The National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter is a radical legal nonprofit organization dedicated to overcoming political, social, and economic injustice.




Read about our recent work..

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:   

NLG Court Watch Program Meeting
Thursday, September 3, 1:00-3:00 PM

NLG Conference Room, 14 Beacon St., 1st Fl., Boston

The Massachusetts Chapter has collaborated with Judge Raymond Dougan and established a new Court Watch Program. Our plan is to have observers in local district courts and monitor courts’ fairness. Email or call us if you plan to attend this meeting or if you would like to be involved.

NLG Presents.. Happy Hour
Wednesday, September 9, 6:00-8:00 PM
Red Hat Cafe, 9 Bowdoin St., Boston

Venezuela and Haiti:  Two elections coming up. One country has the best electoral process in the world according to Jimmy Carter, but the U.S. State Department always downplays the results of that process. In the other, a President largely installed through U.S. manipulation of election results in 2010 has not held any elections in over 4 years, leaving every elected office in the country vacant except for 10 Senate seats and President. Come hear a discussion of the common US policies that lead to such divergent support for election processes in the two countries. Judy Somberg, recently back from an NLG delegation to Venezuela, will talk about the lead up to the legislative elections there. Brian Concannon, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, will talk about the run-up to presidential, legislative, and municipal elections in Haiti.  Also come hear about how to get involved in NLG international work.

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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 eventPre-registration is open and if you register before September 10 and are a current NLG member, you will receive 20% off!


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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