Since 2007 the NLGSF has compiled the latest law and policies into Know Your Rights information for the transgender community. This August we have once again published resources on Criminal, Immigration, Housing & Employment law, both for download and to browse online. In addition, we've added a Know Your Rights manual for sex workers, with a focus on transgender sex workers. The manuals could be helpful for people throughout the country, but is intended primarily for those in California and especially in the Bay Area.
Seconds after an Oakland Police Officer shattered Scott Olsen’s skull with a lead-filled munition, Officer Robert Roche threw an explosive teargas grenade at persons who were attempting to come to Olsen’s aid as he lay critically injured on the ground in clear view of the police. Roche was fired, but on July 30, an arbitrator overturned the termination and reinstated him with full back pay.
We are a group of Berkeley Law alumni and current students, community members, lawyers and other legal workers who are writing to you to express complete outrage and disappointment in Berkeley Law’s decision to honor John Yoo with an endowed faculty chair.
John Yoo is most notorious for his legal memos used to justify torture of detainees and warrantless domestic spying during the George W. Bush administration.
The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) condemns the actions of the SFPD officers on the scene at a protest in the Mission Saturday evening. We believe the officers acted irresponsibly and that this was an attack on free speech and freedom of expression, as well as the Guild’s legal observer program. We believe all charges against those arrested should be dropped and we are committed to taking all legal action necessary to stop these civil rights violations from recurring.
Chapter member and former National and Chapter President, Karen Jo Koonan, participated in a five person NLG delegation to Palestine from May 18-24. The following is an initial statement reporting on what the delegation learned. A full report will be presented to the NLG Convention in September.
Approximately 200 Palestinians from the West Bank have been held for months or years by Israeli occupation forces without access to a just legal system, members of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) learned in a fact-finding delegation from May 18-24, 2014. A formal report is forthcoming, but several observations merit preliminary mention.