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.

Military Law Task Force FOIA Hearing

March 26, 2007

Come hear NLG Military Law Task Force lawyers, Colleen Flynn, Chris Ford, and Gordon Kaupp, argue the Task Force's Freedom of Information request (FOIA) before the federal district court in San Francisco on March 26th at 2:00 p.m.

We have asked for the Rules of Engagement and all other Department of Justice, State Department, CENTCOM, and Department of Defense Directives and orders pertaining to the shooting incident involving Sgrena in 2005 and for Fallujah throughout 2004. The government has been stalling for two years now.

Annual Testimonial Dinner

March 24, 2007

Gifted lawyer and dedicated Guild member, Dennis Cunningham, is being honored by our chapter in 2007. Well known for his masterful work on the civil rights suit against the FBI for the false arrest and media smear of Earth First! activists Judy Bari and Darryl Cherney after their car was firebombed in 1992.

Click here for direction to the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Download a copy of the invite as a pdf file by clicking here.

NLG Annual Testimonial Dinner Honors Dennis Cunningham

On Saturday, March 24, 2007, the Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLGSF) honored Dennis Cunningham with our Spirit of Justice Award at the 27th Annual NLGSF Testimonial Dinner.

A gifted lawyer and dedicated Guild activist, Cunningham was inspired by the emerging civil rights movement when he began his legal career in the 1960s. Admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1967, Dennis cut his teeth defending protesters arrested in riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Democratic National Convention in 1968.

"The Forest for the Trees" Viewing at GGU

March 15, 2007

Come out and see a film about this year's Testimonial Dinner hinoree Dennis Cunningham!

GGU NLG presents:
The Forest for the Trees
Judi Bari v. The FBI
A Film by Bernadine Mellis

Thursday, March 15th
5-6:30 p.m. room 2203
At the Golden Gate University School of Law (536 Mission @ 1st st.)

Question and Answer Session with Attorney Dennis Cunningham (honoree of the 2007 NLG testimonial dinner) and reception to Follow.

NLG Law Student Day Against the Death Penalty

March 1, 2007

Law student chapters across the country organize against the death penalty on March 1. You can find information from our national office here: www.nlg.org/deathpenalty/. Here are some events planned for the Bay Area:

University of San Francisco
Wednesday, Feb. 28

12:25-1:30, Kendrick Hall Room 100
Death Penalty debate between Elizabeth Zitrin (Amnesty International) and Kent Scheidegger (California Justice Legal Foundation); moderated by Dean Jeffrey Brand.

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