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The Los Angeles chapter of the National Lawyers Guild provides the following resources. None of these resources or their contents constitute legal advice from NLG-LA.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can an NLG Lawyer take my case?

NLG staff does not do any casework, or provide legal advice. The NLG-LA Weinglass Political Defense Committee may assist in coordinating the criminal defense of those arrested during political protests or actions. If you would like the assistance of the Weinglass Political Defense Committee, please email Otherwise, please check out our "links" page for additional resources.

I can't afford membership dues, how can I get involved with NLG?

Ability to pay dues should not be a bar to your involvement with the NLG-LA. Please email to request a dues adjustment or to learn about other ways to get involved.

Are my donations to NLG-LA tax deductible?

To make a tax-deductible donation to our chapter, please write a check to the "National Lawyers Guild Foundation" and write in the memo line "For NLG-LA". You can mail this check to our office address and we will forward the donation on to the NLG Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation.

Can the NLG endorse my candidacy for political office?

The NLG-LA is a non-partisan organization and does not support or endorse political candidates.

How can I intern with the NLG? Do you have any job openings?

The NLG-LA does not have any current internship or job opportunities. If you are a student, we recommend you start or become a member of your law school's Guild Chapter. You can also become a student member of our chapter here. To network with other attorneys within our association, we recommend that you become a member and join one of our programmatic committees. Also check out one of our many meetings or events.

How do I get NLG to provide a training to my group? How do I get an NLG speaker?

Please fill out this form.

Legal Observing

NLG-LA provides legal observation in support of progressive social movements whenever our volunteer resources permit. To request legal observers at your action or protest, please send a request as far in advance of the action as possible. Please be prepared to provide detailed information regarding the protest. We ONLY send out requests to our network of legal observers after a request has been properly fielded by NLG staff and sufficient information has been provided.

Know Your Rights

NLG-LA offers Know Your Rights presentations whenever our volunteer resources permit. These presentations largely provide local and on-the-ground context to the excellent KYR material developed by NLG's national office (listed below). To request a KYR presentation, please click here.