The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic systems. The oldest and most extensive network of public interest and human rights activists working within the law, the NLG was founded in 1937 as an inclusive response to the unacceptable racial segregation of the American Bar Association.
Today, we continue to be a radical legal organization in service of the people. Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of people of color, women, LGBTQ* people, workers, farmers, and people with disabilities; who seek actively to call out and disempower structural racism; who challenge the default assumption that the white heteropatriarchal perspective is “neutral”; who work to maintain and protect civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; who believe that human rights are more sacred than property interests; and who look to the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their oppression.
The Guild’s Penn Law Chapter aims to give voice to alternative narratives, to create spaces for rational responses to systemic injustices, and to remind Penn Law’s public interest community about why they came to law school in the first place.
Penn NLG Board, 2017-18: Matthew A. Feldman*, Kimberly Grambo, Patricia Liverpool, Emily Lubin, Emma Morgenstern*, Charlie Rosenthal, Laily Sheybani, Shawn Summers, Ian Wahrenbrock, Frances Weil