For over four decades, the St. Louis Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) has been working, through the courts and in the streets, to defend the rights of public assembly and public protest.  We are attorneys, law students, and legal workers from across the greater St. Louis area who are dedicated to promoting free speech and to protecting the voices of dissent from suppression…

While we’ve been content over the years to do our work outside of the public eye, recent events have required us to take on a more public presence, to provide information and to facilitate communication with those who may need our assistance.

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The NLG is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.


Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ people, farmers, people with disabilities, and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.

Ferguson Legal Support

NLG  Legal  Support

The NLG has been on the ground providing legal support to protesters in Ferguson, Mo. following the police killing of unarmed Black teen, Michael Brown.  As a founding member of the Ferguson Legal Defense Committee (FLDC), we’ve issued an emergency call to action to all legal practitioners who’d like to contribute their expertise in defending protesters. We’re currently assembling a volunteer legal team to provide arrestees with pro bono representation.  

Ferguson  Legal  Defense  Committee

The Ferguson Legal Defense Committee (FLDC) was founded in 2014 in response to the community uprising in Ferguson, MO. All lawyers, legal workers and law students of conscience were called to support this struggle. The movement in Ferguson has spread across the nation and the world.