We exist to provide a home for progressive and radical students at Michigan Law. The National Lawyers Guild is the nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association and was the first one in the U.S. to be racially integrated. We are a student chapter affiliated with the Detroit/Michigan NLG chapter and with student chapters at other law schools in Michigan. Our mission is to use law for the people—uniting lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, and valuing human and ecological rights and interests over private property.
NLG is dedicated to meeting the need for basic change in the structure of our political, legal, and economic system. Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of building power among workers, women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, people with disabilities, people of color, and other oppressed peoples and nations across the world; those who seek actively to eliminate racism; those who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and those who use the law as an instrument for the protection and liberation of the people, rather than for their repression.
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