Guild Lawyer Defends Iraq War Memorial

Originally published in Contra Costa Lawyer.

Over three years ago, when "only" 200 soldiers had died in Iraq the organizers of the Iraq Memorial made 20 crosses and put them on a Lafayette hillside. This brought the police, who stopped and questioned the organizers as they were placing the crosses. People in passing cars yelled furiously at them. Although the crosses were on private property and did not violate the Lafayette sign ordinance, they were vandalized and destroyed that night. This speech was not allowed.

Judge Orders Discharge of Conscientious Objector from the Marines

On March 29, United States District Court Judge James Ware of San Jose, CA, ordered the discharge of Bay Area reservist Robert Zabala from the Marines as a conscientious objector. Zabala brought suit in Federal Court seeking a discharge after the Marines had refused to grant his application for discharge as a conscientious objector to war. The court ordered that Zabala be discharged in 15 days.

Far West Regional Convention

March 31, 2007

The 2007 Far West Regional Convention will happen at McGeorge School of law on March 31, 2007. McGeroge School of Law, Classroom C, 3200 5th Ave. Sacramento, CA. The Far West Region includes California and Hawaii.

[Download the flier](/docs/07 Far West Conference.pdf)

Convention Agenda

Panel Discussions:
9:30am Police Accountability Workshop
10:30am Immigration Raids and Punitive Legislation
11:30am Military Law Workshop: Counter Recruitment and Aiding Conscientious Objectors

Military Law Task Force meeting

March 28, 2007

The next Bay Area Military Law Task Force meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 28th at 7 p.m. at California Appellate Project office at 101 Second Street, Suite 600, San Francisco.

Here's a proposed agenda:

Report on NLG Military Law Task Force- Marti Hiken
Presentation (still being decided)
Discussion of cases

Legal Observer Training

March 28, 2007

We will be training new legal observers at our office, 558 Capp Street, at 6:30 p.m.

Legal Observers are a critical part of our Demonstrations legal support work. They are trained to gather evidence during the course of a protest or demonstration, particularly involving law enforcement. This evidence can be critical if there is a need to aid criminal defendants or litigate following civil rights violations.

For more information see our demonstrations committee page.


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