Broad-Based Coalition Tackles Outrageous Fines and Fees in San Francisco Traffic Court

Stephanie Funt, Brittany Stonesifer and Stephen Bingham

Debt arising from traffic or criminal court matters touches the lives of many San Francisco residents and, by diverting limited funds or triggering unemployment, keeps them trapped in a cycle of poverty. A group of attorneys and community organizers have come together to try to break the cycle.

Updates From the UC Davis NLG Chapter

Aviva Simon, Class of 2018, UC Davis School of Law

Many of us at the UC Davis NLG Chapter were fortunate enough to attend the annual NLG conference held in Oakland last fall. We returned to Davis inspired by the speakers and fellow Guild members, and have put together a series of events to build on this momentum. This spring we are working with the UC Davis Cross-Cultural Center to develop an Anti-Racism Training specifically for law students, integrating cases and current legal issues to see how race shapes our experiences and principles, and in turn, our legal system.

Demo Defense 101: a CLE training for lawyers and legal activists

May 5, 2016

This training on defending demonstrators is intended for new lawyers, civil lawyers, legal workers and activists involved in legal, court and jail support work, and law students. You will learn about legal visits and jail release procedures, the criminal process, defending persons charged with misdemeanors, infractions or federal petty offenses in San Francisco and Alameda County, and working with the NLG and the Public Defender offices in both counties.

ICOP Training March 23, 2016 and Practitioner Request

March 23, 2016


TRAINING Wednesday March 23rd, 2016 6:30 to 7:30 PM

UC Hastings 100 McAllister Street "The Tower" Room 410

Hosted by: Hastings Students for Immigrants' Rights (HSIR) Snacks & Refreshments Provided

About: The NLG Immigration Committee is starting up an Immigration Court Observation Project (“ICOP”) in SF. ICOP’s goal is to bring greater transparency and accountability to the immigration court, by documenting the immigration hearings of pro se detained immigrants in San Francisco.

New Bay TUPOCC Leadership

After many years of coordinating Bay TUPOCC (The United People of Color Caucus), we are proud to announce our two new coordinators for 2016 (and hopefully beyond!): Please welcome them at your next event, and contact them at the information provided below.

Paloma Salazar, an alum of Occidental College, is a Legal Assistant at a small workers comp firm in Richmond that represents injured workers in the Contra Costa and Alameda county areas. She is currently working on her Paralegal certification at SF State Extended Learning and plans to use her skills to expand her legal work in the labor and employment sector. Along with legal work Paloma is also a visual artist, cyclist, and member of the La Peña Cultural Center community.

Jessica Lee is an attorney at the UC Hastings College of Law Center for WorkLife Law, where she works to advance gender equality in education and employment, with a focus on discrimination faced by pregnant persons. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Jessica was a Bertha Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where her work focused on violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, discrimination, and freedom of speech and information. Jessica’s other work and advocacy supports the M4BL, environmental justice, prisoners' rights, and reproductive freedom.

Relaunching an Economic Rights Task Force

The National Lawyers Guild has nearly twenty committees and task forces but none that deals with many of the economic justice issues confronting legal aid and other public interest law firms: welfare benefits, family law for survivors of domestic violence, health law, consumer law, education law, youth and elder law, to name a few. Only two committees, the Disability Rights Committee and the Labor and Employment Committees do work that forms the core of legal services work.

In the early 1980’s, a handful of people, including legendary legal aid lawyer Evelyn Frank and Art Heitzer, began the Guild’s Economic Rights Task Force. As part of ERTF’s early work in 1984, ERTF took on Gov. Pete Wilson and his welfare-bashing initiative, Proposition 41, which would have cut welfare benefits nearly in half. The Guild became an active member of Campaign for a Fair Share, a state-wide grassroots organization composed mainly of housing and homeless advocacy group and welfare recipients. Due to great community organizing around the State, Prop 41 was defeated by a 3-1 margin.

Homeless Man Attacked by Police Released from Jail

Charges Reduced After Videos Surface Showing 'Out-of-Control' Police

SACRAMENTO – A homeless protestor brutalized during a controversial arrest February 20th at the 80-day long homeless protest at City Hall was released Thursday without bail after multiple felony charges of battery on a police officer were reduced to simple misdemeanors, according to the National Lawyers Guild.

Doris Brin Walker Law Reform Committee

February 9, 2016

The Doris Brin Walker Law Reform Committee will meet in the East Bay on Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m. at Tamarindo Antojeria, 468 - 8th St., Oakland (between Broadway and Washington), very close to the 12th St. BART stop. We will discuss 4 proposed resolutions for the State Bar Conference of Delegates, and welcome others. The 4 proposed are (1) end solitary confinement; (2) ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; (3) law study without law school (and crushing debts); and, (4) marijuana legalization and regulation.


Subscribe to National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter RSS