guild attorney mentors looking to share their experiences and knowledge with those newer to the profession.
For Mentees: NLGSF members who are law students and recent law school graduates are eligible to be matched with a Guild mentor mentor. If you are interested in being matched with a Guild mentor, click here.
For Mentors: Guild mentors make themselves available to their mentees for regular contact by phone or email and agree to meet with their mentees in person at least twice/year. If you are interested in becoming a Guild mentor, click here
Law Office Study Program (LOSP)
The Guild’s LOSP is for individuals interested in becoming attorneys through supervised apprenticeships in law offices in lieu of attending a traditional law school. LOSP mentees commit to working in a Guild law office for at least 18 hours/week during regular business hours, to take monthly examinations, and to complete all necessary paperwork and pay all fees required by the California State Bar. To learn more about the requirements of this program, please reference the California State Bar rules.
For LOSP Mentees interested in being assigned to a mentor, click here
For LOSP Mentors: Mentors agree to supervise a Guild LOSP mentee at least 18 hours/week during regular business hours in his/her/their law office, conduct and grade a written examination once/month, and file semi-annual reports to the California State Bar. If you are interested in becoming a Guild LOSP mentor, click here
Due to capacity of our all-volunteer run committee, we do not currently offer any mentorship program for legal workers or non-attorneys outside of LOSP.
United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC)
The United People of Color Caucus (TUPOCC) is an alliance of law students, legal workers and attorneys of color within the NLG community. Members of TUPOCC engage in collective struggle around what it means to be people of color in a field that continues to be dominated by white practitioners.
The Finance Committee oversees the Chapter’s financial state of affairs, including the budget and fundraising efforts.
Testimonial Dinner Committee
The Testimonial Dinner Committee helps plan and execute our annual fundraiser, including identifying honorees, outreach for the event and event logistics.