Since the 1930s, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) has worked to advance human and civil rights. The NLG is a progressive bar association of lawyers, legal workers, and law students dedicated to overcoming political, social, and economic injustices. The Massachusetts Chapter of the NLG is joined by over 300 legal professionals, united in an organization which functions “as an effective political and social force in the service of people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.”

2015 NLG Annual Testimonial Dinner

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Read about the NLG Massachusetts Chapter’s work in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement here.


NLG Massachusetts Chapter Calls on the Government to Conduct an Independent Investigation into 2013 City Lockdown. Read the press release here.

NLG is on the ground providing legal support to protesters in Ferguson. To support these efforts, you can donate here. 

National Lawyers Guild Condemns Ongoing Arrests of Legal Observers in Ferguson 

NLG and Other Legal Groups Send Letter to ICC Urging an Investigation into Potential War Crimes Committed by Israel and US in Gaza under “Operation Protective Edge” 

National Lawyers Guild Urges US Government to Cease $3 Billion Annual Military Aid to Israel 

Message in memory of Rob Doyle by Carol Steinberg 

Action Alert: Sign the NLG Mass Statement to Stop Shackling Pregnant Incarcerated women 

Update: NLG and others claim a victory against shackling of pregnant incarcerated Women! 


Upcoming Events:   

NLG Presents.. Happy Hour: “From Arrest to Re-Entry”
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 6 PM
Red Hat Cafe (9 Bowdoin St., Boston)
NLG members Barb Dougan (Families Against Mandatory Minimums) and Bonnie Tenneriello (Prisoners’ Legal Services) will be joined by Andrea James (Families for Justice as Healing) and Norma Wassel (Massachusetts Bail Fund) in a discussion about what’s wrong with Massachusetts’ criminal justice system and what’s being done to fix it.


- This event has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. The rescheduled event date TBD. -
NLG Presents.. Happy Hour
Red Hat Cafe (9 Bowdoin St., Boston)
Judge Ray Dougan, who retired from the Boston Municipal Court last December, will speak about his collaboration with the NLG Mass Chapter on a new Court Watch program. The Program will send observers to selected district courts to monitor basic fairness. All NLG members interested in working on the program are encouraged to participate in this event.

Logo small2015 NLG Northeast Regional Conference

Friday, April 17- Sunday, April 19, 2015
Western New England School of Law, Springfield
The theme of the conference is “How can radical lawyering support radical movements?” Registration is now open here. For more information and updates, visit the Facebook page!



2015 NLG Massachusetts Chapter Annual Testimonial Dinner

Friday, May 15, 2015
Dante Alighieri Cultural Center (41 Hampshire St., Cambridge)

Honorees: J.W. Carney, JR. (Lawyer), Iris Gomez (Rob Doyle Lawyer Award), Karen “Rudy” Renaud (Legal Worker), and Amy Willis (Student).

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NLG & ACLUM Reveal Pattern of Police
Spying and Surveillance.

Boston Police Violate their own Rules in Spying on People Expressing their First Amendment Right


Over the last ten years, the U.S. government has increased its scrutiny of dissenting political voices in the country to a degree that is almost unprecedented in history.  

In response, in August 2011, the National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter (NLG) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM) filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on behalf of local activists and organizations to challenge the Boston Police Department’s (BPD) refusal to release public records concerning its ongoing surveillance of peaceful political demonstrations and events.  

As a result of the lawsuit, the BPD released documents and video footage which show the extraordinary extent to which local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, combining their forces in one of 72 regional domestic surveillance centers (the Boston Regional Intelligence Center – BRIC), routinely monitor, spy, and report on ordinary citizens engaged in peaceful, First Amendment-protected activities.  The shocking scope of this police misconduct demonstrates how far we have gone down the road to becoming a country obsessed with surveillance and control, with little or no regard for the constitutional rights or privacy of the people.
On October 16, 2012, the NLG & ACLUM sent a letter to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis demanding that the surveillance and monitoring of peaceful activists and organizations stop immediately and that mechanisms be created to ensure transparency and accountability of the BRIC and its officers.


On October 18, 2012, the NLG & ACLUM released documents and video footage (BPD protest footage and BPD police training on Occupy Boston) obtained through the filing of the FOIA lawsuit, and a report with an analysis of those documents and videos.To view the NLG/ACLUM press release or read additional documents, click the links below.

As reported by Channel 7 WHDH-TV News


2010-3-29–FOIA Request from NLG
2010-5-18–FOIA Response to NLG
2010-12-2–FOIA Response to NLG-
2011-6-24–FOIA Request from ACLU
2011-7-12–FOIA Response to ACLU


Memorandum of Understanding-BPS and Revere
Memorandum of Understanding-BPD and Chelsea
Memorandum of Understanding-BPD and Cambridge
Memorandum of Understanding-BPD and Brookline
Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Equipment
DHS privacy letter to BRIC
BRIC SARS powerpoint
BRIC privacy policy
BRIC ISE SAR Privacy Policy
BRIC Criminal Intel File Guidelines


BPD Intelligence Reports

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