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:

Introductions
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.

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.

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