Upcoming Events

Medical Marijuana Training for Lawyers (CLE)

April 19, 2010

Calling all lawyers interested in medical marijuana litigation:
Attend a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course on medical marijuana at Hastings School of Law in San Francisco on April 19th at 6pm.

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is teaming up with the Bay Area chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) to co-sponsor a rare CLE on medical marijuana in California. This training will help you better understand the complicated laws surrounding medical marijuana, and is strongly encouraged if you are a criminal defense or civil attorney.

Cruz Reynoso Film Screening (GGU)

April 1, 2010

Abby Ginzberg, producer and director of two films about the Guild's history, and the 2006 Champion of Justice Honoree has just completed her latest film - Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice.

The film will screen at Golden Gate Law School April 1st at 4:30 followed by a panel discussion with Hon. Cruz Reynoso; Hon. Joseph Grodin, Jose Padilla and Jim Brosnahan

also on
April 22-at 5:30pm at Hastings College of the Law followed by a post-film discussion with Cruz Reynoso and filmmaker, Abby Ginzberg

"Intentional Professional Misconduct"

March 31, 2010

"Intentional Professional Misconduct": Analysis of the DOJ's internal investigation into authorship of the torture memos.

A Lecture by Jameel Jaffer, Director of the
ACLU's National Security Program

What were the findings in the Office of Professional Responsibility's report?

What are the possible legal, legislative and advocacy steps moving forward?

Annual Testimonial Dinner Honoring Champions of Justice Matt Ross and David Weintraub

March 27, 2010

This year our chapter is honoring two Champions of Justice: Matt Ross & David Weintraub. We are also honoring Megan Books as our Unsung Hero. The big event will be March 27 at the Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway near 12th Street BART.

A reception will begin at 5:30 PM, followed by dinner at 7:30. Featured speakers will include Mike Casey, president of UniteHere! Local 2 and the San Francisco Labor Council, as well as Beverly Tucker, Former Chief Counsel for the California Teachers Association, and Assemblymember Bill Monning.

Chapter Happy Hour

March 19, 2010

National Lawyers Guild-SF Bay Area Chapter Happy Hour @ Somar:

Join progressive law students, lawyers, and other legal workers from around the Bay Area to make connections, chat, and learn about NLG's Bay Area work. We will start arriving around 5pm and plan to stay until about 8pm.

Non-lawyer legal workers are welcome to mix and mingle with us!

MIXER: 5-8pm
LOCATION: Somar, 1727 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Then stay after as Somar Presents: Friday FUNK! with DJ Kimani.

Sparks Fly 2010

March 13, 2010

The NLGSF is an endorser of this evening in celebration of Marilyn Buck and Women Political Prisoners

When: Saturday, March 13, 2010, 7 PM
10 PM Dance Party with DJ Kuttin Kandi

Where: Uptown Body and Fender Garage, 401 26th St., Oakland (Telegraph Ave)

Art Auction, Speakers and Music including, Maisha Quint, devorah major, Phavia Kujichagulia, Kayla Marin, Yuri Kochiyama, Graciela Perez-Trevisan & Bomberas de la Bahia Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba Plena

$10-50 (no one turned away)

Hearing on Youth Immigrant Policy

March 4, 2010

On Thursday, March 4, at 10:30am, the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors' Rules Committee
Thurs. March 4, 2010, 10:30a.m.
SF City Hall, Room 263

The Board of Supervisors Rules Committee will hold a hearing at city hall to discuss why City Attorney Herrera is not implementing the Board-enacted youth immigrant policy. The San Francisco Immigrant Rights Defense Committee, of which the NLGSF is a member, hopes to use the occasion to advocate for implementation.

Legal Observer Training

March 2, 2010

Come learn to ensure police accountability during free speech activity and protests. Tuesday, March 2; 4:30-5:30; Golden Gate University, 536 Mission Street, San Francisco, room 2202. Snacks will be provided.

Students who attend will be able to put their skills to use directly in the activism that occurs on March 4th - so come support public education and come support free speech!

Co-sponsored by the ACLU and BLSA.

NLG Happy Hour

February 26, 2010

Come meet and mingle with awesome NLG attorneys and student members. This month we will be meeting up at 111 Minna in San Francisco. Join us from 5 - 8 PM!

Doris Brin Walker Law Reform Committee

February 24, 2010

The next meeting of the Doris Brin Walker Law Reform Committee (formerly the State Bar Committee) will be February 24, 2010 at Don Ramon's Mexican Restaurant at 6:30PM. No host dinner. Please invite interested friends to join us.

Don Ramon's is conveniently located near the Van Ness Muni Station.
Don Ramon's Mexican Restaurant
225 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: (415) 864-2700

Bay Area Military Law Panel Meeting

February 23, 2010

The next Bay Area Military Law Panel meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. at 3050 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley; 510/848-4752, x4. The office is 2 blocks east of the Ashby BART, between Ashby and Alcatraz.

Elinor Roberts will provide an update on the recent settlement of litigation brought againt the V.A. on behalf of PTSD veterans. It's great to hear about legal success stories. Elinor is Legal Director at Swords to Plowshares.

After the presentation we will discuss current cases and trends.

New members are welcome.

Testimonial Dinner Committee Gathering

February 23, 2010

The next meeting to organize our chapter's annual Testimonial Dinner will be on February 23 at 6:30 PM in the East Bay. There will be food and drink and we could use help stuffing envelopes.

The Testimonial Dinner, this year on March 27, is the biggest fund raiser for the chapter. Getting involved in planning and executing the event is a great way to contribute to the chapter, meet other volunteers, and add your voice and creativity to a project that highlights our chapter and some of its members to hundreds of attendees every year. Please join us.

Legal Marijuana: Policy Implications In California

February 22, 2010

Sponsored by the UC-Hastings NLG chapter.

When California taxes and regulates marijuana, how will other state policies be affected?

JOIN US 12p-1p Monday 2/22/10 at UC-Hastings Room A (198 McAllister St.) for a panel discussion featuring:

Prof. Hadar Aviram, UC-Hastings College of the Law
Prof. Alex Kreit, The Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Quintin Mecke, Communications Director, AB390 sponsor Assm. Tom Ammiano.