We are the National Lawers Guild

We defend the rights of people, communities, and organizations, by valuing human rights over property interests.

What is the National Lawyers Guild? We are the oldest and largest progressive bar association and the first in the America to be racially integrated.

The Goal

Our mission is to use law as an instrument for the people. We unite lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to serve people first by valuing human rights over property interests. The NLG is dedicated to the need for change in the structure of our political and economic system.


Strive for Equality

We seek to extend the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ people, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color.


Protect Our Civil Rights

We aim to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them.


Use the Law for the People

We believe in using law as an instrument for the protection of people, rather than as a tool for their repression.

Our Volunteer Teams

Learn about the volunteer teams that make up the Seattle NLG. If you'd like to volunteer, let us know if any of these teams seem like a good fit for you and our recruitment liaison will reach out to you with more information.

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Communications Group

We create graphics for internal updates & outreach, manage social media content on Twitter and Facebook, and maintain the website.

Community Outreach

We reach out to new communities and activist groups to inform them of who we are the ways we can support them.

Legal Observer In-reach

We strategically plan ways for legal observers to show up in helpful (not harmful) ways and implement safer legal observing methods.

Legal Research Group

We conduct legal research when novel legal questions arise, write briefs on new legal issues, and FOIA requests

Legislative/Policy Group

We monitor new bills and legislation of interest or concern and reach out to our local representatives to collaborate on bills, legislative issues, etc.

Mental Health Group

We helps support legal observers and other members experiencing trauma.

Monitoring Group

We keep a pulse on current events and communicate with organizations that may need support.

Technology Group

We work on implementing better and more secure communication systems.

Seattle Chapter Officers

Meet the current officers of the Seattle chapter!

Ravisha Kuma


Abbey McMahon

Vice President

Janet Thoman


Will Gelvick


Ariana Headrick

Student Vice-President

Diane Pau

At-Large Board Member

Grainne Griffiths

At-Large Board Member

Neil Fox

At-Large Board Member

Volunteer Opportunities

Become a part of the team. We have plenty of opportunities to volunteer. Become a legal observer, help set up events, and coordinate outreach.