Resources for Protestors

Information from the National Lawyers Guild

The NLG’s largest and most active chapters are their “Staffed Chapters” of NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Michigan, and Massachusetts.

National Lawyers Guild-NYC (NLG-NYC) 
NLG-NYC has a proud history. For over 84 years, the NLG has provided support for the struggles for racial justice, civil rights and workers’ rights. The NLG was the first organization to send lawyers to the South to support the fight for desegregation and voting rights; the NLG was the first national bar organization to oppose the Vietnam War.
14 East 4th Street, Suite 601 New York, NY 10012
  • Primary Contact: Susan Howard, NLG-NYC Executive Director,
  • New York City Legal Support Hotline: (212) 679-6018
  • Website:
National Lawyers Guild Massachusetts
National Lawyers Guild Washington, D.C.
  • Primary Contacts:,
  • DC Legal Support Hotline: 202-850-0010
  • Website:
National Lawyers Guild New Jersey ( Rutgers Law School) 
  • email:
  • Primary Contact: (Paul) Stanley Holdorf,
  • Statewide New Jersey Legal Support Hotline: (833) 336-5654 ext. 700
  • The National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Program is a network of activists, community members, organizers, legal workers, law students, and lawyers providing legal support for protests and movements taking an abolitionist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, and anti-imperialist approach to human rights work.  Members across the country provide Know-Your-Rights and Legal Observer® trainings, assistance in setting up temporary legal offices and legal support structures, Legal Observer® coverage during protest events, materials for supporting activists engaged in mass protests, and more.

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NLG Chapters are organized into regions. Click on a region below to see the local chapters and their contact information to connect to a chapter near you!
Know-Your-Rights for Protesters

The NLG’s updated Know Your Rights: A Guide for Protesters booklet is a more comprehensive version of their classic pamphlet, with more information for protesters at higher risk of being targeted by law enforcement. This resource is best to use in advance of an action or demonstration, to give you the kinds of information that will help you know your rights and risks. Because it is much longer than the original version, it may take longer to read.