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.”


NLG Massachusetts Chapter and Prisoners’ Legal Services File Lawsuit against Department of Correction for their failure to provide proper treatment of Hepatitis C in state prisons. Read the press release here.

NLG Massachusetts Chapter Files Lawsuit against Boston Police and Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) for their violations of the Massachusetts Freedom of Information Act (MassFOIA). Read the press release here.

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.

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:   

Venezuelan Independence Commemoration
Monday, July 6 from 11:15 AM – 2 PM
Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Sq.

Please join us in attending the 204th Commemoration of the Declaration of Independence of Venezuela, hosted by The Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Boston, where the NLG Massachusetts Chapter will be given a Diploma in recognition of our strong, consistent collaboration and solidarity with the General Consulate.
The event will begin at 11:15 with the hoisting of the Venezuelan Flag (City Hall flag poles, at Congress St.) followed by a receiption at 12 PM at Piemonte Room, 5th fl, City Hall.


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Building Sustainable Organizations and Movements for Economic Transformation:
Lessons from the National Lawyers Guild

A presentation by Jules Lobel
brought to you by the NLG Mass and United for a Fair Economy
Wednesday, July 8 from 4:30 PM – 6 PM
1st fl. conference room of the National Lawyers Guild

14 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108
The National Lawyers Guild, founded in 1937, is one of the few radical organizations that has been able to survive and sustain its commitment to egalitarian economic, social and political politics for the past 80 years.  This talk will address why the NLG has been able to do so, where virtually all other progressive organizations of the ’30s either died or were co-opted, and will ask what lessons the Guild’s history has for building a broader, sustained transformational movement for equality.

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NLG Annual Summer Retreat

Thursday, July 23 from 3 PM – 8 PM
Judy Somberg’s house in Inman Sq., Cambridge
Please call 617-227-7008 or email us to get the address.
The Annual Summer retreat serves as a forum for our members to be engaged, in an informal way, in a conversation about our Chapter’s political work, governance, and finances. Snacks and beverages will be provided!
Please call the office at 617-227-7335 if you have any questions about the retreat.

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NLG 2015 Law for the People Convention
Wednesday, October 21 – Sunday, October 25, 2015
Marriott Oakland City Center, Oakland, CA

You’re invited to the NLG’s annual ‪‎Law for the People‬ Convention, October 21-25 in Oakland, CA, for 5 days of panels, workshops, CLEs and camaraderie! This year, our Keynote Speaker will be Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, and programming will address topics including housing and labor rights, racial justice, police accountability, international law, and much more.

Check out the details on the NLG website or the Facebook event. Registration and other details coming soon…



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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